Update on 18-July-2010 – It is also interesting to note that in an article on ChristinaPF.com about this same topic, the author ultimately decided to go with Netflix as well. See the following link for more details. ChristianPF.com – Netflix vs. Blockbuster Online
However, the decision to use Netflix didn’t come easy. When I first started out in the DVD-by-mail world, I subscribed to Blockbuster Online.
Therfore, in today’s post, I wanted to walk through a comparison of the two principle DVD-by-mail service providers so that you all can make an informed decision as to which best suits your needs.
Let’s get started!
The link below from Blockbuster.com gives a great overview/comparison of the features offerred by both Blockbuster and Netflix.
- Offers DVD’s either by mail only or a small alotment of monthly in-store exchanges.
- Able to return DVD’s by mail or at Blockbuster stores.
- Ships DVD’s by mail in ~1 business day.
- Able to download movies online for a rental charge.
- >95,000 movies and TV shows.
- Blue-Ray movies included in monthly rental subscription program FREE of charge.
- 1 DVD rental a time = $8.99 ($11.99 with 5 in-store exchanges)
- 2 DVD’s = $13.99 ($16.99 with 5 in-store exchanges)
DVD rental by mail only.
Ships DVD’s by mail in ~1 business day.
Blue-Ray movies not included in regular program. Additional $2 per month fee charged.
Able to stream good, new movies and TV episodes for free with your paid subscription on an unlimited basis using their online viewer.
Same pricing as Blockbuster mail-only fees listed above.
No in-store exchanges.
Enjoy going out to a brick-and-mortar movie rental store and being able to physically look at all of the selections.
For me personally, I have very found memories of going to the movie store as a kid. It’s a fun activity, after all! But, that was before online movie rental became big!
Demand on viewing Blue-Ray versions of movies (since this is offerred at no extra charge with Blockbuster).
Click on the following link to check out Blockbuster’s website – Blockbuster Video
Enjoy watching a good variety of quality, new and vintage movies in regular DVD format.
Enjoy having a wide access to even more movies and TV episodes that you can stream instantly online.
This was the biggest selling point for me in my decision to go to Netflix. It is the same price as Blockbuster, but I am able to stream many shows and movies online. In fact, at home right now, I am watching Karate Kid II instantly!
Click on the Netflix image below to view a full listing of pricing and features (free trial also available).
How about you all? Do you use Netflix or Blockbuster? Which do you find is better suited to your needs?
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