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No Blockbuster?

Postby dpkilleen » Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:52 am

I'm a very new user and obviously didn't do enough homework before buying :( I'm very disappointed to find that Roku apparently doesn't have a Blockbuster channel. Is that coming?

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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby jeffrok » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:01 am

When the Roku box was first released, it was called "The Netflix Player".. Roku and Netflix still have a very close relationship, and I doubt they are going to let Blockbuster in on the game.
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby jambandit7 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:08 am

jeffrok wrote:When the Roku box was first released, it was called "The Netflix Player".. Roku and Netflix still have a very close relationship, and I doubt they are going to let Blockbuster in on the game.



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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby KennyJ » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:20 am

jeffrok wrote:When the Roku box was first released, it was called "The Netflix Player".. Roku and Netflix still have a very close relationship, and I doubt they are going to let Blockbuster in on the game.


It's certainly possible, though. Although Blockbuster's offerings aren't much different (if at all) from Amazon.com.

I have Blockbuster on my BD Player, but only used it to spend the $5 they gave me for signing up. I almost always use Amazon via Roku.
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby CalvinMcGowan » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:23 am

jeffrok wrote:When the Roku box was first released, it was called "The Netflix Player".. Roku and Netflix still have a very close relationship, and I doubt they are going to let Blockbuster in on the game.

Why not? Roku added Amazon VOD to their lineup of content providers, as well as several others like Hulu+, BigStar, Drive-In Classics, DreamTV, etc., and I wouldn't mind seeing Blockbuster VOD added too. Increased choices is a good thing, eh?
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby RokuPatrick » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:09 am

dpkilleen wrote:I'm a very new user and obviously didn't do enough homework before buying :( I'm very disappointed to find that Roku apparently doesn't have a Blockbuster channel. Is that coming?

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While we don't offer Blockbuster, we do offer Amazon Video On Demand. After a brief survey of Blockbuster's VOD offerings, Amazon:
- Has a much larger selection
- Has High-definition video
- Has 5.1 audio

Is there a feature or specific content that Blockbuster has that you're interested in? If you haven't already, take a look at the Amazon offering.
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby Munst » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:44 am

Blockbuster is already dead...they just don't know it yet.
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby Elvis Impersonator » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:04 am

Munst wrote:Blockbuster is already dead...they just don't know it yet.


actually . . . I think they know . . .
http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2010/09/blockbuster-officially-going-bankrupt-for-really-real-this-time.ars
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby mkiker2089 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:34 am

Elvis Impersonator wrote:
Munst wrote:Blockbuster is already dead...they just don't know it yet.


actually . . . I think they know . . .
http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2010/09/blockbuster-officially-going-bankrupt-for-really-real-this-time.ars


The still don't "know". They think they can come out of bankruptcy as the new Netflix and put everyone else back a peg. They even sold their name to a cash register company to put RedBox out of business.

If Blockbuster were a single human they would have been diagnosed as schizophrenic years ago and locked away where they can't hurt anyone anymore.
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby dpkilleen » Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:52 am

RokuPatrick wrote:
dpkilleen wrote:I'm a very new user and obviously didn't do enough homework before buying :( I'm very disappointed to find that Roku apparently doesn't have a Blockbuster channel. Is that coming?

Thanks

dpkilleen


While we don't offer Blockbuster, we do offer Amazon Video On Demand. After a brief survey of Blockbuster's VOD offerings, Amazon:
- Has a much larger selection
- Has High-definition video
- Has 5.1 audio

Is there a feature or specific content that Blockbuster has that you're interested in? If you haven't already, take a look at the Amazon offering.



No, nothing specific. My concern was mostly with the Blockbuster commercials that claim to release streaming DVD's the same day that the physical DVD's come out. Are you saying that Amazon VOD does the same thing? If so, then I'd much happier.

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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby hn333 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:25 am

dpkilleen wrote:I'm a very new user and obviously didn't do enough homework before buying :( I'm very disappointed to find that Roku apparently doesn't have a Blockbuster channel. Is that coming?

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Blockbuster is dead :D
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby mkiker2089 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:04 pm

dpkilleen wrote:No, nothing specific. My concern was mostly with the Blockbuster commercials that claim to release streaming DVD's the same day that the physical DVD's come out. Are you saying that Amazon VOD does the same thing? If so, then I'd much happier.

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Yes, Amazon gets the movies first. blockbuster is a pay per title system the same as Amazon, only more expensive and not quite as good.
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby RokuPatrick » Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:06 pm

mkiker2089 wrote:
dpkilleen wrote:No, nothing specific. My concern was mostly with the Blockbuster commercials that claim to release streaming DVD's the same day that the physical DVD's come out. Are you saying that Amazon VOD does the same thing? If so, then I'd much happier.

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Yes, Amazon gets the movies first. blockbuster is a pay per title system the same as Amazon, only more expensive and not quite as good.



Do note that standard for the industry, many movies are not available to rent and stream on the same day as DVD sales. In many cases, you can buy a digital copy when the DVD comes out and rent 30-60 days later. That's just how it is. Some studios do day and date rentals, however.
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby jeffrok » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:12 pm

CalvinMcGowan wrote:
jeffrok wrote:When the Roku box was first released, it was called "The Netflix Player".. Roku and Netflix still have a very close relationship, and I doubt they are going to let Blockbuster in on the game.

Why not? Roku added Amazon VOD to their lineup of content providers, as well as several others like Hulu+, BigStar, Drive-In Classics, DreamTV, etc., and I wouldn't mind seeing Blockbuster VOD added too. Increased choices is a good thing, eh?


My GUESS is that when Netflix and Roku partnered up, they agreed to not let their fierce (at the time) competitor, Blockbuster to be a Roku developer. As unfair as that might sound to Blockbuster, these partnerships happen all the time.. I can't get the NFL Sunday Ticket on my cable box, for the same reasons.. Agreements..
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Re: No Blockbuster?

Postby mkiker2089 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:36 pm

jeffrok wrote:
CalvinMcGowan wrote:
jeffrok wrote:When the Roku box was first released, it was called "The Netflix Player".. Roku and Netflix still have a very close relationship, and I doubt they are going to let Blockbuster in on the game.

Why not? Roku added Amazon VOD to their lineup of content providers, as well as several others like Hulu+, BigStar, Drive-In Classics, DreamTV, etc., and I wouldn't mind seeing Blockbuster VOD added too. Increased choices is a good thing, eh?


My GUESS is that when Netflix and Roku partnered up, they agreed to not let their fierce (at the time) competitor, Blockbuster to be a Roku developer. As unfair as that might sound to Blockbuster, these partnerships happen all the time.. I can't get the NFL Sunday Ticket on my cable box, for the same reasons.. Agreements..


I doubt that's the reason. Blockbuster just hasn't made a channel. Roku has a public SDK so all they have to do is make one and distribute it. If someone really wants it they should contact BB and see if a compatible stream is sent. From there it's either up to that user to finance a channel build or try and convince BB to build one.

When Netflix and Roku split ways BB still didn't have streaming so no one knew what was coming.

One question, is Blockbuster actually behind the streaming or is it another deal like the Kiosks?
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