jetman1287 wrote:aaronwt wrote:jetman1287 wrote:I tried the Blockbuster trial as a possible alternative to Netflix and found it really disappointing. There aren't truly unlimited swaps and there are some odd restrictions to the plan.
Ever since Netflix announced the price hike, Blockbuster has had unlimited in store exchanges. I have the 3 out Blockbuster plan(as well as Netflix). The in store exchanges are truly unlimited at the local Blockbuster I use.
First, they made me sign up in the store - no cost, just a paperwork thing, okay - I thought I was already a member when I signed up online?? I wanted to trade my mail-in movie for a game....apparently if you read the fine print the in-store exchanges are for free MOVIES only, games are like $4.99 LOL. If you go online, all of the games have 100-day waits from release. Madden comes out in December!
Also, if you bring your movie back, you can't get another movie in-store, you have to wait for one in the mail. This isn't like Netflix where it arrives next day - Blockbuster takes 2-3 days for receipt and double that for shipping.
I should just be a Blockbuster overall MEMBER, period, with unlimited swapping of 2 blu-rays/games/movies by mail, store, or even kiosk, wherever....that's what the advertising leads you to believe...
I agree about signing up in store. They really need to merge the Stores & Online. I also thought it was odd to rent Games for a discount and Movies for free. Should be unlimited swaps. So far the mail time is the same for me.
If you call one of the Stores. The Stores are offering a special deal for unlimited in-Store swaps with disc by mail. If you prefer to do more in-Store swaps than online.
Just have to assume Dish will work on working out these kinks in the service.
I would use the store rentals rarely anyways as it's easier to just wait for the mail. Also until things get better. It's 2011 & it's a pain in the ass to have to drive back to the video store to return the Movie, even with no due dates. When I have options to pop it in the Mailbox or at any local store with Redbox. I might use the swapping on weekends or when guest are over. However I have a few Redboxs closer and online rental services too.
So Dish has some work to do. Can't complain much about the mail rentals and they do seem to carry much more Blu-Rays (old & new) and so far my turn around has been the same. Really disappointed with Netflix in that regard as they charge $3 extra for Blu-Rays & 28 days on New Releases with no real rewards from it. Streaming is still good for TV shows and many flicks. So far that is.
I mean if it wasn't was the price increase I don't think I would have ever bothered with Blockbuster and I kept hearing how bad they were. However I realized they are owned by Dish now and not the old owners & they are offering 30 days free. So why not.
Currently all 3 services are useful. Blockbuster for Blu-Rays in the mail, Redbox (plus Amazon & Vudu) for quick convenience and Netflix for streaming.
I will continue this discussion in the thread I made: viewtopic.php?f=44&t=43268