My 2 Cents: It seems that NetFlix is not the only one that wants VOD (video on demand) to be the next best thing since sliced bread. It seems that blockbuster is going to be nice and give you the device (glorified DVD player) free but will it be able to keep up with NetFlix’s unlimited plan (monthly fee)…we will have to see but since NetFlix is available on the XBOX360 don’t think that I am ready for another device…
Blockbuster just upped the ante in its competition against Netflix: The media entertainment provider Tuesday rolled out a digital media player that offers instant access through television sets to on-demand content of recently released movies. The service is essentially the evolution of Blockbusterâ€™s Movielink.com site, which offers roughly 10,000 on-demand movies for download to personal computers. Some 2,000 of those titles can be downloaded to televisions via Blockbuster OnDemand. Two elements of Blockbusterâ€™s recent offering are different from Netflixâ€™s: the fees and the movies.
First, the 2Wire MediaPoint digital media player is available at no charge â€”but the customer must rent 25 Blockbuster OnDemand movies in advance, at a cost of $99 through the companyâ€™s online service. After the initial 25 rentals, movie rentals start at $1.99 each. The players will begin shipping in time for the holiday season. Movies stay on the player for 30 days; once a movie is started, it must be viewed within 24 hours. Rival Netflix has a free â€śWatch Instantlyâ€ť feature, which streams movies to subscribersâ€™ TVs or personal computers, but users must subscribe to its unlimited monthly service. Second, Blockbuster said the movies it is offering are more current that those of other subscription-based services. Many of the films will be available through the Blockbuster OnDemand service within weeks of leaving theaters, according to the company.