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Blockbuster vs Netflix

Blockbuster vs Netflix Review

Which Online Video Rental service is best


Netflix vs. Blockbuster Review by Katie

     As the only 2 major providers of DVD by mail and online streaming, many people are wondering which service is the best value. I have tried the 30 day free trial offered by both to see which one worked best for me, and let you know the advantages and disadvantages of each. First, the price breakdown for Netflix: $7.99 per month for unlimited (1 disc at a time) rental. If you wish to add the online streaming service, that will be an additional $7.99 per month. That is total of $15.98 per month to be able to stream online and rent unlimited DVD’s with 1 disc mailed to you at a time. If you only want the DVD mail service, you can choose the 2 disc at time unlimited for $11.99 per month. At any time, you can upgrade your account to include HD Blu-Ray selections for an additional $2 per month.

Next, the price breakdown for Blockbuster: $9.99 per month for unlimited 1 disc at a time rental, or 2 at a time for $14.99. This includes Blu Ray, (which costs additional $2 per month with Netflix), and a selection of over 3,000 video games, which are not offered by Netflix. To stream movies online, Blockbuster offers a pay-per-view price of only $2.99-$3.99 per movie. So Blockbuster costs a little bit more, but after my free trial of both services, I felt that Blockbuster offered the better value because you could rent video games under their service, and you can swap your video at a local participating Blockbuster instead of having to wait on the mail. Blockbuster also gets most new releases 28 days before Netflix! For me, this was huge. The movies I usually want to rent are new releases, and I hate having to wait for them to be available through Netflix.

That said, both Blockbuster and Netflix offer a free 30 day trial, cancellation of your contract anytime, both can stream 1080p of video, and both have good 24/7 customer service. I chose Blockbuster because of the video game rental options, the new releases, the ability to swap out my rental at the local store and the fact Blockbuster didn’t charge extra for HD Blu-Ray rentals. So if you’re still not sure which service is right for you, sign up for the 30 day free trial and see what you think! Thanks for reading my Blockbuster vs. Netflix Review, to read just my my Blockbuster Video  Review check here.

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