Sunday, February 25, 2007

Netflix vs Blockbuster?

Has anyone had positive or negative experiences with either company? Their pricing is the same. The selection appears to be deep in both places -- they both carry Dziga Vertov's The Man With the Movie Camera and Cecil B. DeMille's The Cheat. Both have large selections of foreign films...

I'm at a loss.

10 comments:

Adam said...

I've never paid for the Netflix service, but I did a three week trial once when I lived on campus. It was great.



I could only have three movies out at any one time. So, I got my first three, watched the first one one night, put it in the mail the next day. So every day that I would watch a movie I'd mail it back the next morning (in the provided postage paid envelope).



So by the fourth day after first receiving my movies, I would drop one it to return in the morning, go check my mail and a new one had arrived. It was a neat cycle. I watched so much stuff those two weeks.



If I remember correctly, I watched all of the Queer As Folk series this way(I think it was in season 4 by then).



Oh, and the reason you can get a new movie so fast is because Netflix has a distribution center in Chattanooga. Depending on what time of day you get the old movie mailed, you can have a new one in a day or two.

Adam said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I used to work for Blockbuster a long time ago. They are an evil corporation and you should not use their services.



We (the customer service representatives) were supposed to remain up to date on the newest movie releases, which totally makes sense in that all day people would walk in and say "is this good" or "well what about this one" or "what do you recommend". And the funny thing is that we weren't allowed to rent 'new releases' until they had been on the shelves for several months (the exact number I cannot remember). We couldn't even do this if we were going to bring it back the next day. And I don't mean take it home for free (which was a completely BS perk); we weren't even allowed to pay to rent it.



That's right, when I worked at Blockbuster it was company policy that employees not be allowed to rent movies even if we paid for them (unless they were from the crappy middle section of the store).



So yeah, Blockbuster is evil.

AT said...

Yah, blockbuster is evil, but dammit, they're so much more cost effective. I had netflix for about a year about a year ago, and it seemed like after a while the movies started taking longer and longer to get to us. I've read conspiracy theories that say this happens to people who tend to blow through movies pretty quickly, but I saw myself where the lag time between when I stick the movie in the mailbox, and the next movie gets to me grow from 4 days to 13 days. That pissed me off.

So, around Christmas or so, I tried out Blockbuster, and despite it being evil, I've liked it. I feel dirty, yes, but I can watch my movies with my filth. That, and the whole total access thing is sweet, wherein you take the movies you got in the mail to the blockbuster store, get a free rental for each one of them, and the mailed movies automatically register as checked in, so Blockbuster immediately sends the next one to you. ITs pretty bitchin.

And I just said bitchin. Wow.

Jamison said...

I have the same Blockbuster is a vile evil corporation problem as AT. I've used Netflix for years and they throttle the hell out of you (it's not a conspiracy when they are really out to get you). The number is around 14 movies a month after that they start slowing you down. BTW, don't bother trying to have more movies out at the same time, the throttling doesn't change because you have more movie selections available. I've heard a lot of things from people about the the checking the movies in at the local Blockbuster store, but honestly the company's business model is about charging late fees, that represents the vast majority of their profit margin. So it's hard to give business to people who base their profits on stealing from honest people. The way I figure it for 20 dollars a month you get 14 movies that's a $1.50 a movie, which is reasonable compared to the fact that I use to rent 4 movies once a month from Blockbuster and pay the exact same twenty dollars. I don't know anything about their new scam, but it's been my experience that corporations don't change, they just get worse or more creative in the ways that they steal from you.

Keera said...

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sravana said...

IIRC, Blockbuster is really into the pro-life movement. Just sayin'

Jamison said...

Sravana makes a good point. Maybe the best way to look at this is to look at their BuyBlue ratings. Netflix versus Blockbuster. You can make the call based off that.

alice said...

I think I'm going to have to go with Netflix. Overall, it would appear that they're much less evil. Thanks for all the info, everyone!

Joe P. said...

late to the conversation, but i'm very happy with NetFlix as their catalog is massive compared to the 'Buster.

and like others, i've seen too many friends get badly treated as 'Buster employees.

alice said...

Thanks, Joe. I am expecting my first netflix movie to arrive tomorrow (Little Miss Sunshine, if that was going to be anyone's next question)! I've been digging around in foreign films and so far, the selection seems to be pretty good -- I haven't run into a limit yet, anyway...