Blockbuster to favor Blu-ray HD

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  1. OmegaScourge

    OmegaScourge Custom Made TFW2005 Supporter

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    though i dont rent from Blockbuster (i go to Hollywood Video), this can't be a good thing for HD DVD.

    But in the end, i dont care...as by the time i get either one, hopefully, there's only going to be one...though i already have the "The Matrix Collection" on HD DVD.
     
  2. peeman

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    i live in the uk but here they have only been doing blue ray in my blockbuster for a few months now
     
  3. Bryan

    Bryan ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    What about who really matters--which format is Netflix going with?
     
  4. bigkid24

    bigkid24 Well-Known Member

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    So do you think this will weigh more than the porn industry's decision to go with HD DVD?
     
  5. ckhtiger

    ckhtiger old skool fool

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    well, a buddy of mine is already getting blu-ray movies from netflix. don't know if they carry hddvd or not, though.
     
  6. Bryan

    Bryan ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I actually just checked, and they do carry both. Freedom of choice FTW! I'll keep Watching Now, though.
     
  7. b_ack51

    b_ack51 I'm on the interweb!

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    Blockbuster online is better than Netflix. Return the dvds to a store and get free rentals while your other dvds are being shipped.
     
  8. MegaMoonMan

    MegaMoonMan www.megamoonman.com TFW2005 Supporter

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    But then you still have to take them back to the store, right? That kills it for me - having to return videos was the whole reason I went with Netflix.

    Netflix FTW!
     
  9. Omegatron

    Omegatron Mandatory Fun. Buy it now TFW2005 Supporter

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    And...
    Just got my dad a subscription to Blockbuster online- he was interested in watching the Sopranos, and I'm just a little too cheap to shell out for 6 season's worth of DVDs.

    Edit: You don't have to take them back to the store- you can just return them via mail, too. the store-return is a faster method to getting new discs shipped out, because they scan them at the store.
     
  10. Bryan

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    Okay. But with Netflix, you get Watch Now. Get a free rental immediately without even leaving the house.

    To be honest, Netflix sent me DVDs in Iraq and Afghanistan. As such, my customer loyalty to them is probably unshakeable.
     
  11. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    Some perspective on Blockbuster's announcement...

    Netflix Total Revenue for the year 2006: $996.7 million
    (source: http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6409885.html)

    Blockbuster Total Revenue for the year 2006: $5.52 billion
    (source: http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6419949.html)

    Total Rental Market Revenue for the year 2006: $7.5 billions
    (according to http://www.dvdinformation.com/News/press/CES010807.htm)

    So we get:

    13.4% for Netflix
    73.6% for Blockbuster

    At less than 20% of Blockbuster's retail sales, not even Netflix can save HD-DVD.
     
  12. Optimus-JD

    Optimus-JD Team Laser Explosion!

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    Neato, Blockbuster can kiss my ass anyway. Haven't been in one of their stores since 1999 when they turned me into collections for 11 bucks worth of late fees. Asshats, if they were like Hollywood or hastings I would have paid that the next time I rented! After I got the collection notice I sent them a letter back in the envelope basicaly telling them to suck it.
     
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    Too little, too late. Most people jumped on with Netflix when they debuted. Blockbuster should have been a little bit more proactive, boo on them.
     
  14. Primus

    Primus Beware, the modelers. Veteran

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    That's pretty awesome. I've been using Netflix for about five years now. I've been nothing but happy with them.
     
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    *SIGH* Interesting point... completely ignored...
     
  16. 03Mach1

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    It's being ignored because the home rental side of the porn industry isn't the power player that it was in the 80's when it helped VHS win the tape format war. Porn's free on the internet and it's everywhere. Not to mention HD porn just isn't necessary.
     
  17. ChldsPlay

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    I have issues with Netflix and Blockbuster. I used to use Netflix, but then they pulled their crap of taking forever to send movies to people who watch a lot. So, I cancelled them and tried Blockbuster, and kept doing blockbuster for like 8 months because I kept having free monthly trials. So 8 months for free was pretty good. I got my movies a lot faster than from Netflix too. That is until the HD stuff started. Blockbuster is horrible when it comes to HD and Blu-Ray. I have about 15 titles in my queue. One is available, one is long wait, one is very long wait, and the rest are "Coming Soon." And those are mostly titles that have been out for awhile. One of those Coming Soon's has been out nearly a year in fact. I had hoped with total access I could get HD movies online and get the movies that weren't available in HD at the store. Now I'm out of movies I'd want to rent in standard definition, and I'm not being sent anything from my queue.

    I'm just not happy with either. I'd like Netflix's selection with the total access...if only they'd merge or something.

    And Blockbuster does have HD-DVD online and will continue to carry them online and in the 250 stores that already do carry them.
     
  18. Optimus-JD

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    Really, I don't need or want to see every little......well yeah you know.
     
  19. Wingwolf77

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    LOL I used to work for Blockbuster and back when they had late fees the process looked like this:
    1 day after your movie is late a bbv employee does the fos list which they must check the shelf to see if your move is infact not on the shelf or "Found On Shelf"
    2 days after you would have got a phone call in 99 it would have been a human being now its automated
    you would have got a phone call every other day until its past 15 days or returned. At 11 bucks I assume 2 days late for a new rel
    So your balance would have been on the account for 30 days you would get a letter that tells you that you have said balance and if you don't pay you may go to collections
    you get another letter at 60 days and one more at 69
    after 69 days you would have gone to "bad debit" Thats when you start to get collections letters.

    I had to deal with people like you all the time when I was a store manager. Is it really that hard to pay the 11 bucks within 69 days? Really? after phone calls and letters?
    Also note you would never have gone to collections for 11 bucks. It was an empty thereat as it would have cost them more to pay the collectors. Nothing under 30 bucks went.
     
  20. CANNABIS PRIME

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    meaningless format war...

    in a few years, we'll all be downloading from the net and the new battles will be fought over memory storage. the BitTorrent way makes it fast too.
     

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