Dish Network’s Blockbuster on October 1 delivered a tasty alternative for miserable Netflix customers. It’s called Blockbuster Movie Pass — hyped up as, execs say, “the most comprehensive TV entertainment programming package ever delivered by a multichannel pay TV provider.”
Quite a promise. Here’s the offering:
- Over 100,000 titles available on DVD
- Stream thousands of movies to your TV or PC
- Unlimited movies, TV shows and games by mail
- Unlimited in-store exchanges
- Plus over 20 great entertainment channels.
That all sounds like a great package — except maybe the in-store exchange. When was the last time you saw a brick and mortar Blockbuster?
Comcast, too, is in with a wide selection of streaming programing for no extra charge. Xfinitytv.com gives you access to all the extras you’re already paying for on your normal TV cable bill, including HBO. The new interface is similar to the current Netflix interface, where you can browse and sort movies.
It was only a matter of time until these television providers tried to get a foot in the door for online content. No better time for them than now, when so many Netflix customers are upset and rethinking their plans.