If you want more than the latest Hollywood releases, you unfortunately are stuck with Netflix.
No you're not--BB online in many respects has had a deeper, more diverse, collection than NF, especially with respect to non-mainstream selections, which is what I mostly rent: Criterions, Asian titles, double disk special editions and collector's editions. I think NF has closed the gap in the past year and the disparity is not as great as it once was, but it never tilted in favor of NF. Now the two are merely comparable.
I'll stick with Netflix, I have no real issue with their throttling policy, it hasn't effected me and for the 3/out program I feel I get my money's worth
Me, too--I'll stick with Netflix, even if you are throttled, NF is still a fine deal--very nice selection at $1-1.50 a disc. However, BB online for the same monthly NF fee is the better deal for me when you factor in the 4 free e-coupon rentals each month.
That's really odd, they must allow individual franchisees to control inventory. Locally the Blockbuster stores have aisle after aisle of multiple copies of at best the top 100 mainstream movies. Nothing at all for releases more than say two years old unless it was something as sanitary as Sleepless in Seattle.
Kingsqueak--no doubt the value of the in-store e-coupons depends on where you live--our area is considered affluent, more educated, liberal-leaning, dense with colleges, the arts, etc. There's a lot of competition here. I grew up in central Jersey and visit often--so I know full well what you are probably up against, unless you live near Princeton, which I bet probably has better BB in-store diversity than even we do.
If NF can not even turn over each movie I receive more than once per week. Especially if I get them back in the mail the next morning, then there is definitely something wrong.
Craig, you're a NF newbie, so you will be forgiven your naivete. Post back as your year progresses. Enjoy the perks of being a newbie and look out for the warning signs, like when you mail your discs back Wednesday, you live near the distribution center so you know they're reliably received on Thursday--but for some reason they are not logged in until Monday and your next discs don't ship until Tuesday. Then you'll know you've been throttled.
I'm actually a "newbie" in NF terms right now as well, even though I've used them for years, since we recently did the quit/rejoin song and dance, again, after being throttled unusually hard, again. Now, three movies previously tied up on "very long wait" in my former queue--Cafe Lumiere, Junebug and the Bruce Springsteen Hammersmith Odeon concert--are on their way to me. It's nice to be a newbie.
Also, no one should be wishing for the impending demise of BB stores or their online service--get over the fact you paid late fees to them rather than signing on with NF years ago like the rest of us did--today, fewer options means less competition, higher prices and less incentive for NF to try any harder then they currently do.
if anything, this is the death of Ballbuster -- they are getting really desperate
Actually, what they're doing seems to make good business sense to me: the e-coupons get you into their stores, which you wouldn't otherwise go into--you're limited to stock on hand and possibly tempted to make other purchases or rentals--which in turn help the bottom line of the store. That's savvy, not desperate: leveraging one of the advantages they have over NF--the B&M stores--while at the same time providing everything NF does online for the same price. Even if you just used your BB e-coupons for the Hollywood titles and new releases--and ordered the more eclectic and obscure stuff online, it's win-win.