Originally Posted by mproper
- Intelliflix sucks and should be avoided, correct? Despite the lower cost and them offering game rentals (and uhm...mature titles)?
- If (1) is true, then I am limited to BB or Netflix as the good choices?
- Neither BB nor Netflix offer game rentals, correct?
- If (3) is true, is there an alternative?
- What is Netflix "throttling" and is it still an issue?
- What is the issue with BB's "end of late fees" claim and is that still an issue?
Barring any deals or free rentals that BB offers, are there any other major concerns I should be aware of?
Subscriber of both (former in the case of Netflix), and here are my thoughts:
1. Don't know, haven't had experience with them
2. Again, don't know, but I'm pretty sure this is true.
3. This is correct. Netflix offers no games at all. BB doesn't offer games online, but they do give 2 free coupons per month that are good for movies OR games rental in store.
4. I understand there are game rental sites that exclusively rent games. I've seen commercials for Gamefly on TV, there could be others. I believe Gamefly works the same way BB and Netflix work and costs $9.95/month for 1 at a time, $14.95/mon for 2.
5. Throttling is when they notice that you have a high turnover rate on rentals (I'm guessing maybe 12+/month) and they start giving other people first preference over you for movies in short supply; start delaying outgoing shipments to you; or don't turn around your next movie as quickly when you send one back. I was hit by throttling HARD about 2 years ago when I was a member (I routinely got 18-20+/month), and it forced me to switch to BB.
6. I'm pretty sure this depends on your local BB. I understand at least most of them are franchise, so they don't HAVE to participate in all promotions. End of late fees means you get 1 week grace period after the return due date during which you will pay nothing. After this week, they automatically charge you the difference between the rental price and the total price of the movie/game and inform you that you now own the title - for good. If you return the movie in the next week, they will pro-rate refund the purchase price of the movie/game based on how much longer you had it rented past the grace period.
Editorial: I'm with BB now, but I'm definitely not a happy camper. BB is terrible about turning movies around for me. If I have anything less than 30 in my queue, sometimes when one of my previous movies gets returned, they will not send the new one out for at least a couple days. Add to this that easily 35% of my list is showing "short wait" or worse, and it makes it VERY hard to get the movies I actually want, when I want them. Not to mention, I don't think I've actually gotten a movie showing "short wait" or worse, EVER. They just sit there showing a wait, and NEVER become available, even though they are at the top of my list. One other problem - they have movies that they simply will NOT ship you. E.g. I have had "The Omen 2: Damien's Return" in my list at #1 for over 6 months!
. This movie says that it's "available", but they will NOT ship it to me. I've even tried letting my list go down to nothing to FORCE them to ship it - nothing. It just sits there while they ship nothing. This has happened with pretty much every other movie in the top 8 spots on my list. I've written 3 emails, and they do nothing. So now you know the down sides of BB.
The good part about BB is all the in store rentals, free coupons, and better quality of discs. Netflix discs (when I was a member) were almost ALL scratched. Most of them were not even playable all the way through. BB has scratched discs too, but most seem at least playable. One thing about the in store rentals though - they're not all they're cracked up to be. With "no late fees" and everyone getting free rentals all the time, the local stores have almost NO stock on most everything. I would conservatively estimate that of the movies available in store, only about 30-40% are available for rental at any given time.
Whew, that was a long post. Hope it helps you