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post #3511 of 4010
BB website has been BARELY working all day.
post #3512 of 4010
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Originally Posted by bigbeefxy1 View Post

BB website has been BARELY working all day.


They are updating the website.


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post #3513 of 4010
The Dark Knight has been changed to UNKNOWN status. eek.gif



Ian
post #3514 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

The Dark Knight has been changed to UNKNOWN status. eek.gif
Ian
Yeah, I just noticed the same thing.

It looks like Blockbuster may have caved to the studios and implemented delays on new titles. I guess I'll just have to start buying new BDs on the day they that they're released in the store. Just kidding; there's no way this will dissuade me from renting. The delay doesn't make me happy, but there's no real alternative. At least not to those of us who want to stick to the law. I can't imagine that these actions won't increase shared downloads to those that don't give a rip about what's legal. It's a short-sighted move to preserve a physical distribution system that is dying out.

Oh well, the next Batman movie should be available by the end of the year. Unfortunately for Blockbuster, this just about eliminates the one advantage they had going for them, at least for non-Dish subscribers.

Scott
post #3515 of 4010
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

Yeah, I just noticed the same thing.
It looks like Blockbuster may have caved to the studios and implemented delays on new titles. I guess I'll just have to start buying new BDs on the day they that they're released in the store. Just kidding; there's no way this will dissuade me from renting. The delay doesn't make me happy, but there's no real alternative. At least not to those of us who want to stick to the law. I can't imagine that these actions won't increase shared downloads to those that don't give a rip about what's legal. It's a short-sighted move to preserve a physical distribution system that is dying out.
Oh well, the next Batman movie should be available by the end of the year. Unfortunately for Blockbuster, this just about eliminates the one advantage they had going for them, at least for non-Dish subscribers.
Scott


I agree. Lower quality lossy audio from select BD's and delayed rental releases, are also driving more and more people toward streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.



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post #3516 of 4010
Boy, just a month after I praise them for how much the service seems to have improved, we're finding that new releases aren't showing up. Additionally, they just sent me the number 10 movie on my queue list. That hasn't happened for a long time.

Let's hope this is a momentary blip, and not a harbinger of future service.
post #3517 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

They are updating the website.
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Thanks. It certainly seems faster now.
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

I agree. Lower quality lossy audio from select BD's and delayed rental releases, are also driving more and more people toward streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.
Ian wink.gif

Lately, I have been buying a bunch of cheap blu-rays from Amazon. Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 were on sale after Thanksgiving for $3.99 each. They even said it came with an online stream, thought I'm not sure if and when that expires.
post #3518 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

I agree. Lower quality lossy audio from select BD's and delayed rental releases, are also driving more and more people toward streaming services like Netflix and Amazon.

[citation needed]

Lossy audio is not driving people towards streaming: why go for *worse* audio/video, not to mention non-OAR or stereo-only streams.

I agree on the rental delays.
post #3519 of 4010
Cost and convienience is what is driving streaming .. we on the Forum tend to forget that we really don't represent the bulk of the population .. you know, that dude we all like to talk about .. whether it's Joe Six Pack, Average Joe, etc .. .. with his families average size 42" set embedded with a NetFlix and Amazon app ..
post #3520 of 4010
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Originally Posted by PeterTHX View Post

[citation needed]
Lossy audio is not driving people towards streaming: why go for *worse* audio/video, not to mention non-OAR or stereo-only streams.
I agree on the rental delays.


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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Cost and convienience is what is driving streaming .. we on the Forum tend to forget that we really don't represent the bulk of the population .. you know, that dude we all like to talk about .. whether it's Joe Six Pack, Average Joe, etc .. .. with his families average size 42" set embedded with a NetFlix and Amazon app ..


I said ALSO. The pile is just getting bigger and bigger and stripping down rentals isn't making it any smaller.


Ian wink.gif
Edited by mailiang - 12/5/12 at 4:54pm
post #3521 of 4010
Well, it looks like the Blockbuster website has gone through a minor redesign.

It seems it's primarily cosmetic, with a slightly different layout and background. They've changed the availability categories to reflect demand instead of wait.

One big change is browsing. The new release links are gone, as far as I could tell. That's too bad, it was my secondary tool for adding movies to the queue, right after the In Theaters link, which is still there.

And It's still slow as ever.

The number of delayed or unavailable titles continues to grow. Among them:

  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • ParaNorman
  • The Apparition
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift, which is also only showing as DVD, not BD
  • A Christmas Story 2, also only showing as DVD, not BD
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Total Recall


It's too bad the service is deteriorating so much.

Scott
Edited by srw1000 - 12/18/12 at 1:15pm
post #3522 of 4010
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

Well, it looks like the Blockbuster website has gone through a minor redesign.
It seems it's primarily cosmetic, with a slightly different layout and background. They've changed the availability categories to reflect demand instead of wait.
It's still slow as ever, though.
The number of delayed or unavailable titles continues to grow. Among them:
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • ParaNorman
  • The Apparition
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift, which is also only showing as DVD, not BD
  • A Christmas Story 2, also only showing as DVD, not BD
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Total Recall
It's too bad the service is deterioration.
Scott

They moved the TDNR to my Que, but it still says unavailable! rolleyes.gif I think I'll be cancelling my subscription and sticking with Netflix.


Ian wink.gif
post #3523 of 4010
So does Blockbuster have any 3D titles to rent online or are they only availale in store? I got an email giving me 50% off for two months if I come back. So if I do come back it would be to rent some 3D BD titles.
post #3524 of 4010
What a mess that new site is. No way to search for just Blu ray releases. No way to find new releases.
post #3525 of 4010
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Originally Posted by badboi View Post

What a mess that new site is. No way to search for just Blu ray releases. No way to find new releases.


+1




Ian
post #3526 of 4010
The Dark Knight Rises is available in store on BD. I got lucky and snatched up the last copy last weekend when i was exchanging a mailed disc.

Thankfully, there is a store near me. If that ever closes, I think i will cancel this service.
post #3527 of 4010
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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

The Dark Knight Rises is available in store on BD. I got lucky and snatched up the last copy last weekend when i was exchanging a mailed disc.
Thankfully, there is a store near me. If that ever closes, I think i will cancel this service.


Same here.  I got equally lucky and exchanged 2 mailed discs for Dark Knight and Bourne Legacy - but, when the store closes, as I assume it will, I won't pay the $$$ for the slow/poor mail service.  Only the exchange-in-store feature makes keeping BB worthwhile.

post #3528 of 4010
Can you return the mail discs to a store even if you don't have the in store exchange?

I recently took BB up on the offer of two months at half pirce. But I didn't realize it was only for the mail service. It didn't include in store exchanges.
post #3529 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

Can you return the mail discs to a store even if you don't have the in store exchange?
I recently took BB up on the offer of two months at half pirce. But I didn't realize it was only for the mail service. It didn't include in store exchanges.


I beleive you can, but it won't save you any time from mailing it back, which is what the store does.


BTW, I just pulled the plug on my subscription after all these years.



Bye Bye Blockbuster!




Ian biggrin.gif
Edited by mailiang - 12/21/12 at 3:04pm
post #3530 of 4010
Originally Posted by mailiang View Post
I beleive you can, but it won't save you any time from mailing it back, which is what the store does.

If you return them Mon-Wed, they will show as returned in the system, and they will ship you the next items in your queue. At least they did for me cool.gif

post #3531 of 4010
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Originally Posted by iamian View Post

If you return them Mon-Wed, they will show as returned in the system, and they will ship you the next items in your queue. At least they did for me cool.gif


You are correct. As I recall now, before they closed all their stores here rolleyes.gif they swiped them out of my que.



Ian wink.gif
post #3532 of 4010
Is Blockbuster delaying mail delivery of new Blu Ray releases? Both BourneLegacy and Total Recall are in a " not available" sublist separate from my queue, however they're listed available for sale and streaming on the website. What gives?
post #3533 of 4010
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Originally Posted by jamawass View Post

Is Blockbuster delaying mail delivery of new Blu Ray releases? Both BourneLegacy and Total Recall are in a " not available" sublist separate from my queue, however they're listed available for sale and streaming on the website. What gives?


Yes! Like TDNR I believe they may also be available to rent in their stores, which have rental plans that are pricier. This makes a lot of sense. since they keep closing locations due to the fact that their retail store market has been failing. rolleyes.gif So unless you have a BB by mail in store exchange plan, and a location near you, If you want to play, you have to pay.


Ian wink.gif
Edited by mailiang - 12/23/12 at 9:00am
post #3534 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

Yes! Like TDNR I believe they may also be available to rent in their stores, which have rental plans that are pricier. This makes a lot of sense. since they keep closing locations due to the fact that their retail store market has been failing. rolleyes.gif So unless you have a BB by mail in store exchange plan, and a location near you, If you want to play, you have to pay.
Ian wink.gif
Well I went to my nearest Blockbuster Store today for an in-store-exchange and guess what? It's closed, must have happened in the last two weeks since I last visited it. I will now cancel my Blockbuster subscription as this was the only advantage it had over Netflix (already have a streaming only account) especially now that I can no longer get new releases by mail.
post #3535 of 4010
ParaNorman is still listed as "unknown" as is the recently released Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. To top it off, I'm unable to add Ted to my queue. I've tried and tried to give Blockbuster the benefit of the doubt. But I'm sad to say, my days with them are numbered.
post #3536 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

ParaNorman is still listed as "unknown" as is the recently released Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. To top it off, I'm unable to add Ted to my queue. I've tried and tried to give Blockbuster the benefit of the doubt. But I'm sad to say, my days with them are numbered.


At least you're not alone.wink.gif Join the crowd and pull the plug!




Ian biggrin.gif
post #3537 of 4010
I had rejoined Blockbuster at the half price special they gave me to get some 3D rentals. But now, thanks to this forum, I found www.3d-blurayrental.com and they have a large selection of 3D BD titles to choose from to rent. SO once I go through the few 3d BD rentals that Blockbuster has, I will drop my subscription again.
post #3538 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

But now, thanks to this forum, I found www.3d-blurayrental.com and they have a large selection of 3D BD titles to choose from to rent.


Too pricy for me.


Ian
post #3539 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

Too pricy for me.
Ian

At $35.99 a month for the three out plan($25.99 for two and $15.99 for one out) it is $16 a month more than what Blockbuster and Netflix offers for three out.(BB and Netflix are both $19.99 a month for three out with BDs)But Netflix doesn't offer 3D BD rentals and BB is very limited. So I figure the rental plan is ultimately cheaper for me for the 3D titles than buying them since I'll only be watching them one time for the majority of titles.
post #3540 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

At $35.99 a month for the three out plan($25.99 for two and $15.99 for one out) it is $16 a month more than what Blockbuster and Netflix offers for three out.(BB and Netflix are both $19.99 a month for three out with BDs)But Netflix doesn't offer 3D BD rentals and BB is very limited. So I figure the rental plan is ultimately cheaper for me for the 3D titles than buying them since I'll only be watching them one time for the majority of titles.

I'm not really into 3D and personally even if I were, It wouldn't be cost effective for me. As long a BB is run by Dish, (of whom I dropped years ago in favor of DTV) I don't see any real change in their rental polices. Netflix has already mailed me a BD copy of Looper today, on a Saturday, which isn't even due for release until next week. For me service has always been the key. Hope things work out well for you with 3D-Bluray rental.com. wink.gif



Ian
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