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post #3661 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I'm kind of peeved at BB this morning since as usual they did not ship the next item in my queue that was available. instead they sent one much farther down in the queue bypassing a couple other titles that are also available. My two half price months are almost up. I'll go one month at the normal price and then I'll cancel my subscription again.

the way I get around this is that I only put 3-4 titles max in my queue...that way I know I will get a title that I really want versus something way down on my list...seems to work as I never have to wait too long to get a title, even a new release...a few months back I also switched to the $4.99/month plan...1 movie out at a time, with a max of 2 movies a month...that plan works best for me as I don't need to rush and return every movie...plus I see most movies either in the theater or on the premium cable channels (HBO, Starz etc) so no real need for anything more
post #3662 of 4010
Thank you all. Now, in terms of a library (not new releases), how does Netflix compare to BB?

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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

I can't speak about the BB library as I cancelled some time ago .. however, if you maintain good return timing with NF and get disks back on Mondays, new release mailing is very good .. if you don't hit the return window on Monday, not so good ..
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

There is a night and day difference for me between BlockBuster and Netflix.

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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

They are about the same.

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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

Night and day difference for me. !

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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

Ditto.
post #3663 of 4010
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

the way I get around this is that I only put 3-4 titles max in my queue...that way I know I will get a title that I really want versus something way down on my list...seems to work as I never have to wait too long to get a Otitle, even a new release...a few months back I also switched to the $4.99/month plan...1 movie out at a time, with a max of 2 movies a month...that plan works best for me as I don't need to rush and return every movie...plus I see most movies either in the theater or on the premium cable channels (HBO, Starz etc) so no real need for anything more

BB redeemed themselves today by sending me the Blood and Chrome BD. Well at least it showed that this morning. I have had situations where it shows a title shipped in the morning, only to look in the evening and the title is back in my queue waiting to be shipped.
post #3664 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I have had situations where it shows a title shipped in the morning, only to look in the evening and the title is back in my queue waiting to be shipped.

lol, that happened to me 1 time as well...at first I thought maybe I was mistaken and didn't really see it as 'shipped' but the more I thought about it I realized I was sure it said 'shipped'...it's like BB is anticipating a returned disc instead of actually having it in inventory
post #3665 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

Get it from RedBox. Plus the 2D and 3D versions are on the same disc.

I'm kind of peeved at BB this morning since as usual they did not ship the next item in my queue that was available. instead they sent one much farther down in the queue bypassing a couple other titles that are also available. My two half price months are almost up. I'll go one month at the normal price and then I'll cancel my subscription again.

This has been happening to me for the last 2 or 3 months. Blockbuster said they don't have it available at my distribution center, but it shows available because it is somewhere. Almost all of the newer bluray movies are high or very high demand in my queue. This week my queue had two new releases at the top that were showing available, but they shipped a movie 15 lines down instead. I have blurays in my queue that have been listed as very high demand for over a year.

I believe it's time for me to cancel Blockbuster and try Netflix.
post #3666 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Explorertv View Post

This has been happening to me for the last 2 or 3 months. Blockbuster said they don't have it available at my distribution center, but it shows available because it is somewhere. Almost all of the newer bluray movies are high or very high demand in my queue. This week my queue had two new releases at the top that were showing available, but they shipped a movie 15 lines down instead. I have blurays in my queue that have been listed as very high demand for over a year.

I believe it's time for me to cancel Blockbuster and try Netflix.


Pull the plug.






Ian wink.gif
post #3667 of 4010
I dropped BB a couple of years ago after they stopped sending me titles at the top of my queue. I even had that issue where the title shows shipping and then goes back in the queue. was reconsidering trying them again as I'm tired of Netflix's prices and delayed studio releases, but it looks like not much has changed with BB based on recent posts. Blah. Guess I'll stay with Netflux Netflix. mad.gif
post #3668 of 4010

Well, the other shoe dropped on BB for me as they closed my closest story this week.  Nearest one is much further and not worth it.  End of BB.  Now, I just have to decide if Redbox is sufficient or if I still need to re-join Netflix.  Redbox is working well and there are plenty of boxes close to me.  But, they seem to lag on the newest releases, especially in Blu-ray.  I may have to go back to Netflix, but supposedly they want to phase out their disc by mail service.  I much prefer Blu-ray to streaming so my days may be numbered in that regard. 

post #3669 of 4010
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Originally Posted by flint350 View Post

I may have to go back to Netflix, but supposedly they want to phase out their disc by mail service.  I much prefer Blu-ray to streaming so my days may be numbered in that regard.

After several years I put my BB BD by mail on Hold because they have not shipped anything in weeks and restarted my Netflix BD by mail.

I got a feeling disc by mail will be with us for several more years. For Netflix the disc rental is more profitable per sub than streaming per sub. Too bad Netflix stood by and watched Redbox takeover the disc rental business.
post #3670 of 4010
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Originally Posted by Wendell R. Breland View Post

Too bad Netflix stood by and watched Redbox takeover the disc rental business.

That may be true, but for me, Netflix still offers the most BD titles, especially when it comes to new releases.



Ian
post #3671 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

That may be true, but for me, Netflix still offers the most BD titles, especially when it comes to new releases.

The same for me because I do not use Redbox at all but that does not change the fact that Netflix made a bonehead business decision. Of course Blockbuster and Hollywood Video (a.k.a. Movie Gallery) takes the prize in that department by watching Netflix and Redbox startup then take over the disc rental business.

For folks that do not remember, Blockbuster and Hollywood Video both resisted getting into DVD (later Blu-ray) disc rental. In both cases the independents were way ahead of them in adopting disc rentals.
post #3672 of 4010
I use Redbox, Blockbuster,and Netflix. Netflix is still the one to beat. They easily have more titles available than Redbox. But then Netflix has some titles only on DVD, and Redbox won't have them at all. While Blockbuster might have them on BD. Like Season 4 of the Clone Wars. Or Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, which neither Netflix or Redbox have at all, but Blockbuster has it on BD.(At least it is listed that way. I'll find out when I receive it Monday or Tuesday)
post #3673 of 4010
I'm surprised that BB got Weeds season 8 on Blu-ray! They actually shipped it out to me on the Tuesday of release! I almost fell over!
post #3674 of 4010
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Originally Posted by DJ Matt View Post

I'm surprised that BB got Weeds season 8 on Blu-ray! They actually shipped it out to me on the Tuesday of release! I almost fell over!










Ian biggrin.gif
post #3675 of 4010
anyone know how items that are listed as currently 'Not Available' in your queue work in terms of rental order...meaning if I put an item that is scheduled to be released in 2 weeks into my queue (under the 'Not Available' section) do I go into the database as having reserved it at that time or do I actually have to wait until it shows up in the main 'In Your Queue' section to add it?...hope that makes sense
post #3676 of 4010
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

anyone know how items that are listed as currently 'Not Available' in your queue work in terms of rental order...meaning if I put an item that is scheduled to be released in 2 weeks into my queue (under the 'Not Available' section) do I go into the database as having reserved it at that time or do I actually have to wait until it shows up in the main 'In Your Queue' section to add it?...hope that makes sense

It should go to your main Queue automatically when it becomes available. With Netflix that's a given, but with BB these days, who knows.



Ian
post #3677 of 4010
Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post
anyone know how items that are listed as currently 'Not Available' in your queue work in terms of rental order...meaning if I put an item that is scheduled to be released in 2 weeks into my queue (under the 'Not Available' section) do I go into the database as having reserved it at that time or do I actually have to wait until it shows up in the main 'In Your Queue' section to add it?...hope that makes sense

 

They'll automatically move it to your queue when available, in the order you had selected. Whether the database retains when you "reserved" it, who knows?

post #3678 of 4010
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

anyone know how items that are listed as currently 'Not Available' in your queue work in terms of rental order...meaning if I put an item that is scheduled to be released in 2 weeks into my queue (under the 'Not Available' section) do I go into the database as having reserved it at that time or do I actually have to wait until it shows up in the main 'In Your Queue' section to add it?...hope that makes sense
It will usually move to your main queue in about 2-5 days prior to release but at the bottom.
So I monitor my queue on Friday/Saturday if I know there is a new release I want on Monday so I can move it to the top.
With Netflix, I had issues were new releases show up on Monday/Tuesday then it's to late to shuffle my queue to get it.
post #3679 of 4010
Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post
It will usually move to your main queue in about 2-5 days prior to release but at the bottom.
So I monitor my queue on Friday/Saturday if I know there is a new release I want on Monday so I can move it to the top.
With Netflix, I had issues were new releases show up on Monday/Tuesday then it's to late to shuffle my queue to get it.

 

Depends if it was ever in your queue to begin with. If it never was in your queue, it will go to the bottom; but I've had some in the queue, go to "unavailable", then come back to my queue where it was placed.

post #3680 of 4010
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Originally Posted by iamian View Post

Depends if it was ever in your queue to begin with. If it never was in your queue, it will go to the bottom; but I've had some in the queue, go to "unavailable", then come back to my queue where it was placed.
If you read the original question in which I replied, it was regarding new releases that you've added to your queue but are not released or unavailable.
These always go to the bottom when released because there is no option to move them to the top or a specific location in your queue when you add them to your queue.
That's why you have to monitor your queue closely so you can move them to the top for release day if you want it on release day.
Of course, you have to time your return to hit the new release window.
It's all a game of managing your queue and returns when you want new releases.
post #3681 of 4010
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

That's why you have to monitor your queue closely so you can move them to the top for release day if you want it on release day.
Of course, you have to time your return to hit the new release window.
It's all a game of managing your queue and returns when you want new releases.

yup, that's what I was trying to figure out...when to place a future release in the queue...I thought by placing it in the queue, even under the 'Not Available' section that it would sort of reserve my spot for that item...but since it doesn't automatically go to the top of my queue when it becomes available I guess the most important thing is to time it right so that you can place in on top as soon as Blockbuster allows for it...I've had Skyfall on the top of my list since a few days before release but still havn't received it yet
post #3682 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

That may be true, but for me, Netflix still offers the most BD titles, especially when it comes to new releases.



Ian

Does Neftlix still have a studio imposed delay (based on when the disc is available for purchase in a store) when shipping new releases? It used to be 28 days (has that gone up)?

I'm thinking of switching back to Netflix since Blockbuster used to ship new releases faster (I don't think they had the 28 day thing -- but now they might). Regardless, Blockbuster has all new releases on very limited availability (it takes up to two months sometimes to get a new released blu-ray disc).

I'm not sure if this is Blockbuster's implementation of a studio imposed delay or if blockbuster is simply not buying enough product to mail out.

So the question is -- will I now get a new release blu-ray (new release meaning when it is available in stores for purchase) faster from Netflix or Blockbuster now?
post #3683 of 4010
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Originally Posted by caesar1 View Post

Does Neftlix still have a studio imposed delay (based on when the disc is available for purchase in a store) when shipping new releases? It used to be 28 days (has that gone up)?

I'm thinking of switching back to Netflix since Blockbuster used to ship new releases faster (I don't think they had the 28 day thing -- but now they might). Regardless, Blockbuster has all new releases on very limited availability (it takes up to two months sometimes to get a new released blu-ray disc).

I'm not sure if this is Blockbuster's implementation of a studio imposed delay or if blockbuster is simply not buying enough product to mail out.

So the question is -- will I now get a new release blu-ray (new release meaning when it is available in stores for purchase) faster from Netflix or Blockbuster now?
On SOME new titles, NF does have a 28 day delay.
post #3684 of 4010
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Originally Posted by caesar1 View Post

Does Neftlix still have a studio imposed delay (based on when the disc is available for purchase in a store) when shipping new releases? It used to be 28 days (has that gone up)?

I'm thinking of switching back to Netflix since Blockbuster used to ship new releases faster (I don't think they had the 28 day thing -- but now they might). Regardless, Blockbuster has all new releases on very limited availability (it takes up to two months sometimes to get a new released blu-ray disc).

I'm not sure if this is Blockbuster's implementation of a studio imposed delay or if blockbuster is simply not buying enough product to mail out.

So the question is -- will I now get a new release blu-ray (new release meaning when it is available in stores for purchase) faster from Netflix or Blockbuster now?

With certain studios, new releases have are being offered at a deeper discount to NetFlix for being delayed, and I can only assume that it's the same with Red Box. Now that Block Buster is out of the equation, I have come to accept the fact that on certain titles you're going to have to wait the extra 28 days after the release date. There's always the option of PPV or buying a disc if you don't want to wait. The bottom line, if you want to play you'll have pay.



Ian wink.gif
post #3685 of 4010
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Originally Posted by oink View Post

On SOME new titles, NF does have a 28 day delay.

Okay, but is Netflix now generally faster for most new titles than Blockbuster?

I'm stilling waitiing on Skyfall and Bourne Legacy from Blockbuster. Could I have had them by now from Netflix?
post #3686 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

With certain studios, new releases are being offered at a deeper discount to NetFlix for being delayed, and I can only assume that it's the same with Red Box.Now that Block Buster is out of the equation,, I have come to accept that on certain titles you're going to have to wait the extra 28 days after the release date. There's always the option of PPV or buying a disc if you don't want to wait. The bottom line, if you want to play you'll have pay.



Ian wink.gif

What do you mean "out of the equation". I still use them. I'm trying to decide which will give me new releases faster -- Blockbuster or Netflix (generally)?
post #3687 of 4010
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Originally Posted by caesar1 View Post

What do you mean "out of the equation". I still use them. I'm trying to decide which will give me new releases faster -- Blockbuster or Netflix (generally)?


Meaning, you can no longer rely on BB to get new titles out by the release date. I suggest you go on the Netflix rental thread to read what others are saying about their service. Personally, I believe that BB may have been exempt from the 28 day delay due to the large bulk discount rate it received from the studios for their retail sales. Now that many of the stores have closed, it may be that they are no longer enjoying that privilege.


Ian
Edited by mailiang - 2/28/13 at 1:10pm
post #3688 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

Meaning, you can no longer rely on BB to get new titles out by the release date. I suggest you go on the Netflix rental thread to read what others are saying about their service. Personally, I believe that BB may have been exempt from the 28 day delay due to the large bulk discount rate it received from the studios for their retail sales. Now that many of the stores have closed, it may be that they are no longer enjoying that privilege.


Ian
This is is FUD.
I get new releases all the time from Block Buster.
You just have to time your returns to create an available slot for shipping from your queue.
Recent movies I got on release day.

Bourne
Weeds season 8
End of Watch
Ted
The Sitter
Mad Men season 5
Week with Marilyn
Dexter season 6
Prometheus

I mainly use Netflix for catalog movies because most new releases are either delayed or I seem to get bumped a lot if I rent to many new releases.
I'm sure they have some sort of algorithm to determine if someone is getting a lot of new releases and prevent them from getting them all the time even though they have a free slot in their shipping queue.
post #3689 of 4010
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

This is is FUD.
I get new releases all the time from Block Buster.
You just have to time your returns to create an available slot for shipping from your queue.
Recent movies I got on release day.

Bourne
Weeds season 8
End of Watch
Ted
The Sitter
Mad Men season 5
Week with Marilyn
Dexter season 6
Prometheus

I mainly use Netflix for catalog movies because most new releases are either delayed or I seem to get bumped a lot if I rent to many new releases.
I'm sure they have some sort of algorithm to determine if someone is getting a lot of new releases and prevent them from getting them all the time even though they have a free slot in their shipping queue.


So I guess that means you've already received titles like Sky Fall and Argo which are otherwise on a 28 day delay?


Ian
post #3690 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

So I guess that means you've already received titles like Sky Fall and Argo which are otherwise on a 28 day delay?


Ian

They did get them, but are now in my queue as "Very High Demand" (i.e. long wait). I want to get mine from BB, as the rentals that NF and Redbox will eventually get are probably the stripped-down, no-extras discs.
The BB discs may have been provided via retail and will hopefully have the extras to peruse.
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