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post #3781 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post



The only problem is, during the promotion period the service is excellent but after it expires the service goes to pot.
Same can be said for Netflix.

It seems we may be coming to the point of the business model for shipping discs may need to grow to meet the ever growing subscriber base.
post #3782 of 4010
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Originally Posted by bigbeefxy1 View Post

Thank you all. Now, in terms of a library (not new releases), how does Netflix compare to BB?

I just signed up for BB rent by mail yesterday precisely because there are many titles that Netflix doesn't carry on blu ray that BB does. Among the 50+ such movies I've found for my queue already are:

Sound of Music
Paths of Glory
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Monsters, inc
Saturday Night Fever
Glory
The Big Lebowski
Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one)
Gladiator
Finding Nemo
It's a Wonderful Life
The Third Man
Night of the Hunter
The Shawshank Redemption
Scarface
Kill Bill Vol 1+2
2001
Zodiac
Dazed and Confused
Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of our Fathers
Groundhog Day
American Beauty
Stranger than Fiction
Jacob's Ladder
All the President's Men
Absence of Malice
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Exorcist
Thelma & Louise

I can understand for some of the classics why Netflix doesn't add the blu ray version to their inventory since they probably wouldn't circulate any more copies even if they did. But what's the excuse for not having Shawshank and Lebowski on blu ray? Not to mention Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, and the Pixar movies? These are popular titles, and this is frankly what worries me if BB does go under and Netflix achieves a monopoly on the rent by mail business at the same time it remains an afterthought to them to their exploding streaming business. Will we be heading in a direction where other than new releases, you won't be able to get anything on blu ray sent to you at all? Just asking.
post #3783 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

I just signed up for BB rent by mail yesterday precisely because there are many titles that Netflix doesn't carry on blu ray that BB does. Among the 50+ such movies I've found for my queue already are:

Sound of Music
Paths of Glory
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Monsters, inc
Saturday Night Fever
Glory
The Big Lebowski
Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one)
Gladiator
Finding Nemo
It's a Wonderful Life
The Third Man
Night of the Hunter
The Shawshank Redemption
Scarface
Kill Bill Vol 1+2
2001
Zodiac
Dazed and Confused
Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of our Fathers
Groundhog Day
American Beauty
Stranger than Fiction
Jacob's Ladder
All the President's Men
Absence of Malice
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Exorcist
Thelma & Louise

I can understand for some of the classics why Netflix doesn't add the blu ray version to their inventory since they probably wouldn't circulate any more copies even if they did. But what's the excuse for not having Shawshank and Lebowski on blu ray? Not to mention Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, and the Pixar movies? These are popular titles, and this is frankly what worries me if BB does go under and Netflix achieves a monopoly on the rent by mail business at the same time it remains an afterthought to them to their exploding streaming business. Will we be heading in a direction where other than new releases, you won't be able to get anything on blu ray sent to you at all? Just asking.

Let us know how you do as far as shipping, timeliness .. etc .. I'd sure be interested in how the catalog titles work out ..
post #3784 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Let us know how you do as far as shipping, timeliness .. etc .. I'd sure be interested in how the catalog titles work out ..

Will do, and I'll be curious to see also. Reading a lot of comments in this thread, my expectations of BB's service are starting out pretty low. But I'm encouraged so far that only about 10 titles that I've tried to add have dropped in the "Not Available" list w/only another 10-12 of the 50+ in my queue showing as "Very High Demand" or "High Demand".

So we'll see. One thing I do appreciate Neflix for is the fast turnaround on shipping and I can already tell that BB takes longer on that because the 3 movies they're mailing today show an expected arrival date of Friday, whereas when Netflix mails me something I always have it the next day.
post #3785 of 4010
Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

The only problem is, during the promotion period the service is excellent but after it expires the service goes to pot.

 

Solution: Always be on promotion.

post #3786 of 4010
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

Same can be said for Netflix.

It seems we may be coming to the point of the business model for shipping discs may need to grow to meet the ever growing subscriber base.

I've never had that issue with Netflix. I've been with them for over fourteen years. I get the discs in a timely manner and often they send me an extra title when a title is shipped from a location that won't get the disc to me in a day.

The difference between Blockbuster and Netflix has been like night and day for me. Except when I am in the promotional period at Blockbuster. Then their service can almost rival Netflix.
post #3787 of 4010
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I've never had that issue with Netflix. I've been with them for over fourteen years. I get the discs in a timely manner and often they send me an extra title when a title is shipped from a location that won't get the disc to me in a day.

The difference between Blockbuster and Netflix has been like night and day for me. Except when I am in the promotional period at Blockbuster. Then their service can almost rival Netflix.
BB use to be great until about a year ago.The last couple months has been horrible and I have put my account on hold.
Netflix service has been abysmal for the last 4 years. I keep going back though hoping things have changed but soon as the honeymoon(promotional period) is over, I get practically nothing for new releases.
Getting Catalog titles is no problem.
What's odd is that both BB and Netflix has distribution centers in Seattle.

For new releases BB always had better release date availability but that has died out over the last year.

Just to be clear, my experience is for blu-ray discs. I do no DVD's at all, ever.
Neflix stock of blu-ray for new releases seem to be lacking in comparision to BB but now they appear to be about the same but BB still does get some new releases before Netflix.
I have a better chance getting a new blu-ray from Redbox then Netflix.
post #3788 of 4010
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

BB use to be great until about a year ago.The last couple months has been horrible and I have put my account on hold.
Netflix service has been abysmal for the last 4 years. I keep going back though hoping things have changed but soon as the honeymoon(promotional period) is over, I get practically nothing for new releases.
Getting Catalog titles is no problem.
What's odd is that both BB and Netflix has distribution centers in Seattle.

For new releases BB always had better release date availability but that has died out over the last year.

Just to be clear, my experience is for blu-ray discs. I do no DVD's at all, ever.
Neflix stock of blu-ray for new releases seem to be lacking in comparision to BB but now they appear to be about the same but BB still does get some new releases before Netflix.
I have a better chance getting a new blu-ray from Redbox then Netflix.

I only get BDs also. I typically receive any new release from Netflix on that Tuesday(or whatever the relase day is). It's very rare that they don't send me a new release the first day it's available.
post #3789 of 4010
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Originally Posted by 42Plasmaman View Post

BB use to be great until about a year ago.The last couple months has been horrible and I have put my account on hold.
Same here. Their distribution center changed from Austin (local) to San Antonio (notso) and finally to Houston and lately their new stuff has been slow-to-NOT shipping at all, but the back-breaker for me has been their "Look at all the titles we have!" database, then you put them in your Queue and they end-up in the "Not Available" list. I have more Not Available than in the other.

I put my acct on Hold and then instantly realized I'd lost my cheap 3-out plan, so I will cancel before the plan renews in 3 months.

I noticed this week that they've released a new App for our iGizmos and I thought that would never happen. I hope I didn't cancel at exactly the wrong time ie. they're putting some money back-into the service after only taking-out for x years now?

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post #3790 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post


I just signed up for BB rent by mail yesterday precisely because there are many titles that Netflix doesn't carry on blu ray that BB does. Among the 50+ such movies I've found for my queue already are:

Sound of Music
Paths of Glory
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Monsters, inc
Saturday Night Fever
Glory
The Big Lebowski
Pirates of the Caribbean (the first one)
Gladiator
Finding Nemo
It's a Wonderful Life
The Third Man
Night of the Hunter
The Shawshank Redemption
Scarface
Kill Bill Vol 1+2
2001
Zodiac
Dazed and Confused
Letters from Iwo Jima and Flags of our Fathers
Groundhog Day
American Beauty
Stranger than Fiction
Jacob's Ladder
All the President's Men
Absence of Malice
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
The Exorcist
Thelma & Louise

I can understand for some of the classics why Netflix doesn't add the blu ray version to their inventory since they probably wouldn't circulate any more copies even if they did. But what's the excuse for not having Shawshank and Lebowski on blu ray? Not to mention Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, and the Pixar movies? These are popular titles, and this is frankly what worries me if BB does go under and Netflix achieves a monopoly on the rent by mail business at the same time it remains an afterthought to them to their exploding streaming business. Will we be heading in a direction where other than new releases, you won't be able to get anything on blu ray sent to you at all? Just asking.

 

Hmmm, thought I saw a couple on your list I've rented from NF so I started checking.... Looks like the large majority of these titles are available from NF (I added those that came up w/blu-ray to my queue).  How are you searching?

 

 

 

 

ron

post #3791 of 4010
^^^ You can also add all the Pirates Of The Caribbean movies to the mix. Are you using the search bar?



Ian confused.gif
post #3792 of 4010
^^^^^I only rent new releases from NF, and, so far, all have been available in BR. I also searched several of the titles you listed above in NF, and they were all available in BR to me. Unlike BB, NF charges a little extra if you want to receive BR discs, instead of DVD's... are you sure you were subscribed to the NF BR plan?
Edited by mrjgkelly - 5/25/13 at 7:48pm
post #3793 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Hi folks. I just signed up for BB's rent by mail because there are a lot of movies I've found so far that BB offers on blu ray that Netfix doesn't. I haven't read through this whole thread but just browsing the last couple pages I see some warnings about BB taking a long time to ship. So I've got 2 months at the intro price and I figure I'll see for myself, but what's the best advice here for dealing with titles that show as "Very High Demand", "High Demand", etc? Is it best to put those at the top of your queue on the thought that whenever they do become available you'll get them sooner, and in the meantime BB will just look past them to send you the next available titles in your queue? Or does putting them all on top just increase the likelihood that it will take them forever to send you anything at all? Also any feedback on expected wait times on these? I've had Netflix for years and they are all over the place on their expected availability. Sometimes it will say "long wait" and it won't take long at all but I also have 2 TV shows that say "very long wait" that have been at the top of my queue for at least a year now (The Hour and the UK version of Life on Mars, both of which they should change the expected availability to just be an icon of a middle finger).

I recently put my BB account on hold, because their inventory of new releases has gotten deplorable and I decided to give NF a shot... so far, so good. Based on my experience with BB, you want to organize your queue by availability... "Available" at the top, "Medium" next, "High" after that and "Very High" last. Rather than try to explain the reason myself, read this ... http://blockbusterunderground.blogspot.com/2008/09/blockbusters-new-dvd-shipping-system.html

This wasn't an issue for me up until the last year or two, because their inventory of new releases was sufficient enough that I would receive "Available" or "Short Wait" titles almost immediately and there were always plenty of them in my queue. Now, however, "Available" doesn't even necessarily mean it's actually available, but it's probably your best shot at it actually shipping, and I have had titles in my queue listed as "High" or "Very High" demand for almost a year, and their status still hasn't changed.
post #3794 of 4010
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Originally Posted by biliam1982 View Post

I'll keep BB for now, and here's why...

1. I still like going into the store to browse. I get kinda annoyed w/ what any company will reccommend to you all the time. Sometimes it's ok, but I still like good ole fashioned browsing in store and seeing for myself whats available instead of a small clickable icon to make a quick judgement if I want to investigate further and wait for it all to load up.

2. Paying $19.99 for 3 out at a time, it comes down to <$1 a rental which is much cheaper. That's with saying they ship on Monday, taking 3 or 4 day to get it. Then doing an in store exchange over the weekend. About 20+ a month.
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My only caveat to this is I don't like how BB changed to not shipping out the next title until the "free in-store exchange" is returned. They didn't used to do this. That really mekes me furious!

3. I can do NF for most streaming, but critical BD or hard to find titles I can have in person.

4. I personally haven't had any issues w/ delayed shipping, but if I ever do, I'll have to consider other options then.

I'd feel the same as you, but all of the stores in my area have closed, so they are no longer a backup option for me.
post #3795 of 4010
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Originally Posted by R11 View Post

Hmmm, thought I saw a couple on your list I've rented from NF so I started checking.... Looks like the large majority of these titles are available from NF (I added those that came up w/blu-ray to my queue).  How are you searching?






ron


Thanks for posting this, Ron. I called Netflix support and when I ran through some of these titles with them they confirmed their availability on blu ray and were able to add them to my queue for me but they weren't able to explain why when I try to add the movies myself I'm not able to see the blu ray logo next to the Add button and have no option to change them to blu ray once they are in my queue. Their best guess was that it was some kind of cookies issue and that my browser was "stuck". But I clear my cache pretty regularly on the multiple laptops/tablets I access Netflix from and I just went to the Netflix.com/clearcookies page they recommended too and it doesn't change anything. What's weird too is that it's not all titles. I've got almost 100 titles in my queue that are blu ray but I double checked every one I put in the original list I posted here and other than a few that Netflix support just added for me all the rest of them still show in my queue as DVD only.

Anyway, it's encouraging to know that Netflix does have all these titles on blu ray and now I just need to work out w/their support folks why I'm not able to access them through my account. So thanks for helping me figure out that that was the problem and not Netflix's blu ray availability in general.
post #3796 of 4010
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Thanks for posting this, Ron. I called Netflix support and when I ran through some of these titles with them they confirmed their availability on blu ray and were able to add them to my queue for me but they weren't able to explain why when I try to add the movies myself I'm not able to see the blu ray logo next to the Add button and have no option to change them to blu ray once they are in my queue. Their best guess was that it was some kind of cookies issue and that my browser was "stuck". But I clear my cache pretty regularly on the multiple laptops/tablets I access Netflix from and I just went to the Netflix.com/clearcookies page they recommended too and it doesn't change anything. What's weird too is that it's not all titles. I've got almost 100 titles in my queue that are blu ray but I double checked every one I put in the original list I posted here and other than a few that Netflix support just added for me all the rest of them still show in my queue as DVD only.

Anyway, it's encouraging to know that Netflix does have all these titles on blu ray and now I just need to work out w/their support folks why I'm not able to access them through my account. So thanks for helping me figure out that that was the problem and not Netflix's blu ray availability in general.


What browser are you using? You may also want to try clearing all your cookies not just Netflix.


Ian
post #3797 of 4010
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Originally Posted by mrjgkelly View Post

I recently put my BB account on hold, because their inventory of new releases has gotten deplorable and I decided to give NF a shot... so far, so good. Based on my experience with BB, you want to organize your queue by availability... "Available" at the top, "Medium" next, "High" after that and "Very High" last. Rather than try to explain the reason myself, read this ... http://blockbusterunderground.blogspot.com/2008/09/blockbusters-new-dvd-shipping-system.html

This wasn't an issue for me up until the last year or two, because their inventory of new releases was sufficient enough that I would receive "Available" or "Short Wait" titles almost immediately and there were always plenty of them in my queue. Now, however, "Available" doesn't even necessarily mean it's actually available, but it's probably your best shot at it actually shipping, and I have had titles in my queue listed as "High" or "Very High" demand for almost a year, and their status still hasn't changed.


Thanks for the link. This is exactly the info I was looking for and I've updated my BB queue accordingly.

Now that I've sorted out my problem w/Neflix' blu ray availability there are still a few titles that BB has on blu ray that Neflix doesn't (and vice versa) so I've put the available ones of those at the top of my queue to make sure I get a chance to see them on blu ray, since I now think I'll most likely cancel my BB membership after the discounted 2 month intro period. Not that I have any huge problems w/their service so far but the extra day or 2's shipping each time compared to Netflix is hard for me to justify now that I understand they don't have nearly the advantage in blu ray availability that I thought they did (plus it sounds like from everyone else's experience here that the only an extra day or 2 on shipping right now is probably the best case I could expect from BB and they probably won't be even that quick usually if I were to continue on w/them much longer).
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Originally Posted by mailiang View Post

What browser are you using? You may also want to try clearing all your cookies not just Netflix.


Ian


The problem turned out to be old version of IE I'm forced to run on my work laptop. If I added the movies from my laptop or tablet at home running Chrome they were adding as blu ray, and checking from work I could then see them as blu ray in my queue also. But for new movies I try to add from work it's a crapshoot whether titles available on blu ray will actually let me add them as blu ray.

It's too bad it wasn't allowing me to add any titles on blu ray, since then I could have figured out the problem a long time ago. As it is, since I was doing most of my queue maintenance from work, I don't know how long it's been that I've just been assuming that Netflix doesn't carry those titles on blu ray at all.

But whatever. Problem solved now, at least.
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Thanks for the link. This is exactly the info I was looking for and I've updated my BB queue accordingly.

Now that I've sorted out my problem w/Neflix' blu ray availability there are still a few titles that BB has on blu ray that Neflix doesn't (and vice versa) so I've put the available ones of those at the top of my queue to make sure I get a chance to see them on blu ray, since I now think I'll most likely cancel my BB membership after the discounted 2 month intro period. Not that I have any huge problems w/their service so far but the extra day or 2's shipping each time compared to Netflix is hard for me to justify now that I understand they don't have nearly the advantage in blu ray availability that I thought they did (plus it sounds like from everyone else's experience here that the only an extra day or 2 on shipping right now is probably the best case I could expect from BB and they probably won't be even that quick usually if I were to continue on w/them much longer).

That's the other big issue I had with BB. They used to ship discs to me from a local dist center, which arrived 1 day later, but over the last year or two they started to ship my discs from a more remote dist center... rumor has it, they intentionally started doing this to delay returns and deliveries to save money.
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Originally Posted by mrjgkelly View Post

Based on my experience with BB, you want to organize your queue by availability... "Available" at the top, "Medium" next, "High" after that and "Very High" last. Rather than try to explain the reason myself, read this ... http://blockbusterunderground.blogspot.com/2008/09/blockbusters-new-dvd-shipping-system.html

This wasn't an issue for me up until the last year or two, because their inventory of new releases was sufficient enough that I would receive "Available" or "Short Wait" titles almost immediately and there were always plenty of them in my queue. Now, however, "Available" doesn't even necessarily mean it's actually available, but it's probably your best shot at it actually shipping, and I have had titles in my queue listed as "High" or "Very High" demand for almost a year, and their status still hasn't changed.
I'm not sure that the linked blog post is still relevant. The movies they've been sending me lately have been sent out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and they're down in 15-25 position of my queue. I'm only getting new releases about once a month at this point, so the service isn't what it was a year ago.

Scott
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Originally Posted by mrjgkelly View Post

That's the other big issue I had with BB. They used to ship discs to me from a local dist center, which arrived 1 day later, but over the last year or two they started to ship my discs from a more remote dist center... rumor has it, they intentionally started doing this to delay returns and deliveries to save money.

Well that does make sense. Any company that's not doing that well financially (which I don't really follow stuff like that but I take it Blockbuster isn't) is always going to look to cut costs and consolidating to fewer distribution centers would seem to be one obvious way to do that. Unfortunately it's not going to help their bottom line if they start losing all their customers due to longer wait times.

Today has provided me a good example of Netflix vs. BB on shipping times. I put 3 disks from each back in the mail on Saturday. Today my Netflix queue shows 3 new movies have shipped and should arrive tomorrow, while my BB queue shows 0 movies at home (confirming that they got my returns) but with the message "we will ship your next available disc within 1 to 2 business days" (and then once they do ship it will take 2-3 days to arrive instead of next day from Netflix). Which means there's a good chance I'll have watched and mailed back all 3 of the new Netflix discs by the time Blockbuster's even arrive.
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Well that does make sense. Any company that's not doing that well financially (which I don't really follow stuff like that but I take it Blockbuster isn't) is always going to look to cut costs and consolidating to fewer distribution centers would seem to be one obvious way to do that. Unfortunately it's not going to help their bottom line if they start losing all their customers due to longer wait times.

Today has provided me a good example of Netflix vs. BB on shipping times. I put 3 disks from each back in the mail on Saturday. Today my Netflix queue shows 3 new movies have shipped and should arrive tomorrow, while my BB queue shows 0 movies at home (confirming that they got my returns) but with the message "we will ship your next available disc within 1 to 2 business days" (and then once they do ship it will take 2-3 days to arrive instead of next day from Netflix). Which means there's a good chance I'll have watched and mailed back all 3 of the new Netflix discs by the time Blockbuster's even arrive.

One of the reasons BB has had availability problems is the lack of financial support thru direct credit .. in past times, especially when BB was trying to take on Netflix and prior to the BB bankruptcy, the studios and distributors helped prop up BB thru liberal credit terms .. subsequently, when BB went thru bankruptcy and was acquired, that source of easy credit dwindled since the studios and distributors had already been burned and were reluctant to extend past relationships, without the guarantee of BB new owner, Dish Network .. which won BB at auction for $320 million .. IMO, they way overpaid since BB always leased it's store locations ..

At any rate, what keeps a video store or even mail order rental alive financially is cash flow .. and it's difficult if not impossible to grow a business and at some point show a profit if you don't have the goods your customers are paying for ..

The really sad part is BB killed itself .. from being the leader in rental Worldwide, to what it is now .. and they did it thru bad management and failure to see streaming and disk by mail as an opportunity until it was too late ..

And it looks to me like things have not changed ..
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Originally Posted by ElJimador View Post

Well that does make sense. Any company that's not doing that well financially (which I don't really follow stuff like that but I take it Blockbuster isn't) is always going to look to cut costs and consolidating to fewer distribution centers would seem to be one obvious way to do that. Unfortunately it's not going to help their bottom line if they start losing all their customers due to longer wait times.

Today has provided me a good example of Netflix vs. BB on shipping times. I put 3 disks from each back in the mail on Saturday. Today my Netflix queue shows 3 new movies have shipped and should arrive tomorrow, while my BB queue shows 0 movies at home (confirming that they got my returns) but with the message "we will ship your next available disc within 1 to 2 business days" (and then once they do ship it will take 2-3 days to arrive instead of next day from Netflix). Which means there's a good chance I'll have watched and mailed back all 3 of the new Netflix discs by the time Blockbuster's even arrive.

BB isn't necessarily reducing the number distribution centers, they are shipping from a more distant location to delay delivery/receipt, thereby reducing the number of discs you get, thereby reducing cost... http://blockbusterunderground.blogspot.com/2012/03/distant-shipping-cuts-blockbuster.html. Sounds like they are doing the same thing to you.
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

I'm not sure that the linked blog post is still relevant. The movies they've been sending me lately have been sent out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and they're down in 15-25 position of my queue. I'm only getting new releases about once a month at this point, so the service isn't what it was a year ago.

Scott

It may not be true anymore, but I only rent new releases and my queue is so backed up, because of their lack of inventory, I keep the titles I have the best chance getting at the top. I'm assuming the titles you have low in your queue must be listed as "Available"?
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I'm not sure that the linked blog post is still relevant. The movies they've been sending me lately have been sent out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and they're down in 15-25 position of my queue. I'm only getting new releases about once a month at this point, so the service isn't what it was a year ago.

Scott

It may not be true anymore, but I only rent new releases and my queue is so backed up, because of their lack of inventory, I keep the titles I have the best chance getting at the top. I'm assuming the titles you have low in your queue must be listed as "Available"?
It depends. I've had new releases marked as available at the top of my queue at the time that they received my movie, but they'll skip to movies lower on the list. I've also had other older movies, listed as available, that they've skipped, sending me a lower numbered title.
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

It depends. I've had new releases marked as available at the top of my queue at the time that they received my movie, but they'll skip to movies lower on the list. I've also had other older movies, listed as available, that they've skipped, sending me a lower numbered title.
That was why I bailed after my local store closed.

It was one thing to have them skip things at the top of my queue when I could take a disc down to the store and exchange it for something I had at the top, but I literally stopped getting any new releases from them after that store closed.

Ever since I started making sure I had at least one disc back in time for new releases to be sent from Netflix, I've never missed one. Twice, I thought they had skipped me, but they ended up sending me copies as extra bonus discs from distant centers the following day.

Huge difference in service, if it's even fair to call what I was getting from Blockbuster "service".
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

It depends. I've had new releases marked as available at the top of my queue at the time that they received my movie, but they'll skip to movies lower on the list. I've also had other older movies, listed as available, that they've skipped, sending me a lower numbered title.
That was why I bailed after my local store closed.

It was one thing to have them skip things at the top of my queue when I could take a disc down to the store and exchange it for something I had at the top, but I literally stopped getting any new releases from them after that store closed.

Ever since I started making sure I had at least one disc back in time for new releases to be sent from Netflix, I've never missed one. Twice, I thought they had skipped me, but they ended up sending me copies as extra bonus discs from distant centers the following day.

Huge difference in service, if it's even fair to call what I was getting from Blockbuster "service".
If it weren't practically free with my Dish Network service, I probably would have dumped them, too. There have been some advantages with the lower-queue titles, as we did see some movies that had settled to the bottom over time that were worth watching, such as Kill the Irishman and The Last Circus. If it weren't for Dish's crummy service we may never have seen them.

And, as a counterpoint, they sent us Cloud Atlas this week. It was number three in my queue and listed as "Very High Demand". Go figure.

Scott
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Originally Posted by srw1000 View Post

If it weren't practically free with my Dish Network service, I probably would have dumped them, too. There have been some advantages with the lower-queue titles, as we did see some movies that had settled to the bottom over time that were worth watching, such as Kill the Irishman and The Last Circus. If it weren't for Dish's crummy service we may never have seen them.

And, as a counterpoint, they sent us Cloud Atlas this week. It was number three in my queue and listed as "Very High Demand". Go figure.

Scott

Me thinks you having Dish may possibly give you some preferential treatment... I have never received any titles from BB listed worse than "Medium Demand", since they implemented their new "Demand" catagories.
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Originally Posted by mrjgkelly View Post
Me thinks you having Dish may possibly give you some preferential treatment... I have never received any titles from BB listed worse than "Medium Demand", since they implemented their new "Demand" catagories.

 

I think you give BB too much credit. They can't even manage their inventory, let alone give someone a preferential treatment.

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I can't remember when I got a new release from them. If not for my local store, I would have dropped my subscription by now.
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