Movie Rental Comparison: Blockbuster vs. Netflix
Maybe it's just me, but I'm more old school when it comes to renting DVDs. I decided to give Netflix a try not too long ago, but I was kind of hesitant at first. The reason being is because when I want to watch a movie, I want to watch it now. I do not want to have to wait a day or two twiddling my thumbs waiting for a movie to arrive in my mailbox that I'm itching to see.
To me, when it's time for Blockbuster to take on Netflix in the Movie Rental ring, I think Blockbuster video delivers the knockout blow. The reason I favor Blockbuster so much more than Netflix is because when I see a commercial advertising the newest DVD release of a movie I just have to see, I got to run to Blockbuster video, grab me a copy, not worry about late fees and return it once I'm done viewing it.
Now I'm not dissing Netflix, because they do have a very cool promise to themselves. I like the fact that you get to keep the DVD for as long as you want, you just can not get another DVD until you return the one you already have. And I like the plans they have for certain amount of DVDs to rent at a given time. But I'm just not too crazy about 'mailing' back a DVD after watching it, then waiting for them to receive the DVD before I can get another one.
With Blockbuster it's so simple: You got a craving to watch a movie, you call up Blockbuster to see if it has a copy, and odds is it does as it has the largest selection of DVDs anywhere compared to other video store chains locally, you pick the movie up, you keep it for as long as you want without worrying about late fees. It's the golden answer to my DVD viewing as far as I'm concerned.
So I give Blockbuster the nod when it compares to Netflix. Even though Netflix does not sound half bad, nothing beats the local selection at my local Blockbuster. Netflix, go towel off, because you're not bad at all, but when it comes to facing Blockbuster, to me, you do not have a fighting chance.