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BBMP vs Netflix

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by jc8097654, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. jc8097654

    jc8097654 New Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Have had Netflix for the past two years and have been very happy with it, especially the streaming service for my two young children... Overall, how does the online BBMP content compare to Netflix? How about the Blu-Ray mail order service?
  2. Slamminc11

    Slamminc11 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2005
    Don't use the streaming much but has worked fine when I have. mail wise, I can send a disk back on Monday, and have a new one on Wednesday, Thursday at the latest.
  3. ssmark

    ssmark AllStar

    May 23, 2011
    From streaming perspective - Netflix is a whole lot bigger in variety (HD) than BBMP.
    From Disk perspective - With BBMP you can exchange ONE rental at the store. The next one needs to be from queue. Netflix has more varieties of disks (Blu Ray). They have similar shipping time. Comparing apples to apples - BBMP is cheaper than Netflix (Disks + Streaming) but you get what you pay for. However, BBMP is closing local stores throughout US so you may not be able to use the instore exchange (YMMV).
  4. Wolfpanther

    Wolfpanther Cool Member

    Apr 28, 2008
    Netflix charges additional fees for blu-ray, the more discs in your plan the more the monthly blu-ray fee. Blockbuster you receive blu-ray or regular discs for the same price.
  5. Jan 1, 2012 #5 of 16

    ssmark AllStar

    May 23, 2011
    Yes, I missed Wolfpanther's point.
  6. Jan 1, 2012 #6 of 16

    ssmark AllStar

    May 23, 2011
    In BBMP, you can have upto 3 disks out ($10 for the first one, $5 more for the second one, and $5 more -total $10 for 3 disks out).

    Not sure, if Netflix even gives an option of upto 3 disks out.
  7. Jan 1, 2012 #7 of 16

    lee78221 Godfather

    Sep 25, 2007
    Netflix gives the option of upto 1-8
  8. Jan 1, 2012 #8 of 16

    Wilf Legend

    Oct 15, 2008
    After using Netflix streaming for almost a year (and watching almost no conventional TV), the idea of inserting a DVD into a player seems - well - sorta old fashioned. We have had no desire to rent or buy a DVD in this time, and haven't done so.
  9. Jan 1, 2012 #9 of 16

    clotter AllStar

    Apr 12, 2008
    I've been a Netflix customer for quite a few years. I just dropped my one at a time DVD plus Bluray service but kept the streaming.

    I feel the Dish/Blockbuster streaming is very poor compared to Netflix. Titles available are dependent on your channel package (why not just record it when you get the chance!!!) The interface is horrible. I can stream Netflix titles on my relatively slow 1.5 internet service but my wait for Dish streaming is out there in the "hours" time frame.

    I also feel that Dish/Blockbuster disc service is poor compared to Netflix. For now (I have no doubt it won't be in the future) it's free so I decided I am willing to live with it's shortcomings and save money by dropping Netflix discs. Selection not as good, availability is poor, and it takes about two to three extra days turnaround at my address to receive new discs.
  10. chris vesuvio

    chris vesuvio Mentor

    Jul 5, 2007
    I have been a Netflix customer for about 10 years now. I have been streaming since they started the service and I love it. I know it cost extra for Blu-ray titles but of course there is no compression with a disk. The streaming HD content still looks descent on my 92" home theater screen but disc is still better.
    Have you looked into VUDU. http://www.vudu.com/
    They offer HDX 1080p content w/DD plus audio. You can also view new theatrical trailers which is great. They are a pay on demand service so your credit card is only charged for what you watch.
  11. Devo1237

    Devo1237 Legend

    Apr 22, 2008
    I have the Blockbuster 3 disc-at-a-time deal as well as Netflix streaming. Can't really compare the streaming since I've never streamed with Blockbuster, but I love Netflix's streaming. Their collection of TV shows is impressive, and there's enough movies to keep me satisfied when I want something right away as well.

    As for the disc services, I've gone with Blockbuster because for the same price as Netflix's 3 discs at a time plan with Blu-Ray, I can get the same 3 discs at a time from Blockbuster, which includes Blu-Ray and video games as well. The one thing that Netflix's delivery service has on BB is the availability and speed of their delivery, but with BB's ability to exchange rentals in store (in addition to the games), I've decided to stay with them.
  12. MCHuf

    MCHuf Legend

    Oct 9, 2011

    Vudu, like all "Pay On Demand" video download rental services, IMO, is way overpriced. If you live anywhere near a B&M store (such as Blockbuster or Family Video) or Redbox why pay $5.99 (although I've taken advantage of the 99 cent daily deals) for a 1080p stream (which isn't always 1080p) when you can pay $2.99 or less for a Blu-ray rental? I'm all for convinence, but that is way too expensive. And please don't say your wasting gas and time to get to and from a video store. Unless you're homebound, you can always incorporate a trip to the video store when you're doing something else. I'm extremely lucky because my local BBV store is only a half mile away and we always walk to it from my house.

    I've been a Netflix subscriber for several years now. I dropped the "one disc by mail" portion when Dish included Blockbuster By Mail to our Platinum subscription. The fact that I can do the in-store exchange makes the plan better for me and I'm saving $8.47 ($7.99 + MI sales tax) per month on top of that. But Netflix streaming tops BB streaming by a wide margin. And I can stream Netflix from a variety of devices compared to only being able to stream BB from my 722K or a pc.

    As a free addition, BB is great. But in the streaming department, it isn't worth dropping Netflix. And I'm sure the reason the streaming service is only available to Dish customers is because even they know that it isn't ready to compete with Netflix in the open market.
  13. ruralruss

    ruralruss AllStar

    Feb 5, 2010
    BBMP web interface sucks. Netflix web interface is superb. I dropped Netflix however because BBMP is free to me and I am cheap.
  14. bobukcat

    bobukcat Hall Of Fame

    Dec 20, 2005
    I've been a Netflix customer for many years but I rarely watch anything streaming because the selection is pretty limited, especially in HD. I dropped Netflix from 3 Discs to 2 and also use the free one disc at a time from BB. I see very similar turnaround times for new disks from both services. The closest processing center for both is in the same city in my case so I send a disk on Monday and have the next one on Wednesday or sometimes Thursday. I agree that Netflix's website it WAY better than BB's but I've used Netflix for years so I'm very familiar with it and that may be part of the reason I like it so much better.

    One thing I've not seen anyone else mention though is that BB will have new releases from many studios weeks or months before Netflix does because of the deals Netflix signed. If you want the newest releases as soon as possible this is a big deal. In the short time we've had BBMP I've used it several times already to get movies that Netflix wouldn't have for another month or longer.

    I plan to keep both for the time being but will probably drop the Netflix streaming service. I don't use it enough to justify $8 a month because I don't have children and unless it's an old movie or TV show I almost refuse to watch SD.
  15. Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown Godfather

    Sep 4, 2005
    I have had Netflix on and off for many years. After all their shenanigans last summer, I dropped the streaming and went back to just the discs. (Better audio and video quality.)

    With that said, Netflix streaming is a lot easier to use than BBMP. Better interface, better selection. HOWEVER, I now have about 300 titles in my Netflix queue. For some reason, the streaming number went from about 64 down to about 38 from early last year to late last year. Maybe them losing the rights. So for me, the streaming just wasn't worth it any more because of the poor selection compared to discs.

    My wife uses the streaming a lot on BBMP though. She doesn't really look for specific titles like I do, she just wants "something to watch", and at least in that regard, BBMP has enough of a selection to keep her happy, and she has gotten used to the crappy interface.

    For my kids? (6 year old twins Kenny and Karina) we have to go to the local Blockbuster because they want to look at the boxes to decide what they want to watch. I tried showing them the titles on Netflix on the PC for discs-by-mail, and that just didn't float their boat. They want to go look at the boxes themselves.

    And now my son more often than not now wants games more than movies, so now we also have Kids Passes at the local store. I really like the flexibility that we can get with BB and all the different plans and options.

    So BBMP works really well for us in that we go to the local BB at least once a week anyway, and being able to exchange in-store is a real benefit.
  16. chris vesuvio

    chris vesuvio Mentor

    Jul 5, 2007
    I forgot to mention in my earlier post about this site http://instantwatcher.com/
    Great for looking thru all of the streaming choices for Netflix.

    If anyone knows of a similar site please post.

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