Dish/Blockbuster announcement coming Friday

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by FTA Michael, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. CeeWoo

    CeeWoo Godfather

    Dec 1, 2008
    May occur?:lol: Happens to me every day and just to be sure I download something daily just to check to see if it ever gets fixed
  2. chris83

    chris83 Legend

    Aug 16, 2006
    Is there a "Due Date" on returning an in-store exchange to the brick and mortar location?
  3. olguy

    olguy Hall Of Fame

    Jan 9, 2006
    Nope. Whenever you get around to it. Although the sooner you return it the sooner BB will mail the next one of course. I sometimes don't get to it for a week or more.
  4. AED55

    AED55 AllStar

    Oct 2, 2008
    I have subscribed to Blockbuster and Netflix and I feel they are both waste of money.

    As far as new disc titles go, both are guilty of not having enough discs available to ship them in a timely manner. I routinely receive the message "long wait" when attempting to rent a newer title.

    As far as streaming goes, the vast majority of titles are older and obscure titles that don't interest me. If you want something recently released, it's going to cost you $5 or more.

    The only reason I am keeping the subscription to the Dish/Blockbuster movie pass is the extra channels you receive with the package.
  5. lee635

    lee635 Hall Of Fame

    Apr 17, 2002
    I was a hardcore netflix user and recently switched to the BB deal through Dish. Even with the extra movie channels and lower cost, I am thinking of going back to Netflix (still keeping Dish):

    1. To stream a BB movie on my 722, I must use that infernal interface that looks like a 12 year old designed it. It's slow, clunky and very difficult to browse through. At best, I browse for a movie on my laptop, then have to use the 722's search feature to find the same movie to stream. Also, the 722 mixes ppv with unlimited flicks making the browse process even slower. Then, if I am lucky to find a show to stream it takes hours to be ready -- with netflix I could watch in 30 seconds.

    2. BB doesn't offer an online queue for streaming movies, so you have to search for something everytime and stream it. It was great for my kids to have an instant queue of kids shows so they didn't get frustrated trying to search or browse on the 722.

    3. BB doesn't stream over any devices other than a pc or certain dvrs. And the pc stream is a window, with Netflix, you could full screen the picture.

    4. The number of streaming shows and movies is far less than netflix. I found that I had to go online to fully search the netflix library, but then you could add streaming content to your instant queue.

    1. The number of movies available from BB is quite a bit less diverse than Netflix.

    2. I live in a smaller town. BB send movies to me from Sacramento. Netflix sent from San Francisco and Sacramento. Netflix took about 3 days, but BB is taking 5 days to turnaround a movie.

    1. With all these movies channels, I would like to be able to efficiently search through the movies available in my package in the next 7 days so I can dvr the movies I want. But you can't do that. Instead I have to go to the guide and go 3 hours at a time. With a dvr, I don't care when the movie is playing, I just want to know what is available, so I can dvr it. Ideally, I want to be presented with a picture of the movie poster (like BB and Netflix do) of each movie and show coming up, then I can click on it to add it to my dvr queue. Is that so hard?

    Finally, a very nice advantage of BB over netflix is being able to exchange in the store. I've done that with almost each mail delivered movie.

    I know that Dish is transitioning and taking over BB, but these issues need to be addressed or BB just won't make it.
  6. jeffdb27

    jeffdb27 AllStar

    Jul 13, 2007
    Press the search button on your 722 remote. Enter what you are looking for and it will show you all occurrences of what you are searching for, no matter when or what channel it is on.
  7. koralis

    koralis Godfather

    Aug 10, 2005
    What I'd like to see is a BB movie/show season discount for Dish customers.

    I don't watch all that many movies, so an "all you can watch plan" is a major waste. If a BB movie could be had for $2-3 instead of $5 or more it may entice me to do it more often rather than running out to RedBox or waiting in a queue from the library.

    It could also be a good promotional point for Dish as a further arguement for ditching cable/directtv/fios, etc. Synergies, people... not everyone wants a subscription.
  8. jcrobso

    jcrobso AllStar

    Mar 30, 2005
    I have AT&T Uverse high speed internet only, no VOIP or their cable TV. a few weeks ago it went out, fortunately I kept my analog phone line so I could call AT&T. If I didn't have Dish or DVDs I would have been out of luck.
    Just before Netflix announced the repricing structure I called and found out that you need at least 6MB download speed to get the HD stream, this also seems to apply to Amazon streaming.
    I kept the Netflix DVDs since only 6 of the 40 titles in my Que were stream able.
    The reason I dumped cable and went Dish in the first place was better quality and reliability. The cable in my town was bad, if it rained it would go out for a couple of days at a time.
    I have started to play around with Dish on demand, looks promising, but it would nicer if I could use my Dish receiver only. I'm thinking about putting together a PC just for this purpose.
  9. tcatdbs

    tcatdbs Icon

    Jul 10, 2008
    Think I'll stick with Dish Platinum (now BB), the 20 channels are worth $10 by themselves (especially with all the on-demand of pretty much any show or movie from these channels).

    Also sticking with Netflix 1 DVD at a time, also worth the $8. I mail a movie at 5:00 PM and get the received notice next AM at 8:00, and next one ships by noon, received next day = 10 per month (I don't always return that fast, but do get at least 7-8 per month). Selection is good as long as you search by new movies you want, since they don't show up on their "new" lists. Only 1 or 2 in 10 are "long wait" (but if you put them at top of list they show up fairly quickly). I was on BB 5 or 6 years ago and Netflix is so much better/faster. But sure can't complain about 1 DVD at a time for "free" with Dish! Seems like a perk they didn't need to do (or could have added as an $$ option).
  10. manny07

    manny07 Mentor

    Dec 26, 2007
    Hi guys,

    Do you know if I rent a video game from a store if there will be a extra charge if I am under the Blockbuster Movie Pass program? Or will it be free?

    Also is there a certain time that you have to return the game back to the store if you rent it from them directly or can I keep it as long as I want?

    I would like to start renting the games from the store directly If I can.

  11. DoyleS

    DoyleS Icon

    Oct 21, 2002
    El Dorado...
    I think the way it works is that you order a DVD or game online and then return it to the store and you can then take a Game or DVD from the store. If you go into the store first, I think you wind up with a rental charge so order a DVD, even if it is one you don't want and then return it to the store and get your game. Let us know if that works.
  12. manny07

    manny07 Mentor

    Dec 26, 2007
    Thanks. Do you know if I can keep it for as long as I want or do I need to return it back to the store at a certain time?
  13. DoyleS

    DoyleS Icon

    Oct 21, 2002
    El Dorado...
    From what it sounds like, you can keep as long as you want but you might ask at the store when you pick it up. I am not a gamer so I have no experience in that area and all of us are relatively new to the BB/Dish deal.
  14. manny07

    manny07 Mentor

    Dec 26, 2007
    Ok, thanks anyone for all your help! I will try it this week and let you know what happens.
  15. bnborg

    bnborg Icon

    Jun 3, 2005
    I registered Sunday Night and ordered a Green Lantern DVD. I got the DVD in Tuesday mornings mail.

    Great service.
  16. Amon37

    Amon37 AllStar

    Mar 5, 2007
    I'm probably one of the luckiest as I live in Arizona and the return address is in AZ, I get movies/games the next day and if I return them in the mail they get scanned next day. Also I want to know about the game switcing in store. They 2 local locations I called said I couldn't exchange game for game in store unless I paid (WTF?) and then I called Dish support who said I could exchange game for game in store. I feel a battle coming when I try to exchange this next game I get in the mail for a game in the store.
  17. eichenberg

    eichenberg Legend

    Apr 3, 2003
    When I signed up for Dish and got the Blockbuster free for 3 months deal I tried to take a game to a BB store and exchange for another game and was told you can ONLY do exchange for DVD's in stores..nothing else. I have not tried it since the new BB deal, but I beleive in the press release it did say you could exchange for games, let me know what you find out becuase it takes 3-4 days for us to receive disks in the mail and If I can exchange in a store I would prefer to do that.
  18. jadebox

    jadebox Godfather

    Dec 13, 2004
    I think you can only get a movie in exchange for free. Games are available at a discount with an exchange. Here's how it's worded on the BB site:

    "When you're finished watching a DVD, you can return it by mail or exchange it for FREE movie rentals or discounted game rentals..."

    "Blockbuster By Mail plans deliver rentals by mail plus the option of exchanging By Mail rentals for free in-store movie rentals or $4.99 discounted game rentals up to monthly plan limits on exchanges, at a participating Blockbuster store."

    -- Roger
  19. Amon37

    Amon37 AllStar

    Mar 5, 2007
    What's interesting about that quote is now blockbuster charges 1 or 2 dollars a night for games now instead of 5 or 7 or whatever it was and it's odd that on the moveipass screen it tells you "hey you can pick this game up in a store" and the only * are the store might not have it available so call first.

    I don't know we'll see what happens
  20. Amon37

    Amon37 AllStar

    Mar 5, 2007
    The availablity time on Blockbuster is ridiulous, on the home page it says get Batman Arkham City now but then in the "Q" it says not available until Jan. of 2012 :lol::nono2:

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