Over the weekend Netflix announced they will be separating their DVD-by-mail and online content streaming services and renaming their DVD business as Qwikster.com. This comes on the coattails of their recent decision to charge for their formerly free streaming service, thereby changing their entire pricing and plan line up and increasing prices up to 60%. Both announcements have stirred up plenty of controversy and speculation about Netflix, their customers and where the business is heading.
We still think Netflix offers a pretty solid value for unlimited online streaming at $7.99 per month. Although their streaming selection can be hit-and-miss and they don't provide original content, it's still a lot cheaper than paying for cable. And if you want to add 2 DVDs per month (no games though) to the unlimited streaming feature you'll still only be paying $19.98 per month, which is a decent deal.. The only downside is that sometimes you have to wait 28 days after a movie release date to rent it, and with their by-mail DVD plan you don't have the immediate gratification of walking into a store and swapping out your DVD for another one the same day. Still, having to wait 1 or at the most 2 days for a new movie by mail isn't bad. And they have a 30-day free trial, so you can try out their streaming and their DVD-by-mail service for a month for free.
If you're someone who's more interested in receiving games and having access to movies as soon as they're released, Blockbuster might be more up your alley. Although Blockbuster doesn't offer online streaming and their disc plans are slightly more expensive than Netflix's, you can walk into a participating Blockbuster store and exchange the movie (or game) you just watched for a brand new one. You'll also have access to newly released movies, and the gamers out their will appreciate the fact that games are included.Online DVD Rental