Netflix started a great system where you get movie via your friendly mail man, instead of having to go to a video rental store. This new system has caught on and is a huge success, people love to sit at home and order movies via a website then just wait for them to get to their house. The Netflix customers also love the no late fees and a monthly fee for as many movies as they can watch, is what makes this system work so well. Blockbuster has just gotten into the game and is trying to parody the Netflix system. Will it work or will it end up like their no late fees program which died so quickly after it started?
If Blockbuster wants to do this they will have to match the rates that Netflix offers and then add something on top of it to draw customers to their system and away from the much loved Netflix. Well I signed up for the Total Access package to see what it was all about and see if it was as good or better than Netflix.
First thing I noticed were the plans differed quite a bit between Total Access and Netflix. Netflix offers the following:
1-at-a-time (2 a month) for $5.99
1-at-a-time (unlimited) for $9.99
2-at-a-time (4 a month) for $11.99
2-at-a-time (unlimited) for $14.99
3-at-a-time (unlimited) for $17.99 – My Plan
4-at-a-time (unlimited) for $23.99
5-at-a-time (unlimited) for $29.99
6-at-a-time (unlimited) for $35.99
7-at-a-time (unlimited) for $41.99
8-at-a-time (unlimited) for $47.99
Total Access has comparable rates and additional incentives they are as follows:
1-at-a-time (2 a month and one free in-store rental per month, game or movie) for $5.99
1-at-a-time (3 a month and one free in-store rental per month, game or movie) for $7.99
1-at-a-time (unlimited and one free in-store rental per month, game or movie) for $9.99
2-at-a-time (unlimited and one free in-store rental per month, game or movie) for $14.99
3-at-a-time (unlimited and one free in-store rental per month, game or movie) for $17.99
4-at-a-time (unlimited and one free in-store rental per month, game or movie) for $23.99
I also choose the 3-at-a-time plan for Total Access.
Total Access offers fewer plans but they have comparable pricing and even offer two limited movie plans that come with an additional free movie or even a game. All plans come with the free coupon for an in-store rental of a movie or game, which is awesome. In addition to this great feature they also offer in-store return of your Total Access movies. On top of that they will let you rent movies from the store while you wait for your next movies to be mailed to you. This is a huge advantage to the Total Access plan, and Blockbuster is heavily relying on people wanting to get more movies easier, through their Total Access plan.
I have been using both plans, I have had Netflix for a few years now and have always been happy with what they offered me. I signed up for the Total Access package trail for free for two weeks, and I am so happy with the results and extra bonuses, that I am going to migrate over to this service and give up my much loved Netflix account.
I like the extras that the Total Access package offers me, I now get lots of movies, and with the in-store return feature I can get even more movies each month! I also get the free monthly rental which I like because it means I get an additional rental every month. So far Blockbuster has impressed me with the Total Access plan, and as long as they don’t change the plan any I will stick with them. They have made online renting coupled with in-store renting the best way to get movies at the best price. In my mind Netflix cant keep up with the great offer that Blockbuster has created.
All of that being said I want to warn you that you should call and check you local Blockbuster to make sure they are one of the participating stores in the in-store return process. If they are not then I don’t think it would be any better to leave Netflix.