Blockbuster was founded in 1985 as a bricks and mortar store for movie rentals.
As DVDs moved in to take over from VHS, and the ability to rent movies online became more and more popular, Blockbuster had to allow its customers the ability to rent online too.
What are the benefits of Blockbuster? One of the major benefits of Blockbuster is that customers with an unlimited plan can rent DVDs through a kiosk, or through a Blockbuster outlet, or they can watch movies online using streaming or download options through the company’s website.
This option to rent and return in store is not available through other online movie rental companies. Blockbuster also offers subscription services, video game rental, and a loyalty program for regular customers gomovies.
Blockbuster also offers a risk free trial so you can test their service for free without paying up front.
Memberships to rent movies online vary in cost based on the number of movies rented at one time as well as on whether they are a basic or unlimited membership. The popular unlimited plans allow you to hold 1, 2 or 3 movies at one time for either $8.99, $13.99 or $16.99 per month.
Blockbuster does not charge late fees or assign due dates on movie rentals. It will cost a little extra if you want to exchange movies at a brick and mortar outlet as well as online.
There is no extra charge for renting Blu Ray discs. The range of movies at Blockbuster on Blu Ray is good.
What are the additional viewing options at Blockbuster? Blockbuster also provides a download option when you rent movies online. These downloads are subject to a download fee, as well as a time limit. Movies expire 24 hours after the rental period starts and must be viewed within 30 days.
Downloads can be viewed on a Blockbuster on Demand device such as an Internet-capable TV or DVD player, or a TiVo DVR. Other devices, such as cell phones and other portable devices, are also supported.
Customers who also want to own as well as rent movies online, can purchase movies to download. As well as episodes of popular TV shows.
Downloads vary in price, and can be viewed on a PC or on a Blockbuster on Demand device. However, downloads are not Mac compatible, and require use of Internet Explorer or an IE tab extension installed to a Firefox browser.