Blockbuster can’t wait to disable Netflix’s spaceship and leave its rival marooned on a desolate planet—at least when it comes to movie streaming. Jim Keyes, CEO of Blockbuster, says that when the day comes when consumers have a choice between Blockbuster and Netflix’s online streaming services, there will be no contest.
In recent remarks to an investor group, Keyes used the new Star Trek film as an example of Blockbuster’s streaming superiority. Consumers would be able to stream the 2009 film on his company’s service immediately, while Netflix, due to licensing agreements, would have a three to five year delay on the title. Said Keyes:
“If you want to watch Star Trek on [Blockbuster On Demand], you just push the button and in seven seconds you are watching the movie. . . If you are a Netflix customer [and do the same] only then do you discover you are [actually] watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
While the superiority of Blockbuster’s service is up for debate, there’s no doubt that the movie streaming business is getting pretty crowded and competitive. Who’s going to triumph and who’s going to be screaming their competitor’s name at the stars?
[via Home Media Magazine]