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Blockbuster has officially announced their set-top box today, as was rumored a few weeks ago.

The box itself, the 2Wire MediaPoint player, will be available for free with the advanced purchase of 25 (or 50?) prepaid rentals for $99. Additional rentals will be $1.99 each.

This differs from the Netflix model, which is included for free with a Netflix membership of $9/mo and up. I just signed up for the Netflix streaming to my XBox 360 so I could give it a try and see how the service was. I will report on this in another post soon.

In any case, do you think Blockbuster has a chance here? I think they are too late the game, but if they can get new releases out there for $1.99, they may just have a chance. Time will tell.

Read the article here.

5 Responses to “Blockbuster Set-top Box Officially Announced”

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    Cheryl F. [visitor]

    I won a one-year one-at-a-time Netflix membership that includes unlimited instant play, so we bought the Roku player for $99 and love it! I don’t think anything compares to the value and number of titles available. We get to watch as many streamed titles as we want for free. Forget paying $1.99 per title – Netflix is a much better value!

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      Michael [administrator]

      @Cheryl F:

      I agree with you. I actually subscribed to Netflix recently to test out their HD streaming to my XBox 360. They do have quite the library of older stuff, which I think is a great supplement to Redbox new releases.

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    Motch6 [visitor]

    It’s only $25 rentals (so that’s nearly $4 per rental) What are they thinking? That’s NOT a deal BLOCKBUSTER!

    So, if I were to do this, I’d do the Netfilx deal, but they really need to get a bigger and better selection of Downloadable movies before I’ll do it. The last time I did their trial they didn’t have very many good downloads to watch!

    To match the rate of RedBox… I’d have to rent $9 movies worth a month to make it a deal. AND, the fact that I get most of those free through Redbox it doesn’t compare still… SO, I believe RedBox still has one up on these companies!

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    Morgan [visitor]

    Like I need MORE electronics sitting on top of my TV set. Give me a break! With the digital cable box, DVD-R, and XBOX360, I think the top of my TV has reached its limit.