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Blockbuster Movie Pass comes October 1 with TV, streaming

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Fri September 23, 2011

Blockbuster Movie Pass gives perks for satellite

Dish Network made a bet on Internet video Friday with Blockbuster Movie Pass. The service bundles satellite TV with mailed movie, TV, and game rentals as well as Internet streaming. Pitched as a rival to Netflix and Qwikster, it takes advantage of the Blockbuster rights and TV streaming to give a wider catalog of Internet video; 10,000 movies in total will stream to TVs and computers, including from Starz and others who have held out on Netflix to shelter their TV business.

Movies and TV shows can stream to either the TV or to the web, although no mobile apps or console deals exist yet. The Blockbuster edge lets users return movies to a local Blockbuster store, if one is still open nearby, rather than have to send it back. Blu-ray movies won't carry a premium like they do at Netflix/Quickster, although games may carry the fee.

Service goes live October 1 but will be limited to Dish subscribers, who pay at least $10 per month on top of TV; $15 and $20 tiers will also be an option, although it's not clear what these will provide. New subscribers can get a year's worth of access if they sign on to an America's Top 200 satellite package for $40 per month.

Officials at the special event promised that they were working on a plan that would let non-Dish customers subscribe to the Movie Pass and to "stay tuned" for details. In present form, executives insist that required bundling is "what customers want" and that a separate service wasn't vital.

The decision is still likely to rule out Dish and Blockbuster as serious competition for Netflix, Qwikster, Amazon Instant Video, or pay-per-title services like iTunes. Dish holds a significant but minority stake in the market and is unlikely to persuade customers to switch to pay a similar rate to what they would if they just added a third-party service on top. Netflix, Hulu, and similar services also have apps for Android, iOS, game consoles, and some cases inside devices themselves that lets them stream video without needing a proprietary set-top box or to route video from the computer.








by MacNN Staff

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  1. G4_Kessel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yuck!

    It will be a cold day in h*** before I switch from DirecTV to Crappy Dish Network. I'll continue paying my $9 a month for Blockbuster to ship DVDs, Blu-rays and PS3 games to me. I tried Netflix and was not impressed.

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Yeah!

    I switched to Dish a few months ago after DirecTVs horrible service and slow set-top boxes. I haven't looked back. I even got my dad and 2 neighbors to switch and all love it. Even better, I'm paying far less than I did before. (Even though I miss my old DTV baseball package).

    Now, I'm assuming that the reason this is offered to Dish customers first is that they will download the ability to stream this into the Dish set top boxes. I assume PS/3, wii, etc apps will come later for non-dish customers.

    In any event, I'm excited. I can't wait to drop Netflix streaming. (I already cancelled the DVD and switched that to Blockbuster.)

  1. Connan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Blockbuster movie pass

    Since DISH Network became a premier satellite provider they have worked hard to keep my business and ther business of millions and it’s worked. This new Blockbuster movie pass is the best idea ever! Working for DISH Network I would like to shade some light on this promotion customers that already have DISH that want the Blockbuster movie pass will be paying the $10/mo for the Dish Platinum package which you'll also receive 20 premium movies channels from MGM, EPIX, Sony Movie Channel, PixL and many more.

  1. Connan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Blockbuster movie pass

    Since DISH Network became a premier satellite provider they have worked hard to keep my business and ther business of millions and it’s worked. This new Blockbuster movie pass is the best idea ever! Working for DISH Network I would like to shade some light on this promotion customers that already have DISH that want the Blockbuster movie pass will be paying the $10/mo for the Dish Platinum package which you'll also receive 20 premium movies channels from MGM, EPIX, Sony Movie Channel, PixL and many more.

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