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Blockbuster, Netflix, Hulu, Oh My!

DSCF1162There’s been a lot of news recently in mail-home and online streaming space, which are two places college students enjoy.   The ease of getting movies mailed to you to watch when you’re bored, or the ability to go online and stream your favorite movie or that TV show you missed last week.  But Blockbuster, Netflix, and Hulu have made announcements to diversify not only what you get, but how you get it.  Read through to see what’s new.

Blockbuster Adds Games To “By Mail” Plans

While the company that used to be a behemoth in the rental industry flirts with bankruptcy and tries to compete with Netflix, it is trying to differentiate itself.  Blockbuster By Mail, their DVD rentals at home program, announced today that games would also be included.  So users can rent movies, games, and TV series at their home via the mailbox.  $9 a month will get you 1 DVD or vide game at a time, with plans going up to $17 a month for 3 DVD’s or games at a time.  The Total Access plans are only worthwhile if there is a Blockbuster in the area (the nearest stores are in Belpre and Parkersburg).

If you’ve been tempted by this deal, consider the major points between Blockbuster and Netflix.  Sure, you get to rent games with Blockbuster.  But at the same price point ($9) you could stream movies to your computer, XBOX 360, Wii, Playstation, and eventually, mobile phones.  Online streaming is separate with Blockbuster, and costs vary from rental to outright purchase (but offers streaming to computers, mobile phones, and TV’s).  So the question is, which do you value more?  Online movie streaming, or Video Game Rentals?

Netflix Gets More Online Movies

Speaking about the whole online streaming universe, Netflix announced today that it’s increasing their streaming library in a huge way.  New movies from Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate will be able to be streamed online 90 days after their DVD release, starting September 1st.

This also means that their back catalogues will also be available, starting that same day.  According to the press release, this could mean nearly 3,000 new movies available for streaming via Netflix.  Like I mentioned earlier, $9 will get you one DVD at a time, and unlimited movie and tv streaming.

Hulu Plus Coming

Most students don’t have TiVo’s or DVR’s on campus, and with busy lives away from the TV, yet great shows on every day, it’s hard to keep up.  Hulu fixes that problem, for the most part, but if you were looking for more, it’s here.

Hulu Plus gives you access to previous seasons of shows, and unlocks a back catalogue of many other shows not available to the typical Hulu user.  It also allows you to stream Hulu Plus content to your TV, Playstation 3, iPhone, and iPad (supposedly more devices are coming soon, including the XBOX 360).  Costs $10 a month, but is currently in a limited preview, so you have to apply for the privilege to use the service at the moment.

Even with the monthly payment, you’ll still be forced to watch ads during the shows.  And don’t worry, free Hulu will still be around.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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Tuesday Drops: Mummy 3, Fall Out Boy

As Christmas approaches, less and less “Big Hits” come out.  They like to try to release them either two to three weeks before the 25th (like The Dark Night), or around Black Friday.

So, I present to you the releases for this week in music, movies, and video games.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Released 10-21-08: HSM 3, Hulk, Fable 2

Not much of a release week for the music and movie industry, while you have plenty of options in the video game market.

Look for High School Musical 3: Senior Year, which is out on CD today.  It’s the soundtrack for the follow-up to High School Musical 2, and will probably rocket up the charts due to its popularity.

Incredible Hulk comes out on DVD today, alongside some horror films ripe for the Halloween season.  If The Strangers or the straight-to-DVD Anaconda 3: Offspring sound like a spooky time, they are now available for purchase.

Fable 2 for the XBOX 360 promises to give fans of the series plenty to do and see now that it’s out.  Look for Far Cry 2 (PC, XBOX 360, Playstation 3) and the Rockband 2 Bundle (XBOX 360, Playstation 3) to come out as well this week and make a lot of people happy.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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