We’ve been happy customers of NetFlix for quite some time, but have been recently considering Blockbuster Total Access. We actually tried Blockbuster’s online movie service a couple of years ago and, to be totally honest, we weren’t crazy about their service. At the time, we found it to be slower than Netflix, in part because the DVDs shipped from about 1, 000 miles away. But we’ve since moved, and their shipping network has apparently expanded. On top of that, their Total Access plan makes it far more convenient to swap movies. Here’s how it works:
(1) Join Total Access (Free trial!)
(2) Receive movies in the mail
(3) Return movies by mail or to the store
(a) Return by mail: another movie ships once it’s received
(b) Return to store: next movie ships immediately and you get a free in-store rental
(4) You also get one free in-store rental coupon/month
The free in-store rentals are in addition to the number of DVDs that you can have out via your online plan, so you can really crank through the movies. While I’ve grown to love the convenience of Netflix, I really like the idea of combining movies-by-mail with the flexibility to pop into a local store.
We’re gonna give it a shot. Have any of you tried them out since they introduced Total Access?