As technology is rapidly changing, so are the ways we rent movies.
In my community, I believe the leaders of the pack are: Blockbuster, Netflix, and Redbox.
Here is what I like / don’t like about each of these products and brands:
Wide variety of movies
Older movies and newer movies
Most* rentals are 99c per night
Snacks available near checkout
Requires driving farther to actual Blockbuster store
Less stores available
Due to amount of driving, we personally receive more late fees
New releases 2.99+ a night
Not always open (closes at 10 or 12pm)
1$ a night
Many easy locations (McDonalds, 711, RiteAide, Walgreens, Albertsons…+ many more)
Outdoor locations never close (=less late fees)
Quick and easy, sometimes you can stay inside car
the wait/ lines
only new releases
disks are often scratched
often out of stock
you don’t have to leave your house at all
cheap and unlimited (8-10$ month)
widest variety of movies
can steam from gaming systems
TV shows also available
no late fees
unless streamed from gaming systems, one must wait for mailing
monthly fee, not per rental (could be a bonus depending on your level of movie watching)
no snacks since it is ordered at home
I think if the clients paid attention to their strengths vs weaknesses, it would be even more competitive.
Here is an info graphic on rentals:
Due to my love of old Disney films, we often use Blockbuster as our product of choice.
Redbox, we use when we are in a rush or want to see a new release
Netflix is never used. Now that we having a gaming system, we might use it more. However, the mail-in DVD is just not going to happen. We make movie decisions on a “spur-of-the-moment” basis. Waiting a few days would not work for our household.