Netflix beware! Blockbuster and Dish Network unveil Blockbuster Movie Pass

Blockbuster and Dish Network unveiled their latest offensive attack against Netflix today. As of Feb. 1, 2012, for $10 a month on top of Dish’s service fee, subscribers can access Blockbuster Movie Pass. Dish heralded the “unmatched” service as “the most comprehensive TV entertainment programming package ever delivered by a multichannel pay TV provider.”

So what does that add up to in layman’s terms? Simply put: Mail delivery (with no extra charge for Blu-ray) of up to three discs, unlimited streaming to TVs and PCs, the option to exchange an unlimited number of DVDs and games at Blockbuster stores, plus 20 premium channels on Dish. At a roll-out event in San Francisco, Dish CEO Joe Clayton wasn’t short on praise for competing services like Hulu and Netflix but added, “We’re gonna do a great job at all of the above.” From Oct. 1 through Jan. 31, 2012, Dish Network is offering new customers one-year access to Blockbuster Movie Pass for signing a two-year contract.

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  • Meg – Chicago

    Blockbuster might be worth a try. However, there are other ways to watch streaming TV online and not be stuck to one service. Look at the TVDevo website. There are no limitations to what can be watched online.

  • sue

    Come on Blockbuster, this was your big chance to compete with Netflix. I don’t and can’t have a dish satellite. Offer the streaming service for non-dish members is what we needed. I would switch from Netflix if Blockbuster added streaming for everyone.

  • Tony

    I Got Dish Network, Its a Deal for me!

  • Brian

    The problem here is “streaming” for Dish Network is more like “Downloading” … it takes a while to order up on demand movies now. Can’t imagine they can fix that for this.

  • Michelle

    This would be an interesting competition if it wasn’t just for Dish subscribers. Lame. I’d consider switching if I didn’t have to have Dish – there’s no WAY I’d leave cable and go to that sort of service.

  • steve

    PRETTY LAME as it only affects Dish subscribers which is a pretty small amount. Many people can’t even subscribe to DiSH cuz they can’t put up satellites or they don’t get reception because of trees or other impediments

  • Ash

    This is kind of ironic, because at one point everyone was saying how netflix was putting blockbuster out of business. Now it’s the other way around.

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  • Tthree

    @Ash… U mean Netflix is PUTTING Netflix out of business all on their own.

  • George

    Have had DISH Network since DISH was 6-months old. Never been disappointed and look forward to the new service. Charlie: what about a deal for those subscribers who’ve been with you for 20 years?

  • Stephen

    Long time Dish customer… I have always loved Dish Network. It’s the least expensive option for pay TV and this will only make it better. Glad to say goodbye to the Netflix debacle.

  • Jesse

    The only way for blockbuster to compete is to make their streaming service (and their more extensive movie catalog) available on outside peripherals like the PS3, Xbox, DVD players, etc.. Only then can they hope to even the playing fields with Netflix.

  • Nikato Muirhed

    As a former Dish Network employee, I can educate you on some things. The 622 or higher models do support streaming video not just downloaded video, they call it push vod. It is also very likely that Dish is going to use their existing customer base of 15 million customers as a testbed for the new service. Dish network is very deliberative and will not release a product before it is time. You can rest assured that when Moviepass is released to the general public, it will be an excellent competitor to netflix. It is likley that Dish network will not release to the general public until ipad , and possibly playstation 3 and roku software is ready.

    • Jan

      Aw, you had to go and be smart. Don’t you know people just want to whine?

  • Nick

    Sounds nice, but I have no intention of leaving DirecTV for Dish.

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