Blockbuster

  • Hands-on: BlockBuster On Demand on TiVo

    Hands-on: BlockBuster On Demand on TiVo

    TiVo users have known that Blockbuster On Demand was coming to TiVo for a while, but the service just went live. So, does it have the goods to put up a fight against Netflix or Amazon On Demand that have been streaming content on TiVos for months already? Nope, not at all. Read More

  • TiVo's On Demand section down for Blockbuster On Demand update

    TiVo's On Demand section down for Blockbuster On Demand update

    Don’t look now, but your Series 2, 3, or HD TiVo is probably getting the Blockbuster On Demand update right now. Actually, go look now because while I couldn’t get a picture to show this accurately, the screen above looks slightly different than other TiVo screens. It’s tad higher resolution and there is just something different about it. Maybe a TiVo GUI refresh is just… Read More

  • Blockbuster On Demand coming to TiVo sometime today

    Blockbuster On Demand coming to TiVo sometime today

    TiVo users! Rejoice! Soon you’ll have access to Blockbuster On Demand content as if Amazon, Netflix, Walt Disney Studios, and Jaman services weren’t enough. I hear that sometime today, the service will go live on Series 2, 3, HD, and HD XL boxes but so far it isn’t up on either my HD or HD XL units. Not that it matters all that much. I’m not going to use it anyway. Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand movies coming to a Motorola near you

    Blockbuster OnDemand movies coming to a Motorola near you

    Blockbuster – the once dominant, now prehistoric video rental company where you used to rack up incredible late fees (and anger towards their employees) – is not only still kicking, but seems to be positioning itself for a 21st century “comeback” of sorts via a new partnership with Motorola. Talk about two companies who could use some new-found success (read… Read More

  • The Movie Studios Have A Great Idea To Ramp Up Piracy. And Blockbuster Wants To Help.

    The Movie Studios Have A Great Idea To Ramp Up Piracy. And Blockbuster Wants To Help.

    Movie piracy is a problem, but it’s not as huge of a problem as music piracy was this past decade. While certainly the size of the movie files and the need for fast broadband connections to get them in a reasonable amount of time plays into it somewhat, also helping is the fact that there are some fairly decent ways to get movies quickly, for a pretty fair price these days. And now… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: PNY strikes up a deal with Blockbuster

    CrunchDeals: PNY strikes up a deal with Blockbuster

    For whatever reason, PNY has teamed up with Blockbuster to bring you gobs of flash memory and discounted movie rentals. That’s right, folks, when you pick up a 4GB or 8GB Attaché from PNY you’ll be given a code for 50 percent off your next OnDemand rental from Blockbuster.com. Read More

  • Blockbuster to sell Archos Netbook, dig itself deeper into WTF territory

    Blockbuster to sell Archos Netbook, dig itself deeper into WTF territory

    Two great tastes that taste great together! Blockbuster and Archos are teaming up to sell a $299 Archos 10 netbook to consumers who just can’t be bothered to “shop around” and “not go to a freaking Blockbuster for computer hardware.” What’s next? Electric toothbrushes? Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand coming to Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems

    Blockbuster OnDemand coming to Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems

    What did I say when the Blockbuster OnDemand service launched last year? I said something about not discounting the service because the company has a lot riding on it, that’s what. This partnership between Blockbuster and Samsung which will place the service on the majority of Samsung’s new video gear implies that the service broke through to the mainstream and is here to stay. Read More

  • Vizio releasing Twitter-, Flickr-, Netflix-enabled TV

    Vizio releasing Twitter-, Flickr-, Netflix-enabled TV

    Widgets and gadgets are the latest trend to hit HDTVs. Vizio is upping the game by equipping its soon-to-be-released HDTVs with an impressive suite of Internet applications and video streaming sites. So much so, that this portfolio will place them on top of many people’s wish list as these TVs will be better equipped than a TiVo or even Windows Media Server. Read More

  • Blockbuster horning in on game rentals

    Blockbuster horning in on game rentals


    Wow. That was fast. A few years after Gamefly basically sewed up the entire games-by-mail thing, Blockbuster is launching a game rental pilot program in the U.S. Where is the first place that gets these exciting 360, Wii, and PS3 games? Is it Austin? Dallas? Denver? Nope. Cleveland. That’s right: the heart of Ohio’s blightland gets to rock out with it’s controller out… Read More

  • Blockbuster checking out?

    Blockbuster checking out?


    Sadly, all three have short lifespans Video giant Blockbuster can’t get any money to save itself from bankruptcy. Thanks to years of heavy fighting with Netflix, the company has essentially spent itself into the ground and, thanks to the credit crunch, is looking at closing its doors. Read More

  • BlockBuster heads to TiVo: Rent streaming movies for up to $4 a pop

    BlockBuster heads to TiVo: Rent streaming movies for up to $4 a pop

    Remember BlockBuster? For you younglings who don’t, it was a poplar retail chain that rented “videos” and “DVDs” to people, in person. It’s still around, but no one really uses it anymore. Anyway, BlockBuster just inked a deal with TiVO, which also isn’t doing too well—it currently has its smallest subscriber base since 2005—to bring… Read More

  • WTF is happening to Blockbuster? Bankruptcy? [Update]

    WTF is happening to Blockbuster? Bankruptcy? [Update]


    Blockbuster Inc’s (BBI) stock is down a whopping 77% on the day and trading around $.22. It seems that the company has hired a bankruptcy firm to explore the possibility of a reorganization. Update: Turns out Blockbuster isn’t filing for bankruptcy after all. Damn rumor mill. Read More

  • Blockbuster Total Access DVD rental to get a bit more total

    Blockbuster Total Access DVD rental to get a bit more total

    Blockbusters Video’s mail rental program is about to get a shred of awesomeness in the form of game rentals. The program will slowly be rolled out starting with a pilot program with select subscribers. You know what this could mean though right? There will finally be a reason to subscribe to Blockbuster instead of Netflix. That is, of course, if the price is right and the game… Read More

  • Blockbuster teams with Sonic Solutions to stream videos

    Blockbuster teams with Sonic Solutions to stream videos

    Blockbuster made good on it’s word to launch a streaming media platform before the end of 2008 and now BB is launching a computer-based movie streaming service just like Netflix. Actually, I’m sure a PR tool will be quick to point out via a nasty email that this service isn’t ‘just like Neflix’, but come on, it is. Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand might not be out of beta yet

    Blockbuster OnDemand might not be out of beta yet

    Dave Zatz quickly ordered-up the Blockbuster OnDemand streamer when it launched and now states that the device isn’t ready for primetime. (his words, not mine) While I won’t steal all of his thunder, the above image is popped up when he tried to play his first rental. I’ve only rented one flick, the latest Indiana Jones installment. The initial download automatically restarted… Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand unboxed

    Blockbuster OnDemand unboxed

    The BlockBuster OnDemand set-top streamer is now available and for those interested in the nitty gritty, here are some of the first screen caps and product shots by Dave Zatz. So far it seems like the set-top box is just your average, post-beta but not quite production ready device. The big surprise for me is that Blockbuster OnDemand is not purely a streaming service. Video can be played… Read More

  • Blockbuster OnDemand coming to Blu-ray players (PS3?), too

    Blockbuster OnDemand coming to Blu-ray players (PS3?), too

    Blockbuster went official with plans for a set-top streaming box last week and now the company CEO is stating that the same capability will soon be available in Blu-ray players as well. Allegedly this option will be available in the first quarter of 2009 but what player is going to have the option? The Playstation 3 perhaps? Read More

  • A closer look at BlockBuster's streaming set-top device

    A closer look at BlockBuster's streaming set-top device

    General details about BlockBusters upcoming movie streaming box were released late last night but there wasn’t a good image of the device; we dug one up. It seems like this 2Wire-made MediaPoint box is an OEM-type product which means the final BlockBuster model might have a different name and color scheme but should maintain the same overall appearance. Other details, including UI… Read More

  • Blockbuster and 2Wire delivers the MediaPoint movie streaming player

    Blockbuster and 2Wire delivers the MediaPoint movie streaming player

    It wasn’t that long ago, that Blockbuster semi-announced plans to enter the crowded realm of movie streaming devices and sure enough, here is the device. The 2Wire manufactured device, dubbed MediaPoint, doesn’t require a Blockbuster subscription and for a limited time is “available for free with the advance rental of 25 first-run movies, TV shows, foreign or classic… Read More