Blockbuster Total Access Is Raising Your Rates

Blockbuster Total Access Is Raising Your Rates

Looks like in addition to bad service Blockbuster wants another 2 bucks per customer who were grandfathered in by the old pricing system.

Blockbuster Chides You For Losing The Movies In Your Queue

Blockbuster Chides You For Losing The Movies In Your Queue

I have been a long time reader of consumerist, and hoped I would never have to send in anything to you guys. Leave it to Blockbuster to force me to do this.

Blockbuster Total Access Fails, Netflix Wins

Blockbuster Total Access Fails, Netflix Wins

We’re ready to call Netflix the winner of this battle of the video war, based on Blockbusters remarkably sad third quarter numbers and the flood of pissed off emails we’ve been getting from Blockbuster’s (former) customers.

Apple May Be Plotting iTunes Movie Rental Service

Apple May Be Plotting iTunes Movie Rental Service

According to CNNMoney, Apple may be plotting an iTunes movie rental service that would allow iPod users to rent and watch a movie for 30 days without purchasing the entire film. Rumors place the rental fee at about $2.99.

The Ace Up Netflix's Sleeve: Excellent Customer Service

The Ace Up Netflix's Sleeve: Excellent Customer Service

Netflix is investing in superior customer service to differentiate themselves from Blockbuster as the two rental giants remain locked in a vicious price war. The company has completely shunned email-based support, instead relying on 200 friendly Oregonians to answer calls around the clock. Netflix CSRs, unlike most, are not given target call durations, and are encouraged to “err on the side of generosity” when dispensing compensation. They have one shockingly simple goal: satisfy the customer.

Netflix Aims To Destroy Blockbuster, Drops Prices Yet Again

Netflix Aims To Destroy Blockbuster, Drops Prices Yet Again

Netflix has dropped the price of their 3 movie at a time service… again, says Consumerist’s sister site Gizmodo. We don’t really know what else to say about it because it was only a few weeks ago that we posted the last Netflix price-cut.

Blockbuster Tries To Thwart Netflix, Gobbles Up Movie Download Service

Blockbuster Tries To Thwart Netflix, Gobbles Up Movie Download Service

Blockbuster has purchased Movielink, an ailing movie download service cobbled together by film studios to combat online piracy. The deal will give Blockbuster access to movies from Sony, Universal, Paramount, MGM, and Warner Brothers. Netflix’s download service, by contrast, offers a limited selection of mostly older movies. The deal is the latest salvo fired in the consumer-friendly war of the movie rental services. No word yet on how long hackers might take to crack the new download service.

Blockbuster Raises Prices, Gives You Until Yesterday To Change Your Plan

Blockbuster Raises Prices, Gives You Until Yesterday To Change Your Plan

Blockbuster would like you to know that you are a valued customer… and that you have until yesterday to change your plan before the new pricing goes into effect.

Netflix Sticks It To Blockbuster, Cuts Prices Again

Netflix Sticks It To Blockbuster, Cuts Prices Again

The consumer-friendly price war between Netflix and Blockbuster rages on this week as Netflix cuts the price of its two most popular subscription plans by $1. The cost of Netflix’s 3-DVD plan will drop to $16.99, while the 1-DVD plan will fall to $8.99. The price drops will make Netflix plans $1 cheaper than comparable Blockbuster plans featuring Total Access. Both retailers slashed the price of their 2-DVD options last month to $13.99. The latest move from Netflix is meant to drain much-needed cash from Blockbuster. From the Chicago Tribune:

Stepping up its attack on Netflix also has been hurting Blockbuster, which has had to spend more heavily on DVDs to ensure sure its stores have enough discs to keep up with the additional demand from its roughly 3 million online subscribers. The company lost $49 million in the first quarter.

Netflix Lowers Costs As Blockbuster Prepares To Raise Prices

Netflix Lowers Costs As Blockbuster Prepares To Raise Prices

Netflix has reduced the cost of its 2-DVD plan by $1 to $13.99, matching a move made by Blockbuster earlier this month. Blockbuster had expected to be dancing triumphantly atop the battered and bankrupt corpse of its rival by now, but Netflix’s staying power is causing Blockbuster to re-think its strategy. By the end of the year, Blockbuster will raise the price of its Total Access service, which allows subscribers access to its retail locations.

The company said in the filing that it planned to modify its popular Total Access plan before the end of the year to “strike the appropriate balance between continued subscriber growth and enhanced profitability.”

Netflix’s email to subscribers, after the jump: