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New BlockBuster VOD box runs Linux

Nov 30, 2008, 00:03 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Blockbuster claims its new VOD service offers "thousands of titles from the latest movie releases to classic favorites." The company's phrasing appears to be a thinly-veiled jab at Neftlix's VOD service, which currently seems to be limited to a lot of TV shows, documentaries, and older ("classic") movies.

"Like the Netflix VOD STB, there's a $99 upfront pricetag associated with the Blockbuster offering. But that's where the pricing similarity ends.

"While Netflix's box (made by Roku; pictured at right) has a one-time cost of $99 followed by a minimum monthly subscription to Netflix ($8.99+ for unlimited downloads), Blockbuster currently is providing its VOD STB (made by 2Wire) free with an advance rental of 25 on-demand movies for $99. Thereafter, VOD titles are available for $1.99 each."

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