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This category changes as fast we update charts. The latest shift: Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) has abandoned plans to spin off its DVD-by-mail busin…

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This category changes as fast we update charts. The latest shift: Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) has abandoned plans to spin off its DVD-by-mail business into a new subsidiary called Qwikster. Under the plan announced Sept. 18, subscribers of both DVD and streaming would have had different accounts with different sites. That problem is gone but a 60 percent price increase to get both remains.

In the interim, Dish Network (NSDQ: DISH) and its acquisition Blockbuster launched the Blockbuster Movie Pass, a DVD/streaming add on to some monthly Dish subscriptions; Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) announced the Kindle Fire, taking its Instant Video mobile for the first time; and Hulu Plus and Netflix made some key programming acquisitions.

What else separates Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and Blockbuster Movie Pass? Check out our latest chart, embedded below:

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  1. They make it a tough choice. I need to stare at that chart sometime and study it. Thanks for putting that up.
    I have been hit with the Netflix fees, yet I am going to make sure what I am getting into before jumping ship. 

    At the same time, I like all the options. Amazon is nuts IMHO to charge $4 for some movies, but hey, maybe some people will go for it. If they aren’t available on Netflix, cable, or even Redbox, then maybe.

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