Summary:

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…

Streaming Video Chart 10/10/11
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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.

Amazon Instant Video

Amazon Prime

Blockbuster

Hulu

Hulu Plus

Netflix (Streaming)

Netflix (DVDs)

LINK

PRICING

Rent or purchase new release titles starting at $3.99. Amazon Daily Deals offer titles to rent for as little as $0.99. Purchase fees are $15 or less

$79/year for Amazon Prime, unlimited instant video included

Starts at $10/month in addition to Dish Network programming and equipment fees.*

Free; Ads

$8/month; Ads

$8/month.$16/month for unlimited streaming +1 DVD. Prices vary for additional DVDs

$8/month$16/month for unlimited streaming +1 DVD. Prices vary for additional DVDs

WHO SUPPLIES

ABC, CBS, NBCUniversal, Fox, WB, HBO, Sony Pictures Television, Disney, Paramount, MTV Networks, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, Magnolia Pictures, IFC Films, Egami Media, Vivendi Entertainment, New Video Group, Fred Rogers Company, Strand Releasing, Music Box Films, Film Movement, Reel Media, Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon.

CBS, NBCUniversal, Fox, Sony Pictures Television, BBC, PBS, National Geographic, Magnolia Pictures, IFC Films, Egami Media, Vivendi Entertainment, New Video Group, Fred Rogers Company, Strand Releasing, Music Box Films, Film Movement, Reel Media, Sesame Workshop

Streaming content includes Dish Network content such as Discovery Channel, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, Fox and more; movies from Starz, Sundance, Epix, Encore and more; TV Everywhere

Current and back season TV shows from more than 260 networks and studios like ABC, A&E, Comedy Central, FOX, Lionsgate, MGM, MTV, National Geographic, NBC, Paramount, VH-1, Univision; movies from Miramax and Criterion Collection

Current and back season TV shows from networks and studios like ABC, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, NBC, VH-1, Univision (extended); hundreds of movies from both Miramax and the Criterion Collection. Includes faster, deeper access to Fox primetime.

Movies and TV shows (including past seasons of current shows) from Paramount Pictures, MGM, Lions Gate Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Disney, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, NBCU, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Disney-ABC, DreamWorks SKG, AMC Networks, expanded deal with Discovery, select WB shows, Starz Play with 1,000 titles

TV shows and movies from Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Twentieth Century Fox

TITLES/EPISODES

Over 100,000 movies and TV shows, with over 15,000 of those titles in HD. (Doesn’t break it out by titles.)

Will have over 11,000 movies and TV show episodes when Fox content is available this fall, with over 2,000 of those titles in HD. (Doesn’t break it out by titles.) Now has every season of every Star Trek show.

3,000 movies streamed to TV; 4,000 movies streamed to computer. Hundreds of streaming TV shows. Plus, 100,000 movies and TV shows by mail. Dish comes with access to some authenticated TV programming.

Over 1,720 TV titles and 1,470 movie titles

More than 16,000 hours, which includes 2,180 TV titles and 1,450 movie titles

Over 20,000 episodes

Over 100,000 episodes

VIDEO GAMES

No

No

3,000 games by mail (for Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360).

No

No

No

Yes

TV CONTENT WINDOW

Day after

Library titles

N/A

Day after broadcast for current season, back season library of hundreds of popular TV shows

Day after and limited viewing window

Library titles

Library titles

MOVIE CONTENT WINDOW

Same day as DVD release

Library titles

N/A

Varies by movie

Varies by movie

28 days after DVD release; smaller selection than DVD offerings

28 days after DVD release

ADS

No

No

N/A

Yes

Yes

No

No

RENT OR OWN

Rent and/or own

Rent and/or own

Rent

Rent

Rent

Rent

Rent

HD

Yes (720p)

Yes (720p)

Yes

No

Yes, when available

Yes (720p) (Sony PlayStation 3 offers 1080p)

Select Blu-ray titles available

DEVICES

PC, Mac, connected TV, Blu-ray, Set-Top-Boxes, Kindle Fire (Nov. 15)

PC, Mac, connected TV, Blu-ray players, Set-Top-Boxes, Kindle Fire (Nov. 15)

HD DVR; Facebook integration

PC, Mac

Computers, game consoles, streaming players, Blu-ray players, set top boxes, HDTV, DVRs, mobile devices (including iOS and Android)

Computers, set top boxes, game consoles, streaming players, Blu-ray players, HDTV, DVRs, mobile devices (including iOS and Android)

DVD and Blu-ray

* Users must have a Dish Network HD DVR and be a Dish subscriber. New subscribers who commit to a two-year plan for the America’s Top 200 package or higher before Jan. 31, 2012, get the first year of Blockbuster Movie Pass included. New subscribers who get the America’s Top 120 package, which runs $30/$45, get three months free. The HD DVR usually comes with a new subscription; the cost of using the DVR is $6 per month. The fee is waived for the first DVR.

Source: Based on company information, additional reporting.
Produced by: Amanda Natividad
Edited by: Staci D. Kramer
Published: October 10, 2011 (Last version September 26, 2011 // Updated: August 18, 2011)

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