Comparing Streaming Video Services: Blockbuster, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon

Our July streaming video chart followed word that Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) was separating DVD and streaming subscriptions and raising the price 60 percent for households that kept both. The past week started with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announcing plans to literally split the company in two, spinning off DVDs to new subsidiary Qwikster — and ended with Dish Network (NSDQ: DISH) that it was doing a variation on the reverse.

Dish and its bankruptcy bargain *Blockbuster* are offering a combined streaming/DVD-by-mail package to bundle with monthly satellite programming fees. But a look at this edition shows why it’s not that simple. For instance, Netflix and Hulu streaming crosses platforms and devices; Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) Movie Pass, which requires a Dish HD DVR, launches Oct. 1 with only TV and PC.

On the other hand, this is one place Dish Network comes in handy. Dish and Hulu Plus subs gets authenticated access to Fox prime-time programming a week ahead of anyone else while, of the four, only Dish can provide Turner networks TNT and TBS on the go.

What else separates Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Hulu, Netflix and new entrant Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) Movie Pass? Check out our latest chart, embedded below:

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