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

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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. Last 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.

(As soon as we published this chart, the landscape changed. We’ve updated to reflect today’s news from Amazon.)

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* 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 (NSDQ: NWS) 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 Movie Pass? Check out our latest chart, embedded below:

More information can be found in our VOD and DVD archives.

6 Responses to “Updated: Comparing Streaming Video Services: Blockbuster, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon”

    • Staci D. Kramer

      iTunes sells or rents individual TV episodes/season passes and movies. Hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime instant video are subscription video on demand — subscribers pay a monthly or annual fee and watch anything from the library on demand. We include, which is ad-supported, and Amazon Instant Video, which is sale/rental, to show the comparison to their streaming subscription services.

  1. nicole.vega

    All of these services have been around for a little while, and although the Blockbuster Movie Pass just started today, it already offers things that these other services do not. As an employee of DISH Network I know that the strides that they’re taking to improve wherever they can are what’s going to stimulate growth that surpasses that of their competitors. Once it’s seen that the Blockbuster Movie Pass has the best value for a small cost it’ll be interesting to see how these other guys retaliate.

  2.   Totally disagree with Scott.  How many people want to be with Dish?  Not me, especially not for the dumbed-down, soft fuzzy standard definition that Blockbuster streams their movies in.  This venture is going to be an also-ran, not a winner.  Netflix is experiencing some growing pains, not a huge surprise considering how fast they’ve grown.  Count me into the Netflix camp.

  3. Netflix is going to be owned.  If Dish can tie in next day with their part of the business as well as strengthen Blockbuster’s ability to negotiate with digital rights….Game over.  Your stock was worth something.  That said, they could be bought out and tied in with ALL cable companies on a cross-licensure basis

    • Staci D. Kramer

      That’s assuming that Dish is the pay TV solution for everyone, which it isn’t, or that Netflix and other standalone streaming subscriptions are based on appealing to users who also want to pay for cable or satellite.