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I've had blockbuster for 3 months, and I had netflix for 6. Here's my pros/cons lists....

Blockbuster: watched an average of 7 discs per month
Pros:
Can drop off discs at store for slightly faster turn around (3 days instead of 4).
Big name, sometimes get in-store promotions (free 2-disc American Gangster, % off of online purchases).

Cons:
Website lags, lots of issues.
No free-online viewing
4 day turn around for movies


Netflix: watched an average of 14 discs per month
Pros:
2 day turn around for movies
Excellent website, no lag and can keep it open for long periods of time
Can watch movies for free online

Cons:
About 1/month - discs shipped were either damaged or incorrect (Gallagher instead of Gilmore Girls, Little Shop of Horrors debacle, chipped, very scratched)

For me, Netflix wins - plus, I will probably be upping my discs out at a time and canceling my cable channels after Stargate: Atlantis is over.

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sillyliss
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yay for Netflix! Winning over the big, bad Blockbuster again! :P (Actually, I do have a Blockbuster membership for the stores, but Netflix is so much easier living out in the country.)

Also, it is so weird all your problems with Netflix. We have had about 3 bad discs/errors altogether in the 3 years we've had Netflix.
tenthz
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
I think it was because I was ordering things that were high-volume items? Maybe? Who knows, but hopefully it will be better when I start up again.
mountainheather
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm surprised Netflix wins, what with all the negativity you always had about them, I never saw you make a negative post about Blockbuster.

You're going to up your movies per month from 14? Dude, you are busy, where do you find the time to watch all of those?? :-p Will you be cancelling your cable altogether, or just going to the lowest package?
tenthz
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
I haven't had much time to post about blockbuster and they were more of an annoyance with such slow turn around time, than an aggravation with getting movies that I couldn't watch.

And, NO I am not changing plans that high! When I was doing netflix, I managed about 14 discs per month (one every 2 days) and about 7 per month with blockbuster (one every 4 days). Which is ridiculous, because the plans are the same price! When I get a movie, I watch it straight away and put it in the mail that night or bring it to the store the next morning, so the speed is all them.

Discs are anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours long (depending if it's a kids movie or a disc of a TV show) and I can usually finish one in a night, and my bed time is usually around 12-1am so it's not hard to fit in even on a night when I have choir or something.

I won't get rid of TV all together, just probably go down to the lowest "package" that will still let me keep most of my ondemand stuff (probably just basic channels abc, nbc, etc).
mountainheather
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
I don't know how you get so little sleep. Do you feel tired during the day/get up easily?
tenthz
Oct. 2nd, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Used to be I'd get up between 8:30-9 and I would be very sleepy throughout the day. I've been slowly adjusting my sleep schedule to start getting up at 7:30 (not quite there yet), but I function best on about 6-7 hours of sleep anyway. Anymore than 7 1/2 and I get very drowsy in the afternoons and have a hard time getting up. 1am is a rare occasion, but it is usually around 11:30-12:30 normally (darn you, Family Matters!)
mountainheather
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Family Matters? lol. I used to watch that in the afternoons when I was working at night.

Sleep patterns are so weird! My G'mother gets up at 4:30 and goes to bed around 11. I go to bed around 11:30 and can scarcely get up at 7:25 and feel drowsy all day. I wonder if someting's wrong. :-p
tenthz
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Everyone's body is different regarding the amount of sleep they need. Mike needs about 9 hours in bed to feel awake during the day (granted, he has a LOT of trouble sleeping, too). Also, I know that as you get older, you need less and less sleep. Teenagers need the most sleep (I think there was a study that said 10 hours at one point! =-O), because their bodies are growing and changing so much at that point.

Have you managed to get to bed earlier yet? That might help, or you might be sleeping too much, too! It's one of those things that is hard to judge. Also, some people sleep better at different times of the day (ie, can sleep during the day, but not at night) so even adjusting your schedule to go to bed earlier and get up earlier or go to bed later and get up later might help as well.
mountainheather
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, very true about not sleeping well. I think that's actually my problem lately. I fall asleep in less than five minutes, but I don't stay that way. First the vivid dreams, now the stomach issues and constantly waking up for the bathroom. I just read that 6 hours of deep, good sleep is better than 8 of up and down, not deep sleep. I think I'm having the same problem as Mike, though not as bad because it hasn't been going on as long.

Plus, I expend so much energy in the late evenings that I'm not as tired as I should be when I do hit the hay. That's why I've been having such trouble getting myself to bed before 11. Nope, I haven't made it yet. 11 on the ticket last night was the earliest yet. Of course the Sox are also in the playoffs now and the games don't stary until 10, because they're on the west coast. :-p

I also read, that less sleep as you get older is a myth. It's true that teens need the most because of puberty and all that. But other than that, the amount of sleep you need is based just on you. If you personally change such that you sleep better as you get older, you may need less overall. But not as a matter of... everyone needs less as they age. That's supposedly not true. ::shrug::
tenthz
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Huh, I didn't realize that was a a myth. It seems like everyone I know it's true for, though. My grandparents and my parents, at least.
mountainheather
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Seems true for people I know too. I'm always in wonderment at my G'mother. Although, my G'father sleeps a decent amount of time I think.
sillyliss
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oddly enough, I existed on less sleep in my teenage years than at any other time of my life.
tenthz
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Wooo! Way to be an exception to the rule! :-D
collectonian
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Yay Netflix! Surprised at the number of bad discs though. I've had more bad discs in the last two months from renting locally at Hastings than I have had in last two years with Netflix. :P Since I joined in 2003, I've had 13 discs that either were damaged or lost (or mislabeled in one case), most of those from before 2006 though.
tenthz
Oct. 2nd, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
I think the QC team in harrisburg is just a bunch of slackers. :-P
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