Blockbuster Unveils Set Top Box

Posted by Mehar Gill on November 29, 2008 
Filed Under: Blockbuster, Blu-ray, Disney, Downloads, DreamWorks, Format War, Fox, HD DVD, Lionsgate, Netflix, Paramount, Rental, Retailers, Sony, Studios, Universal, Warner

Remember that set top box Blockbuster teased during their latest conference call? It has finally been revealed! Dubbed the “MediaPoint”, the box will allow users to progressively playback DVD quality video directly to their living rooms.

The box is essentially free for those who rent 25 movies from Blockbusters video service with a total value of $99, a “lone” price has not been announced. Unlike a majority of the competition, MediaPoint will not require a monthly subscription.

Rentals start at $1.99 with titles available on the service 30 days after initial DVD release. The box will feature HDMI, USB, Ethernet, Composite, Component, and Digital Audio outputs.

Jim Keyes, the chairman of Blockbuster had this to say,

“We are bringing Blockbuster, and the thousands of movies in our digital library, straight to customers’ televisions.  The player is simple to use, delivers DVD quality video, and there’s no monthly subscription commitment.”

“Even though this is a very small market, the movies and the devices are the differentiators,”

The box won’t support any HD content at this time, theirs always the possibility it may change in the future.

It goes without saying, the box is only available in the United States. Your thoughts? Will this box be able to compete with Netflix let alone the other competition? By the looks of it the player is available now, are your ordering one?

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5 Responses to “Blockbuster Unveils Set Top Box”

  1. Rob on November 30th, 2008 12:48 pm

    Why would anyone in there right mind buy one of these when you have Vudu doing blu-ray quality HD and 5.1 surround?

  2. Ryan on November 30th, 2008 5:06 pm

    30 days after DVD release? Is that the way Roku box works with NetFlix? That doesn’t seem like a good idea when people want to see new movies …

  3. Mehar Gill on November 30th, 2008 6:02 pm

    @Ryan – Not to sure about Roku but I know the XBLVM has a 3-4 week window depending on the studio. I assume others a similar since in many cases (like with Uwe Boll) the biggest profits come from the DVD sales.

  4. Ryan on December 1st, 2008 7:45 pm

    @Mehar –

    I get the disc profits, but with Blockbuster & Netflix being rental companies foremost, I would think their window would be an immediate release. If you’re a renter, you’re not going to buy the movie instead of waiting three weeks, right?

  5. Drew Paul on May 26th, 2010 1:48 pm

    My thoughts exactly! Who would wait a month to see the new movies? But that’s exactly what Netflix and Redbox signed agreements to do, with 3 major studios, Fox, Universal and Warner!! With others guaranteed to jump on that ship!! So, what’s the purpose in using those companies if you can’t get the new movies? I personally don’t get the Redbox thing AT ALL…. an “F” rated Co. with the better business bureau, and people STILL put their debit cards in the machines!?! And Netflix…..? Hmmmm…I think I want a movie for Saturday, I better “order” it today…..LOL I DON’T GET IT!!!! I SAY SAVE BLOCKBUSTER AND ALL BRICK AND MORTAR STORES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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