Blockbuster's streaming movie device - not all it's cracked up to be

Posted by Samantha Rose Hunt

Dallas (TX) - The concept of having one set-top box which is capable of delivering to your television set newly released video and film is very appealing. Companies such as Apple have shown that delivering a service of this caliber is almost impossible today, at least until better technology is developed. Even though this type of service might be a far cry from being fully developed, companies are still attempting it - and most recently Blockbuster.





Blockbuster has recently delivered the MediaPoint set-to-box to bring consumers this ability. The device would seem to be great, unfortunately many individuals who have utilized it are finding that it is in fact, a huge bust on Blockbuster’s part.



How does the service work?



When you purchase 25 first run movies, you receive a 2Wire-built MediaPoint device. The advanced rental purchase will set you back $100. Once you have reached your 25-moive limit you can then begin to rent movies on a per-rental basis. You can also purchase titles for a higher price.



Reviewers have complained that the MediaPoint device takes an excessive length of time to boot, and then the menu has been described as aesthetically unpleasing, and that there is very little content available.



Reviewers stated that playback on the device is simple. The content loads quickly and is easily accessible. But even that doesn’t make the device worth it, according to the reports.



Even though this device gives Blockbuster the ability to compete with companies such as Vudu, Netflix, and AppleTV, unfortunately release times are a bit slower, which means it would be faster to just head to a Blockbuster store to get the movies today one is seeking.