Being a screenwriter implies a love of movies. So, I think it can be a fair assumption to say that screenwriters are likely to watch more movies that most people. I think it is also a fair assumption to say that screenwriters are a bit more cash strapped than most people. Except of course for the screenwriters that have a “real job.”

So, it makes sense then that screenwriters would be all over services like Netflix or Blockbuster Total Access. I am just wondering which one is the better service?

Netflix

Netflix was the first service that I tried out. I was more familiar with it and I liked the offer that they had. At any time you can check out Netflix – Only $4.99 a month! No Late Fees. Try it for Free! I really like how Netflix offers up different plans that you can sign up for. The plans that are available are:

  • $4.99 = 1 DVD at a time, limit of 2 DVDs a month plus 2 hours on your computer
  • $8.99 = 1 DVD at a time, unlimited DVDs a month plus unlimited hours on your computer
  • $13.99 = 2 DVDs at a time, unlimited DVDs a month plus unlimited hours on your computer
  • $16.99 = 3 DVDs at a time, unlimited DVDs a month plus unlimited hours on your computer

For me, I opted for the $13.99 package. What I like about Netflix is that they have multiple warehouses so that you can get your DVDs quickly. In fact, mine take about 1 business day to arrive from my queue.

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Blockbuster Total AccessBlockbuster Total Access is very similar to the service Netflix offers only it is primarily through Blockbuster.com . It is actually almost identical. They offer 1 business day service. And they have several plans to choose from. The main difference here is that you can exchange your movies in the Blockbuster stores for instant gratification when it comes to movie watching. The prices are:

  • $9.99 = 1 DVD at a time, limit of 2 DVDs per month via mai plus 2 free in-store exchanges per calendar month
  • $11.99 = 1 DVD at a time, unlimited DVDs per month via mail plus 2 free in-store exchanges per calendar month
  • $16.99 = 2 DVDs at a time, unlimited DVDs per month via mail plus 3 free in-store exchanges per calendar month
  • $19.99 = 3 DVDs at a time, unlimited DVDs per month via mail plus 5 free in-store exchanges per calendar month



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So, in evaluating both Netflix and Blockbuster Total Access, I think that Netflix is the better deal. Sure, with Blockbuster Total Access you can get the in-store exchanges – but isn’t the point of the whole online movie rental thing to avoid having to take trips to the rental store?

Regardless, I advise at least checking them both out for the free trial periods. You can sign up for Netflix first, pick the top plan so you can get 3 movies at once. Then cancel before the trial ends. Then do the same thing with Blockbuster Total Access. The end result? A month of unlimited DVD rentals for free! Broke screenwriters gotta love that!