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My family and I have used Blockbuster’s Total Access service to rent DVDs and Blu-rays for many years. We enjoy the convenience of receiving movies in the mail with no due date and being able to trade them at Blockbuster stores. Lately I’ve been wondering if I’m getting the best value out of Total Access versus online streaming/download movie services, so being the analytical person I am I compared various services using the list of movies my family received from Blockbuster in the last 6 months.

The twenty-five movies we watched in 6 months were all mainstream movies released in the last year, and the Total Access cost worked out to $4.80 per movie ($5.14 with tax). Of the 5 online services I looked at, none had all twenty-five movies available for rental. Amazon led the pack at 80%, followed by iTunes (52%), Vudu (48%), Blockbuster (44%) and Google Android Market (40%).

Amazon’s and Google’s movies were the most attractively priced at $3.99 for most movies and a few at $0.99 and $1.99. Amazon Prime provided 28% of the movies at zero rental cost, but the $79 per year cost of Prime needs to be factored into the analysis. Blockbuster’s movies were all $3.99 and there were no free movies or price breaks for Total Access customers. iTunes movies were priced at $4.99 and a few at $3.99 and $2.99. Vudu was the most expensive service at $4.99 for HD movies.

When I averaged the price of the movies that were available on each online service, Amazon was the leader at $2.34 per movie, followed by Google ($3.39), Blockbuster ($3.99), iTunes ($4.61) and Vudu ($4.99). Amazon still maintained a small lead at $3.33 per movie when I factored in 25% of the Prime membership cost. All of the online services beat Total Access on price.

When you consider availability and price, Amazon was the clear winner for my family’s movie viewing, especially since I already have a Prime membership. I am concerned about the quality of the movies versus the Blu-ray movies I get from Total Access. The next step will be to put the Total Access service on hold and try using online services for my family’s movie viewing to see if the movies we want to see are available and if they are the quality we’ve come to expect.
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Da Bears look good today. The NFL 2011 Android app needs work though. The graphics are very nice, but it crashed twice and froze with a black screen once. It was also consistenly a minute or two behind the live action.
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I'm looking forward to this course. Should be fun.
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Google+ tip: Watch Ripples around the Web

Ever wonder how many people have shared a particular story or video on Google+? You can build yourself a simple one-click button that'll make it easy to get that info for any page you're viewing in your browser.

In Chrome, just right-click on your bookmarks bar (if you don't see your bookmarks bar, press CTRL-SHIFT-B to make it appear) and select "Add page." Change the page's name to "Ripples," and paste the following code in for the URL:

javascript:location.href='https://plus.google.com/u/0/ripple/details?url='+encodeURIComponent(location.href)

Now, just click your new "Ripples" button from anywhere on the Web, and you'll see a detailed list of all the public G+ shares for that page.

Pretty handy, eh?

#googleplus #protip
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Genesis' Trespass album in the Android Market for $4.99 (or $2.94 if you buy the 6 tracks separately :-)
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Interesting - Google charged sales tax. When did they start doing that?
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10 days off ... I can feel the stress melting away already
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Good article pointing out that basic awareness and security practices help mitigate risks on the Internet.
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