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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