Blockbuster Reminds Us It's Still Here With Netflix and LoveFilm-Blocking Time-Limited Movie Exclusives

By Sam Gibbs on at

With all this bluster about Netflix and LoveFilm, it’d be easy to forget that we also have Blockbuster in the UK. It’s still there with its brick and mortar stores, trying to justify its existence. Now it’s gone on the offensive with rental exclusives that tie-up films like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for two to three weeks; you won’t be able to get them anywhere else, not even streaming.

The original movie rental chain has partnered with a bunch of movie studios including Disney, Icon, Lions Gate, Sony, Studiocanal and Universal Pictures for these time-limited exclusives, which will set you back £2.99 a pop without subscription.

Personally, this isn’t going to make me get off my lazy arse and trundle down to Blockbuster to pick up a Blu-ray – if it’s not available for streaming or online rental it’s going to be a wait or a miss from me. Still, if you’re not a streaming or rental subscriber already, £2.99 for the odd just released disc doesn’t sound too bad. And you could always take Blockbuster up on its LoveFilm competing online-DVD rental service -- only £7.99 for one disc at a time and no streaming doesn't sound like a real bargain to me if I'm honest. [The Telegraph, Marketing]

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