I've been a Netflix fanboy since November of 2000, over six years ago!! In that time I've rented over 650 discs, and spent enough money to buy 10 iPod Nano's! I put my money where my mouth is on this one.
Anyway, in the past month I've gone (physically, mind you) to a Blockbuster video store twice. The first time I had two free rentals because Blockbuster was accepting Netflix mail covers as payment. Pretty good idea on their part, eh? So I setup a Blockbuster account and rented a couple movies. This past weekend, my girl and I decided to rent some movies that I didn't have on Netflix yet. Unfortunately, Blockbuster stopped taking the Netflix rentals as payment. But, this time, they would give me a free rental if I signed up for their online Blockbuster account.
Ok I thought, I'll give it a try and see how it goes. So far I'm still not impressed with their website. The interface is clunky... their top and right bars take up most the screen. And the text for the release date and MPAA rating overlaps in my Firefox browser. Come on people, you can't be designing your site for IE only in 2007. In their top menu they have what could be a nice feature: A three paned menu that will help you drill down to new releases, or top rentals, etc. But they make the browser window refresh on every click. LAME! Haven't we heard of AJAX people? Again, get with the times Blockbuster. The last thing that bugs me about their website is that it doesn't have RSS feeds. How will I display my queue on my website, or in my widgets on my desktop without RSS? Ugh!
Blockbuster does have one saving grace, and it's a potentially huge one. Free in-store rentals with your online movie return. Whoa! Check this: I can return a DVD that I got in the mail to a Blockbuster and instantly get any movie rental in their brick and mortar store. Instant gratification! Perfect for when I forget to send something back in time for a new movie over the weekend! I could really get used to this. I'll keep you posted on how it goes with the new Blockbuster online.