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Blinkbox is a video on demand service or an online movie and television show rental portal. I've been using the site for many years as it offers a wide range from the latest blockbuster movies and popular TV series to older classics.
The brand is now partnered with Tesco so if you have a Clubcard you can collect points on each pound you spend online. I find the prices quite good. You can either rent or buy each movie or T.V series (or individual episode). Rental is cheaper but you only have 48 hours to watch once you press play on your video player. If you buy the price is a little higher but this means you can replay as often as you like and download to your computer (on up to 5 devices). I have compared some of the prices of both buying and renting to the physical DVD or blu-rays and the cost is usually significantly lower at Blinkbox. They also have exclusive releases before they come out on physical DVDs which is great if you are hungry to see something.
To use the site you have to register with your email address and other details. The brand have a Download Manager program which you need to install if you want to purchase items. This is easy to do and the program always runs smoothly.
Although some options are available to view in HD I do find the quality of the playback to be a bit fuzzy on occasions. Whether this is due to my own system or network issues I can't be sure but I do see some pixilation of the screen at times. This doesn't occur on any of the items I've purchased though and play on my home computer, only on the items I stream direct from the site. You can stream on many devices such as games consoles, tablets, set-top boxes and more. Full options are available to view on the site.
Blinkbox have a great search facility which allows you to find whatever film or show you are looking for. You can also search by actor or actress though and a list of all their movies which you can watch with Blinkbox come up on screen. I find that in general the site features all of the most recent movies from all of my favourite actors, even if they weren't big blockbuster type films.
I would recommend Blinkbox to anyone who enjoys watching movies and television shows and who wants to do so at a low cost and with a simple method. You can dip in and out of the site since there are no regular fees attached, just the price of each movie or T.V show you watch.
The likes of LoveFilm, Net Flix and Blink Box wouldn't have enjoyed such a good share of the home rental movies market five years ago - the trust in these websites wasn't really there and YouTube was just coming into it's own. LoveFilm and Nex Flix started out as home delivery services. I remember the old advert for LoveFilm and being really interested in singing up - no late fees! Score!
I think that's the beauty of these websites - they are effectively no pressure on the customer whatsoever. And now with the online streaming service it's made them bigger and better - and yes, richer.
Still, I think BlinkBox is the best of the bunch. With the other home rentals I always forget to return the DVD and end up with a film in my house for a month (or more) that I haven't watched, holding up the line in getting a new film ;). BlinkBox certainly works out the cheapest and you can cash in Tesco Clubcard points for films.
Another thing about this site is that you can watch films and TV shows for free - yep. Not the best quality stuff, but certainly not the worst, either. The TV programmes aren't littered with any ads, which to me is a plus.
The thing that works so well in this site's favour is that you can pay as you go to rent films or outright buy films and TV shows - no sign up or monthly fees to pay. As we've got a bit of a New Years Resolution to not buy anymore DVDs that clog up our living room BlinkBox works perfectly for us as we mostly rent films on a Saturday night or buy our rental and watch it on Sunday or Monday evening. Any downloaded and paid for content (that is the content which is not streamed but downloaded as if you're buying a DVD from a shop) is protected by the Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) so it is perfectly safe. All other content (streamed/rental content) is protected by Adobe Flash secure delivery technology.
Popular rentals start at around £3.49 but there is a good selection of £1.99-99p movies, too. We've watched some really good quality films on BlinkBox and I will be looking forward to the day when they update The Walking Dead to include Series 2 on their site ;). Think we'll be first in line to buy it!
BlinkBox themselves have been around since 2008 which for a website of this ilk is quite 'young' in terms of a dotcom. Considering the competitor websites have been around a lot longer. BlinkBox also have a deal with Tesco (as well as the Clubcard points thing) that if you buy certain Blu Rays and DVDs from Tesco that you're able to stream them on BlinkBox - to land a contract like that with a major UK supermarket suggests this is a company on the up and one to watch in the future. They're doing well for themselves and I think it's well deserved because they provide such a stellar quality in what they do offer.
Overall I would say that if you don't have the time to watch movies an awful lot then this website is a great place to go rather than the competitor sites which require a monthly sign up fee - and if you're like me, a monthly fee that might go unused!
For those who don't know, Blinkbox is a video on demand service which was established in 2008.
Blinkbox offers users to preview, buy, and rent full length premium movies and TV shows online. There is also a significant number of titles which are free to watch. This is a bit like what you find on 4OD and BBC iPlayer.
I have used Blinkbox pretty much since it was born and have been very impressed with its quality. They often have promotions on giving new customers £5 and £10 free to buy a movie.
The current offer is every new member to sign up can receive £10 free to spend on any film, meaning you can get the likes of Avatar absolutely free. All you need to enter is code: VCBLINKBOX and there you go.
The selection of films is plentiful and includes many top class award winning films such as Avatar, Sherlock Holmes, Couples Retreat and Twilight.
You can also watch many TV Episodes for free including Shameless and Skins.
The site is very clean and easy to navigate and registration is seamless.
The only thing that I don't like about the site is when you download a movie (I recommend using a portable/external hard drive) you cannot copy the movie to a DVD. I would have liked to have done this in order to watch the film on TV. But that is the only negative thing I can think of, and most people probably couldn't care less!
I fully recommend checking out Blinkbox, especially now you can get £10 free to spend (see 4th paragraph).
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it is helpful!
blinkbox.com is a great little website for film lovers.
It is an online library of a good selection of new and old films to rent or buy. If you chose to buy a film you can save it to your library on your account or download it to your computer (this option is only available for PC users unfortunately). Having to save it on my online account, as I am a Mac user, is not a problem for me, as the films are still mine to keep forever.
I first came across blinkbox when I spotted a voucher on studentbeans.com, so I decided to check it out and see what I could get for my £5 voucher. I chose to buy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as I had not seen it before, and after all it was free!
I had to register with the site before I could use my voucher but this process was simple and quick.
The prices vary depending on how old the films are, I think the newer films are quite expensive for Mac users as I would rather pay for the physical DVD for a similar price, however you can get great prices on some good oldies. For example, new release, Avatar is currently available for £8.99 yet you can get the DVD in most supermarkets for that price at the moment too. The price for renting is cheaper than Blockbuster and the like, the newest films being only £2.99 with older ones going for 99p, I have never done this before, but think that it is a good idea as you can rent movies without having to leave the house.
There are also full seasons of TV series available and some less known films and TV are available for free.
The best thing about blinkbox (in my opinion) is there are always voucher codes flying around so you can always get bargain films, or even free! Simply Google blinkbox voucher codes or something similar.
Obviously the downside for most people will be the fact that they have to watch the films on a computer screen (unless you have the technology to stream to your tv, but I'm not that up on the latest technology!)As a student, I don't mind having to watch on my laptop, as I can watch films in my room whenever I like.
I don't know how reliable they are but currently I have seen these vouchers (APRIL 2010)
- MVC6MOVIE movie up to value of £6 exp 01/05
- DSBLINKBOX £5 off all movies exp 01/05
QUICK grab them tonight! :)