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Blockbuster online

J-- and I signed up for the trial of Blockbuster online, basically a NetFlix knockoff for about $3 cheaper (for now). A friend of mine in Grand Rapids had NetFlix and raved about it. The office was buzzing about Napolean Dynamite, so we figured what better time to get a couple free movies on trial then now. We queued up our first movies on Monday; they were in our mailbox on Wednesday. Not bad. We'll see if it keeps up.

Now that we actually have an online movie service, I wonder about how we'll use it. We are the classic want-to-watch-something-good people, but we're also the too-lazy-to-go-to-the-video-store people as well. And Blockbuster or Hollywood Video are literally 5 minutes away. (Yes, it's sad.)

But now, with the movies immediately available and automatically rotated, I have the feeling that popping in a movie isn't that big of a deal. We've watched two of the three we have out already and would have mailed the two back if the damn weather wasn't godawful. (Update, 7 inches in the AA area).

I actually have high hopes for this... not that renting movies is going to be a life-changing moment, but it will deliver some different options once in a while. Or, at the very least, it'll put decent pictures on that HDTV.


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