When comparing Netflix vs BlinkBox, the Slant community recommends Netflix for most people. In the question“What are the best video streaming services in the UK?” Netflix is ranked 1st while BlinkBox is ranked 4th. The most important reason people chose Netflix is:
As soon as Netflix started creating their own original content, that content started winning awards up to and including Emmys. House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and more are contributing to an exclusive line-up that is arguably of a higher than average quality than can currently be found on network television.
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Pro Excellent exclusive content
As soon as Netflix started creating their own original content, that content started winning awards up to and including Emmys.
House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and more are contributing to an exclusive line-up that is arguably of a higher than average quality than can currently be found on network television.
Pro Subtitles are available for almost all their content
Pro Great pricing
No commercials and all you can watch for $7.99/month in the US.
Pro Available worldwide now (but with differences in content according to region)
Pro Easy navigation
When watching a series, the next episode auto-starts after one ends. You can navigate back and forth through episodes and seasons without having to exit to the show page.
Pro Early Release Content
Unlike many of the subscription services, Blinkbox offers the very latest movies as they come out on Blu-ray of DVD. And thanks to the Digital HD initiative from Fox Home Entertainment and other studios, you will often find blockbuster content that hasn't even been released on disc yet.
Pro UltraViolet Locker Service
BlinkBox registers your purchased movies with UltraViolet, ensuring your digital content isn't locked in to the service from which you purchase it (i.e. protecting you from potential future issues with that service).
Pro Rent or Buy options
Start playing within 30 days. Finish watching in 48 hours on up to 2 devices.
Watch on up to 5 devices.
Pro No Subscription
No subscription, simply pay for what you want to watch, when you want to watch it.
Pro Loyalty Scheme: Tesco Clubcard
Tesco Clubcard members get one Clubcard point for every £1 spent on Blinkbox. And because you can also add credit on to your account rather than pay via card for each transaction, it's a good way to budget your entertainment consumption.
Pro Price: Variable By Feature, Definition and Rent vs Purchase.
A new film, including those that are released before they even make it on to disc formats, cost £3.49 to rent on SD, £4.49 for HD. To buy a new film, expect to pay from £9.99 for SD, £13.99 for HD. Bought films stay on your account "forever", many of which being available in your UltraViolet locker too. Rented films or shows must be watched within 30 days of rental, you then have 48 hours to finish watching them once started.
Older catalogue films cost £2.49 to rent the SD version, £3.49 for the HD. To buy them it will cost £6.99 and £9.99 respectively.
TV shows cost from £1.89 per episode for standard definition, £2.49 for HD. Box sets are also available to buy outright. You cannot rent TV shows.
There are also some special offers and sales on content.
Con Removing movies and shows after a period
Con Limited Functionality in Profiles
Con Limited browser support
Works well with the major browsers but as soon as you head off with a fork or non-standard browser thing get iffy, if they work at all.
Con Non-Netflix shows are delayed a season
If the show you're watching isn't a Netflix original, then you'll probably have to wait for the next season to begin before the last season becomes available. E.g., Season 2 will be available on Netflix when Season 3 starts.