Blockbuster vs Netflix: Blockbuster To Add Games By Mail

It seems Blockbuster will include games to their online rental service. This will compete with Gamefly and that is music to my ears. My personal experience with Gamefly has been horrible.

I have been a customer of both Blockbuster Online and Netflix. How will Netflix fight this new war? Check out Blockbuster’s FAQ:

Q: What is Games by Mail?
A: Games by Mail is a new exciting offer from Blockbuster Online that allows you to rent the hottest and all-time classic video games through the mail with as an additional option to your current online subscription!
Q: What type of games will be available?
A: You can rent the hottest Wii, PS2, PS3 and Xbox360 games through your current online rental queue.
Q: How much is the additional cost?
A: Only pay when you play. You can rent unlimited games (one (1) out at-a-time) during your monthly billing period for an additional $7.99 plus tax. (If a game is not shipped to you during your billing period, you don’t get charged!) If you are on a capped, limited mail only plan, you may only rent as many games (one (1) out at-a-time) as allowed under your plan.
Q: Will game rentals count against my plan limits?
A: Yes, online game rentals will count toward the number of rentals you are allowed out at one time under your Online subscription plan. For example, on a 3-out plan, we may ship you 2 movies and 1 game. We will not ship a third movie until either one of the movies or the game is returned.
Q: How many games can I rent per month?
A: You may rent unlimited games each billing month if you are on a plan that allows unlimited rentals through the mail.
  • You can only have one (1) game out at a time
  • The game will count toward the number of rentals you are allowed out under your Online subscription plan
  • If you are on a capped, limited mail only plan (1-out, 2 max per billing month), the game will count toward the number of maximum rentals
Q: Can I exchange my online game rentals in the store for games and movies?
A: BLOCKBUSTER Online subscribers may exchange online game rentals for the following at participating stores:
BLOCKBUSTER Total Access customers may exchange online game rentals for free in-store DVD or Blu-ray rentals (up to plan limits) or $4.99 discounted in-store game rentals (Note: discounted game rentals are subject to in-store rental terms and conditions). For purposes of in-store exchanges under your plan, online game rentals are treated the same as online movie rentals

BLOCKBUSTER By Mail customers may exchange online games rentals for $1.99 discounted in-store DVD or Blu-ray rentals for $4.99 discounted in-store game rentals. For purposes of in-store exchanges under your plan, online game rentals are subject to in-store rental terms and conditions, just like your online movie rental in-store exchanges.
Regardless of which plan you are on, online game rentals cannot be exchanged for free in-store game rentals
Note: Currently, we are only testing this offer in the Cleveland, OH area with plans to expand this nationwide before the end of the year.

You can read all the legal stuff here.

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