Dish Network Launches Competitor to Netflix
Consumers of online video-streaming will have yet another option on October 1. Dish Network Corp. announced on Friday that they are going to be offering their own video-streaming service called Blockbuster Movie Pass.
Dish Network acquired Blockbuster six months ago after Blockbuster declared bankruptcy after failing to keep up with Netflix. Blockbuster Movie Pass offers Dish customers, in addition to their regular service, a $10 per month streaming plan that offers about the same amount of movies and DVDs as Netflix. As an added bonus, subscribers to the service will be able to return DVDs to brick-and-mortar Blockbuster stores around the country.
This move by Dish Network makes them a major competitor of Netflix, the market leader in online video-streaming and DVD rental. Blockbuster Movie Pass claims that their service is more convenient due to their consumers having only "one bill and one service." Many Netflix consumers, on the other hand, have been unhappy due to the division of the company's service into two separate companies earlier this month.