Of all the main providers, Blinkbox has by far the biggest library of films with well over 10,000 titles available. They also seems to get many titles in advance of their rivals which might very well be because Blinkbox is a pay per film rental service that the big studios might feel more comfortable having their films available on rather than a bargain basement monthly fee outfit.
So, there's a great selection of movies both old and new but what about TV? Well there's a vast range of TV shows to choose from including titles such as Doctor Who and Top Gear. There's also a surprisingly large amount of title from the US.
The disapointment comes when you realise no titles at Blinkbox are availble in HD or with surround sound. It's just standard definition and stereo sound here so if you want to watch on your massive home cinema system then you can find much better options out there.
What can I watch it on?
Blinkbox doesn't have the largest range of compatible devices compared to its rivals but it is still fairly impressive. As well as the standard PC and Mac compatibility Blinkbox also has an iPad app for those on the move. Impressively Blinkbox has apps built in to several smart TVs so some customers wont even neeed to buy any new equipment. Of the set top boxes Blinkbox can be found on the Technika, which is hardly surprising seeing as Technika is a Tesco owned brand, plus the LG. Game console users will need to own either an XBox 360 or Playstation 3, there's no support for the Nintendo Wii at this time.
What's it like to use?
The interface is very clean and uncluttered, but, it is let down by a fairly poor search facility which often fails to bring back results when you have entered words in an incorrect order. The player works well with very little buffering but of course you won't be able to boost the picture up to HD quality so will probably look best on a smaller screen.
The payment method is what really sets Blinkbox apart from its rivals and could be crucial in your own decision. Blinkbox has a pay per film pricing model where you can pay from between 99p and £3.49 per film. Newer releases tend to be around the £3.49 but the wonderful news is that every Monday all films are priced at just 99p! Blinkbox is clearly perfect if you are only an occasional film watcher and if a monthly fee would be wasted. It is also nearly perfect if you're keen to watch all the latest releases.
Lots of new releases, films for only 99p on a Monday and a pay per film basis makes Blinkbox great value for money for occasional watchers.
Absolutely no HD or surround sound is poor and other services can provide much better in this department.