Blinkbox Review

Blinkbox has been around since 2007 and has recently been purchased by supermarket giants Tesco who wish to use Blinkbox to boost their media offerings. Working on a pay per film rather than a monthly subscription, is Blinkbox up to scratch?

What's on?

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.

BlinkboxSo, 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.

How much does it cost?

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.

Best bits

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.

Worst bits

Absolutely no HD or surround sound is poor and other services can provide much better in this department.

 

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Additional Info

Special offer: Free £5 credit with £1 deposit
Titles: Over 10,000
Type: Pay per film
Fee for new releases: £3.49
Price: Per film: £0.99 - £3.49
Compatible Devices: Games console - XBox 360Games console - PS3Computers & laptops - PCComputers & laptops - MacTablets - iPadTablets - AndroidBlu-ray DVD - LGTelevisions - LGTelevisions - PanasonicTelevisions - SamsungTelevisions - PhilipsTelevisions - ToshibaSet top boxes - PhilipsSet top boxes - LGSet top boxes - Technika

2 comments

  • Comment Link Kristie Friday, 27 September 2013 08:15 posted by Kristie

    Blinkbox would be my preferred choice if it wasn't for the fact that they were owned by horrible, world dominating tesco,s.

  • Comment Link Chris Monday, 24 June 2013 13:34 posted by Chris

    I just signed up to BlinkBox to watch a particular film that Sky Box Office were trying to sell for £4.49 vs the £3.49 that Blinkbox were selling it for. And I had remembered about the promotion of getting a £5 credit when you sign-up and deposit a £1 into your account.

    So I got to watch the film I wanted effectively for free.

    I must say that until I read this site I had assumed the quality must have been HD as the quality (and sound) was very good. I watched this on my samsung internet TV. There was no buffering at all and the film remains watchable in you library for 48 hours

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