Blockbuster On Demand for iOS arrives; Instagram adds friend tagging

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
The App Store saw two long-awaited moves on Thursday when beleaguered movie rental company Blockbuster finally released an iOS app for streaming on demand videos, and photo sharing app Instagram beefed up its own offering with support for photo tagging

Blockbuster On Demand

Blockbuster On Demand


Dish Network released Blockbuster On Demand for iOS, an Apple device-ready version of the app that has been available on Android, PC, Mac, TVs and set-top boxes since January.

After filing for bankruptcy in 2010 and being acquired by Dish in 2011, Blockbuster launched a streaming on demand service in 2012, but until today had not offered an app for Apple's iOS device lineup.

Working in much the same way as the company's services on other platforms, Blockbuster On Demand streams "thousands" of movies in HD and full surround sound to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Users can watch selections instantly, or save them to a Watchlist for later viewing. There is also an option to filter movies based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings

Unlike competitors like Netflix, which require monthly subscriptions, Blockbuster's service is based on a per-view model pricing model with no late fees.

Blockbuster On Demand is free to download, with movie rental prices pegged at $2.99 and $4.99.

Instagram

Blockbuster On Demand


Massively popular photo sharing app Instagram received an update adding photo tagging, and the requisite privacy options that come with it, to bring the iOS app up to version 3.5.

Called "Photos of You," the new features allows users to tag people with their Instagram handles in a snapped photo. Previously, a mention written as part of the image's caption was the main way "tagging" was done in-app.

Users can see the photos in which they are tagged by navigating to the Photos of You drop down in the app's profile tab. According to Instagram, tagged images will start appearing in profiles by default on May 16, though an option to hide the photos is available. Users can also delete a photo tagged photo from their profile by manually untagging themselves or reporting the image as inappropriate.

Along with the introduction of photo tagging, Instagram now allows access to privacy settings through the Profile screen under Edit Your Profile.

Finally, a new "Report a Problem" features has been added for user feedback and bug reporting.

Instagram comes in at 12.7MB and can be downloaded for free from the App Store.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,359member
    The monthly cost of Netflix for the content available is astounding ... But then I am talking TV shows mainly. If Blockbuster had very new film releases and was on Apple TV I might use it.
  • Reply 2 of 12
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,293member


    Seeing as DISH Network owns Blockbuster and may soon own US Sprint/Clearwire then I won't be surprised if they are working hard with Apple to partner against NetFlix.

  • Reply 3 of 12
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member


    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

    The monthly cost of Netflix for the content available is astounding...


     


    Astounding good or bad? Netflix generally has older stuff, right? While Hulu gets new things, but it has ads?

  • Reply 4 of 12
    elmoofoelmoofo Posts: 100member
    Blockwhat?!
  • Reply 5 of 12
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by elmoofo View Post



    Blockwhat?!


     


    Block-busted.


     


    As in broken, or beyond repair.


     


    ;)

  • Reply 6 of 12
    evilutionevilution Posts: 1,365member


    You can't be that bothered to succeed if you ignore iOS users for 5 months.


    I'm pretty sure Apple users are more likely to rent and stream movies what with our access to iTunes (that works as opposed to the PC version which is as good as the platform it is on) and Apple TV.

  • Reply 7 of 12
    starbird73starbird73 Posts: 538member
    The monthly cost of Netflix for the content available is astounding ... But then I am talking TV shows mainly. If Blockbuster had very new film releases and was on Apple TV I might use it.

    I see this rental as no difference from iTunes rentals. Prices are generally the same.
    Astounding good or bad? Netflix generally has older stuff, right? While Hulu gets new things, but it has ads?

    I think it is a great value. As far as TV shows, Netflix usually gets them season at a time, around the time the season is available on DVD. They also have shows that you will never see on Hulu. And some shows (some Disney Channel ones) Netflix actually gets new episodes shortly after they first air.
  • Reply 8 of 12
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 19,307member
    evilution wrote: »
    You can't be that bothered to succeed if you ignore iOS users for 5 months.
    I'm pretty sure Apple users are more likely to rent and stream movies what with our access to iTunes (that works as opposed to the PC version which is as good as the platform it is on) and Apple TV.

    Couldn't agree more. DOA.
  • Reply 9 of 12
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,359member
    Astounding good or bad? Netflix generally has older stuff, right? While Hulu gets new things, but it has ads?

    Oh, I mean good. My wife and I have enjoyed watching TV series we never saw and believe me not being huge TV watchers in the first place there are tons of them. We love being able to watch one each evening and wade through several years of episodes in a few months. We didn't know who Sydney Bristow was till we got Netflix. :) Being new to TV is irrelevant to us, it only matters if it is HD and new to us and entertaining. For movies we just use iTunes or Blu-ray. I hate Hulu with ads. The whole point of Netflix for me is free of ads, oh and no news! I like no news a whole lot too. I get my news from the BBC mostly on my Mac, I can't take the US polarized news media.
  • Reply 10 of 12
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,359member
    starbird73 wrote: »
    I see this rental as no difference from iTunes rentals. Prices are generally the same.
    I think it is a great value. As far as TV shows, Netflix usually gets them season at a time, around the time the season is available on DVD. They also have shows that you will never see on Hulu. And some shows (some Disney Channel ones) Netflix actually gets new episodes shortly after they first air.

    Yep, I'd stick with iTunes for movies now I think about it unless there was a big price difference.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    alandailalandail Posts: 689member


    competition is good.  When I want to rent something, first I look at Netflix and amazon prime to see if I can stream it at no cost, then I look at vudo, Sony entertainment network, and itunes to see if one is cheaper than the other.  If it supports airplay (or an appleTV version is released), I can add that to the list.


     


    The crazy thing is if I want to buy something, often times the bluray/DVD/ultraviolet combo pack is cheaper than buying a digital copy on iTunes or Vudo.  Perhaps a bit more competition for buying digital copies will also help the pricing there.

  • Reply 12 of 12
    starbird73starbird73 Posts: 538member
    alandail wrote: »
    The crazy thing is if I want to buy something, often times the bluray/DVD/ultraviolet combo pack is cheaper than buying a digital copy on iTunes or Vudo.  Perhaps a bit more competition for buying digital copies will also help the pricing there.

    I wish that the 'Digital Copy' they included matched the disc format you bought. Buy the DVD? SD digital copy. Buy the BD? HD digital copy. If this was the case, I would consider buying discs again. As it is now, I refuse to download an SD version of a movie in iTunes, and refuse to buy physical discs because they only give you SD dc.

    And the combo packs? Is it gaming the sales counts? Does it count as a BD unit moved, and SD and a DC? So three for one?

    Content providers need to drop the price of iTunes copies. Even 25%

    ESPECIALLY TV Seasons
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