Saturday, December 22, 2007

New feature in Zune 2.3 firmware

Despite Zuneinsider saying that there weren't any new features in the 2.3 version of the firmware, I just found one. The firmware update is supposed to help with battery life, and it has. But there is one feature that isn't being talked about. When playing a podcast, if you hit the center button, you are presented with the description of the podcast. On that screen, there is an option to unsubscribe now. That wasn't there before. Now, if they could add a "Mark as played" option to that screen, as I suggested in a previous post, I'll be happy.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Blockbuster Online is raising their rates, again...

I've been with Blockbuster Online for a few years now. I'm on the 3 at a time unlimited rentals with 2 movie/game coupons a month for in-store rentals. It started out being a nice deal. $14.99 a month. Then about a year ago, they raised it to $17.99 and for new accounts they made the coupons for movies only. They left accounts like mine alone (except for the price), so I can still get in-store rentals of movies or games with the coupons.

Well, I just received an email that they are raising the rates again. For the same plan, it will now be $19.99. I like the service, but I don't like it that much! I didn't like it when they raised it to $17.99. And that was barely worth it. Now that it will be going up to $19.99, it's not worth it at all. I just don't rent enough DVDs from them.

December 27th is when the website will be updated with the new pricing structure. At that point, I will have to decide to either go to a cheaper plan, or just cancel the account all together. I can get DVDs for free from my local library. I might as well take advantage of that. But Blockbsuter is more convenient.

Of course, another possibility is Netflix. They are actually cheaper than Blockbuster, at least for now anyway. I may give them a try. They just don't have the ability to provide free in-store rentals like Blockbuster can. But if I can get the same plan for less than what I'm paying now, it will be a trade off I can live with.

Look for an update on December 28th to see which direction I go.