We've rubbed our eyes four or five times now, but the factual heat remains: Blockbuster
-- of all companies -- has decided to dive headfirst into the movie set-top-box arena. We wanted to believe the rumors
, but sure enough, it has joined VUDU
, Apple TV
and the Xbox 360
in the highly competitive market place for your digital download dollars. For a "limited time," the outfit will offer the 2Wire-built MediaPoint player for free with the "advance rental of 25 first-run movies, TV shows, foreign or classic films from Blockbuster On-Demand (previously Movielink) for $99." After that, rentals are $1.99 to $3.99 apiece, and a Blockbuster subscription is not
required. The unit itself measures 8- x 8- x 1-inch and includes two USB ports, an SD slot, Ethernet / WiFi and an HDMI port, and it should be available at the company's website and in select retail stores very soon. So, are you interested in the à la carte approach?