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Remember Blockbuster? The once popular video and game rental chain got pushed to the brink of relevancy as the likes of Netflix, Hulu, iTunes and Amazon took over.

But if you’re stuck in the old age and still rent movies on discs, Blockbuster’s re-written iOS app could come in handy for managing your physical rentals on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices.

Some of the welcome features include the ability to scan your membership card for in-store checkout and check movie availability on a per-store basis. And for those of us that have long moved on, Blockbuster earlier this month released a brand new On Demand iOS streaming app…

The new Blockbuster 2.0 lets you also watch movie trailers in-app, but that’s about it in terms of digital media.

Other features include managing your Blockbuster By Mail queue, browsing the Blockbuster catalogue of more than 100,000 titles and – of course – renting discs and have them delivered to your doorstep.

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Finding store locations and checking store availability comes especially in handy before taking a drive to a Blockbuster only to find out that the move isn’t available.

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You can scan and store your member card for use at checkout at a Blockbuster store.

If you’re retro about movie rentals, feel free to grab the Blockbuster 2.0 app from the App Store.

The Android edition was released earlier this year and has been downloaded a paltry 50,000 times. Blockbuster says it’s going to update the iOS software with additional features “in the coming months.”

To be honest, I couldn’t care less – all of my media consumption has been strictly digital for past couple of years and I have no desire to get my entertainment on physical media ever again.

  • iphone4sgamer

    Netflix > Blockbuster

    • In the UK Lovefilm (which like Netflix is also owned by Amazon) offers for a small fee unlimited streaming plus two DVDs (or games if paying extra) with no late fees. Which probably works out way cheaper than Blockbuster. They need to either develop streaming services alongside their rentals otherwise they’re a goner as far as I’m concerned…

      You only need to look at the South Park episode about Blockbuster to see the extent of the damage streaming services have done to them…

    • redbox > netflix >>>>>blockbuster

  • Edward Pacheco

    I’m still using physical media but I prefer RedBox. I did the switch when all blockbuster store around me disappeared. I refuse to pay $4.99 to stream a movie online when I can rent a Blu-ray for $1.50 for 24 hours at a RedBox kiosk.

    • and for free if you give them your cell number – they text you a free code once a month (no spam either).

  • Boss

    They only like 5 years too late -_-