Last Friday saw the release of an app from Blockbuster make its way to the Market. By Saturday, it was no where to be found. We has some high hopes for the app. It promised to deliver streaming movies direct to your phone and the ability to start watching a movie on your TV and then resume on your phone. It would seem that the app got two thumbs down in the end though.
As I read through some of the comments on the Market about the app, it appeared to be doomed for failure. Most users complained of numerous Force Close issues and declared the app to be completely unusable. Despite this, I downloaded the app, though admittedly with metered expectations.
Unfortunately, the comments were right.
As it turns out, Blockbuster never mean to release their app to the public at large. According to an article at Android Central,
The app wasn't supposed to be made available for all devices just yet. The application gets optimized for each device by working with the OEM's and carriers, and we were assured that Blockbuster is in the process of getting the application optimized for other devices.
The release of the app to the market was essentially a big gaff on the part of Blockbuster. So if you're looking for a way to stream movie content to your phone, it looks like you're going to be stuck with mSpot's service, which hasn't exactly lived up to user's expectations either, or, like me, impatiently wait for the Netflix app which looks to be on the horizon.