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Friday, April 8, 2011

The Death of Blockbuster

Let me preface this by saying, I haven't posted anything in a while, I know, been busy, but I hope to get back to my twice a week postings, soon!
  
      We've been discussing a lot of things dying haven't we? Death of newspaper, movie characters, and now we wait by the hospital bed of another dear friend. The idea of hoping into your car on a friday night with your girlfriend, and a few buddies, and driving out to a video store, browsing through walls of dusty and faded VHS, and  slick and hallow DVD cases is now a feeling that most don't really experience.

     The last time I was in a video rental store? Years. I'd often go with my parents all the while looking up and down the aisles, even trying to catch a glimpse into the forbidden 18+ section. I'd usually find myself wandering into the section where they kept the video games, looking through the big bin of Super Nintendo games. On the way home I'd eagerly hold the new treasure waiting to make popcorn and load it into the 'ol VCR. I miss that nice feeling of sliding a thick cassette into the waiting mouth of the VCR. Accepted easily, you hear that audible click and hum of the heads turning to mean the black tape. Anyway, the blockbuster near my house is going under and its old rival "Palmer Video" has long been finished. (though incidently, a small Palmer Video still exists in my area..how long do you have my friend??)
      Things like Ondemand, and Netflix have been the knife in the guts of video rental stores, and not to say that I don't like these options.. Hell, I have and use OnDemand. (though I despise Comcast) Blockbuster made its last stand last year by offering streaming movies through the HTC phone. Too little, too late?

13 comments:

  1. Blockbuster's total domination of the video rental store was also the cause of it's demise. It's true that people speak with their wallets, and the rise of alternatives to rental stores such as Redbox and Netflix ultimately buried them.

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  2. I haven't even stepped foot in one for years. Nostalgic to say the least.

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  3. I miss VHS tapes. They had so much . . . substance. Too bad about Blockbuster. There's one near my old house.

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  4. Ah, nostalgia. I hadn't thought about going in to rental place in years. You described it perfectly

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  5. i used to work at a blockbuster. it kinda makes me sad that they're not going to be there anymore.

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  6. I haven't been to blockbuster in years. That being said, i don't really miss it.

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  7. netflix is way better! Though BlockBuster has a better selection.

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  8. only reason i go into blockbuster is to get subway haha

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  9. Hahahaha I so do NOT miss renting videos or video games. Digital purchasing and digital download of both games and movies is an awesome experience. Late fees, broken disks, and lines are nothing I care to miss, honestly.

    http://www.bananaconda.net/

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  10. I have loved Blockbuster since I was a little kid and just recently they made a move to remain a competitive entity in a world of entertainment piracy and scary red boxes that eat your debit cards. I’ve loved cinema from a very young age which is why it’s no surprise that I now work for DISH Network. The acquisition of Blockbuster has allowed great new prices for Blockbuster to offer; they also have a deal that will be available for a short time to try out their newest services free for 3 months. http://goo.gl/wuMrN

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