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    Blockbuster is closing the doors

    On Wednesday, DISH Network, which purchased Blockbuster in 2011, announced it was closing the chain's 300 remaining U.S.-based retail stores, as well as its distribution centers.
    "Consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," said DISH president and CEO Joseph P. Clayton in the press release about the closures. His statement echoes many from recent years about the migration of entertainment from physical objects -- CDs, DVDs, books, games -- to bits, bytes and pixels available on various screens and portable devices.
    Your late fees are waived: Blockbuster closes - CNN.com

    In the article there is a link to a 2008 Onion clip which makes fun of how people used to rent movies.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Good riddance. They sucked.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    This is sad to me. I mean, sad in an "all the brick and mortar video stores are gone, now" way. Not sad in a "You bastards made fun of Movie Gallery when we closed, so karma is a bitch" kind of way.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Quote Originally Posted by Green Balls View Post
    Your late fees are waived: Blockbuster closes - CNN.com

    In the article there is a link to a 2008 Onion clip which makes fun of how people used to rent movies.
    Can't say I'm sorry to hear this because of the way they used to rape people for late fees. Insane.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    No question that Netflix is a far, far better way to rent movies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    No question that Netflix is a far, far better way to rent movies.
    Well it's easier, but easier doesn't always mean better. I was talking to my husband about this last night, and we were talking about how so many things are becoming obsolete that were a part of growing up. Bookstores? Video stores? Record/CD stores? Lots of things are no longer needed, but that doesn't mean they aren't missed.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    We had one real close to the house when the kids were growing up. We often went over in the winter and got movies to watch. Pretty nice times.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    Quote Originally Posted by fmw View Post
    No question that Netflix is a far, far better way to rent movies.
    Correction: the combination of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and other pay-for-view websites are a far better way, as the selection of each alone is kind of terrible.

    Anyway, it was never possible for video rental stores (even just that name alone is so anachronistic) could possibly compete with instant streaming (and torrents).

    I will, however, miss those independent rental stores that made a point of stocking everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    We had one real close to the house when the kids were growing up. We often went over in the winter and got movies to watch. Pretty nice times.
    Yup. I loved being able to just go to the store and browse. It's not the same now. Plus I like to watch a lot of obscure movies, foreign horror films and such, and they are hard to find now.
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    Re: Blockbuster is closing the doors

    I'm old enough to remember a time before Blockbuster when the independent movie rental stores popped up, before the VHS/Beta war had been won, and it cost $69 annually to "join the club" and about $10 a pop to rent a movie. When Blockbuster came along, all those independents withered away because Blockbuster was new and "cheap". Technological advancements are incrementally faster and faster these days and I'm increasingly more technologically illiterate with each passing day. I'm of the generation that didn't have technology at every step of the education process, so I didn't grow up with it as second nature. But soon, all us old farts will be gone and technology will rule all your lives. I'm going to hold on to my independent sanity for as long as I can and I'll lament the end of the video rental store.
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