Comments on news posted 2013-11-06 16:22:53: In 2010 Dish shelled out $320 million for the Blockbuster brand and after significant hype, launched a "new" Blockbuster streaming service that consumers complained was little more than Blockbuster's existing, underwhelming services with a coat of Di.. ..
I found an old Blockbuster card and wondered if there were any real stores left. I guess this answers the question. -- I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
the change to streaming digital media and using home media servers for video, audio, and other data has been more than a decade in the making. those companies who don't adapt to the change will be run out of business.
That's best case scenario. Worse case scenario is that DRM gets more effective and people can no longer have non-drm files, which means they can not easily share them via a server in their homes. As a result they have to rely on online streaming services. Because online streaming services are threatening traditional cable and traditional cable companies also have a monopoly on internet they continue to cap internet usage and charge outrageous fees for larger tiers of consumption. Being that video consumes the most bandwidth people give up and stick with traditional methods.
Yes they were expensive but I have a lot of memories from going to Blockbuster. Once upon a time they had a deal where for $25 you could rent as many DVDs a month (2 at a time) as you could possibly want and I took full advantage. Alas they were too slow in responding to Netflix. With a little foresight they could have become Netflix or provided it with serious competition. -- Unicorns Show ponies Where's the beef?
I remember back in the day they were the bigboys in movie rental. I guess the convenience of Netflix by mail and cheaper selfserve kiosks from RedBox, and now streaming trumped them. I forgot Dish bought them out.
They simply could not adapt to the times well enough.. I did consider checking out their service back when Netflix had their little aneurysm when they tried to rebrand. I wasn't impressed, so I stayed with Netflix. Oh well.. :|
I had both a store membership and blockbuster by mail and cancelled both a while ago. The stores kept closing down and it took a ridiculous amount of time to get new dvd's in the mail. -- Add a signature here
Sounds good in theory, and I used to really love Netflix, but the amount of stuff that I've watched in the past (mostly Funimation content) that is just no longer available on Netflix in 2013 is astonishing. I can't believe they just take stuff away like that. If I was a new subscriber now, I probably wouldn't stay due to the really low selection on watch-instantly. I can't imagine all the great things I would have never seen had I not managed to watch them a few years ago when they were actually available. Most of the things now that I really liked are not on streaming anymore, and Netflix doesn't have any discs either. All you can do is put it in your "saved" queue.
Stuff like this really makes me question if streaming can really be the way with our current copyright and licensing schemes.
Redbox put them out of business and gives anyone a blank check to park in fire lanes or handicapped spaces (without the state issued plates/placards) to get their DVD rentals.
I'm not a fan of DVD rentals, I'd rather use Video On Demand.
Too bad Blockbuster didn't patent the DVD kiosk Idea before Redbox.
I've seen where the TV show Cops will do stunts for the camera like dress a cop up as a clown for an undercover sting. I'd love to see an episode of Cops where the cops hide in an unmarked cruiser with a waiting tow truck in the back of the store and impound vehicles parking in fire lanes or handicapped spaces (without the plates/placards) to use the Redbox. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
So they buy out rental vids provider, some rentals going for as much as a week for a low price. And in exchange we have PPV videos that last 24 hours. Some deal. I think this was more about reducing consumer choices than anything else. That's how big business works. Buy out a successful competitor, change the way it operates to mess it up, then claim a tax break when they shutter it. SOP.
I hope those sorry Blcokbuster execs are broke. They did have a good gig to offer wayy back, but if I was "late" returning my rented DVD by only a (seriously) minute, I was fair game for their fu%@ing late-fee. They NEVER gave me one break, NEVER!!! Those greedy vulchers.