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    Blockbuster exiting US retail market, closing its last 300 stores

    The writing is finally on the wall for Blockbuster: the video rental chain, ubiquitous for years across the US, is finally closing its last 300 retail stores across the country. With that, the company has effectively exited the US retail market — in addition to closing its stores, the company's Netflix-style disc-by-mail service will also be shuttered. "This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," said Dish CEO Joseph Clayton in a press release. The online streaming rental service Blockbuster Now will live on, and Dish will retail licensing rights to the Blockbuster brand. Both the retail stores and Blockbuster's disc-by-mail service will be shut down by early January 2014.



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    I am kind of surprised that they lasted this long. It has been years since I went into a video store. I tried their video kiosks when they first came out, but they had lots of software programs. I was charged for movies I didn't rent and when I returned a movie it didn't always update the records correctly. While I am sorry that more people will lose their jobs, it was really time for them to go.
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    Yeah, we had one Blockbuster store here and it closed two years ago, now it's a fitness studio lol A better way to pas the time than watching DVDs, at least

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    Yes, I hate to see them go, but...times are a changing.

    Blockbuster was a really good company, that delivered a service.

    Heck, I remember the FIRST "Rental Video" store we used to frequent. A man and his wife opened it, and, at the time, it was THE COOLEST CONCEPT EVER!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rorschach View Post
    Yes, I hate to see them go, but...times are a changing.

    Blockbuster was a really good company, that delivered a service.

    Heck, I remember the FIRST "Rental Video" store we used to frequent. A man and his wife opened it, and, at the time, it was THE COOLEST CONCEPT EVER!
    The internet is killing all the video stores, same as it killed music record stores with the introduction of the MP3 file. You can now download almost any move or even watch it online, for free. No more need to buy or rent DVDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    The internet is killing all the video stores, same as it killed music record stores with the introduction of the MP3 file. You can now download almost any move or even watch it online, for free. No more need to buy or rent DVDs.
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    Renting a movie was a great concept in 1985, when the first Blockbuster store opened (in Dallas, Texas) but as previous posters have indicated, technology has evolved and renting a movie (in a brick-and-mortar store) is no longer a viable business concept. Just as other products and businesses have been eclipsed by advancing technology e.g. typewriters, film developing, automobile carburetors, etc. With the exit of Blockbuster, the movie rental business that served many people quite well during it's time, has, inevitably, reached the end of it's 'life'.

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    I haven't been to a video store to rent a movie in ages. about the only times I've been to one of those places in the past decade was to rent a video game to try it to see if I wanted to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    The internet is killing all the video stores, same as it killed music record stores with the introduction of the MP3 file. You can now download almost any move or even watch it online, for free. No more need to buy or rent DVDs.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Scott View Post
    Renting a movie was a great concept in 1985, when the first Blockbuster store opened (in Dallas, Texas) but as previous posters have indicated, technology has evolved and renting a movie (in a brick-and-mortar store) is no longer a viable business concept. Just as other products and businesses have been eclipsed by advancing technology e.g. typewriters, film developing, automobile carburetors, etc. With the exit of Blockbuster, the movie rental business that served many people quite well during it's time, has, inevitably, reached the end of it's 'life'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscarb63 View Post
    I haven't been to a video store to rent a movie in ages. about the only times I've been to one of those places in the past decade was to rent a video game to try it to see if I wanted to buy it.
    I've been watching movies for free, for years. Most movie are only worth 5 cents to watch. As I use them, just to put me to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    The internet is killing all the video stores, same as it killed music record stores with the introduction of the MP3 file. You can now download almost any move or even watch it online, for free. No more need to buy or rent DVDs.
    Even without that, you have Redbox which is much more convenient than a video rental store. And buying dvds doesn't cost nearly as much as it used to.
    It happens. Technology advances and some businesses are just rendered obsolete. I can't even think of a place I'd go to get a roll of film developed.

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    What a shame. I miss going in Blockbuster and looking at all the games and movies; it was fun. It made going to the grocery store fun when I was a kid, because Blockbuster was right next door and we'd hit it after grocery shopping.

    It's one more instance of technology taking away human interaction. There were employees in there who I'd chat with, we'd talk about games and stuff and they'd suggest titles to check out. Even if you're just going through the line and do a quick business transaction, it's still a small amount of interaction with another person.

    Something tangible is getting lost with all of this online technology.

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