Blockbuster stores to become just a memory


Dish Network (DISH -0.5%) says it will close all 300 Blockbuster stores it acquired out of bankruptcy in 2011.

The Blockbuster brand will live on through VOD and streaming services, but the DVD-by-mail business will cease to exist.

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  • wigit5
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    sad... I used to get those!
    6 Nov 2013, 01:34 PM Reply Like
  • James Sands
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    What is sad is the fact that the business model didn't evolve to compete.

     

    The same fate will await certain media companies, properties, and distributors too.

     

    VOD via TV and "TV everywhere" are not going stand the test of time either.
    6 Nov 2013, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    Sad indeed. I don't feel overly confident on "TV everywhere" either.

     

    I just got overwhelmed by all the amazing TV options and their even more amazingly high prices. Thus I learned to turn off, tune out, and drop in to real life. Don't miss TV in the slightest.
    6 Nov 2013, 03:39 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    I am surprised it took so long actually. I cannot recall the last time I rented a physical DVD. With high speed internet much more common now, I can get 95% of what I need just from that. I cancelled my DirecTV sub a few months ago - with so many streaming and on-demand sources now available, I am not even sure that DVD players will be around much longer.
    6 Nov 2013, 01:50 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    I can't cut the cord just yet but I hope too in the next 5 years. I think you are right mostly, DVD's will give way to just owning digital copies which you put on the cloud somewhere....
    6 Nov 2013, 01:57 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    I have Cox 70mbps internet cable, and a ROKU3. And that is pretty much it. With the ROKU I can get hundreds of channels, including all the usual PPV.

     

    The one thing missing from streaming right now is real time access to some channels on an a la carte basis. That would include HBO, the cable news channels, and a few others. But even those are often available in large parts either free (but delayed), or as rentals (such as many HBO and other content).

     

    I suspect that within 5 years that the vast majority of content that viewers watch will be via the internet.
    6 Nov 2013, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    HBO Go is supposedly going to be offered as a stand alone (or at least they are considering it) so things may get even better shortly.
    6 Nov 2013, 02:15 PM Reply Like
  • James Sands
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    That would be interesting wigit5, I wonder if there will be a spin-off too eventually...
    6 Nov 2013, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • Windsun33
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    I hope so. Right now HBO Go is offered only if you have an existing sub to a cable or satellite service. And it is simply not worth it for me to get a sub just to watch Game of Thrones :D
    6 Nov 2013, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    Yeah I've been thinking about just buying the seasons on dvd when they come out... love that show though so good!
    6 Nov 2013, 02:59 PM Reply Like
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