The end of the Blockbuster era

For Lease or Sale

As you have probably already noticed if you are a baby boomer that still goes to Blockbuster, it has gone bankrupt. The franchise name was sold to Dish Network. We still don’t know what they are going to do with the brick and mortar stores, maybe sell you satellite dishes. They are, however, keeping the brand for online and mail-in rentals. It is sad though that growing up I used to go there with friends, sometimes just to socialize or talk about movies with people knowledgeable in the subject. You would get great recommendations especially from more mature people that could steer you away from “Glitter” or “Crossroads.” It was a place where you could buy snacks, walk around, and our movie hobby wouldn’t be just being a couch potato.

I miss these days, not to mention that streaming still has not caught up with physical media. No streaming option can match the quality of Blu-rays. Most are on par with DVDs, a more than a decade old standard. The Surround Sound and HD Audio availability is very limited. Streaming services have done a terrible job of providing Closed Captioning and their prices are quickly going up. Coincidentally, right after Blockbuster bit the dust, Netflix increased their prices to up to 60% to keep your previous plan, with little to no improvements to the service.

Video is going through many changes, just as audio did in the last decade. MP3s are not nearly the same quality as formats that did not prosper such as Super CD or DVD-Audio. Even though storage is very cheap nowadays, we have not even moved to slightly larger lossless codecs or uncompressed audio. I understand most people do not have equipment to appreciate the difference since iPods are the most common/convenient audio player out there. This leads me to believe that eventually great video quality is simply going the way of the Dodo (and Blockbuster). One day, I will tell stories to kids of how we had much better video and audio back in the day.




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One thought on “The end of the Blockbuster era”

  1. I was sad to see Blockbuster go into store closures and bankruptcy in the beginning but now that DISH Network bought them out I definitely see a major come back coming soon into the future. I can’t wait to see what happens! I do know already that not only have the prices in-store Blockbuster dropped, but those who sign up new with DISH Network services can get Blockbuster by mail free for 3 months. It’s pretty cool and a great way to check out new releases 28 days before Netflix and Redbox and a great alternative in renting games as well. I just started subscribing and working with DISH Network, got the promotion and love it! The selection is amazing of movies, TV shows and games and all customers have the option to go in-store and exchange anything instead of waiting on the mail. Check it out http://bit.ly/khvWnc. 🙂

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