Rather than walk to 93rd Street, which is apparently the nearest video store, we downloaded (500) Days of Summer on iTunes and watched it on the computer. Fortunately my folks have a nice pair of JBL computer speakers.
If you're in the physical video distribution business -- if you, say, own a Blockbuster franchise -- now might be a good time to get out.
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Between VIdeo on Demand and iTunes, the only time we actually go to a video store now is to rent kids movies- that we can keep for a week.
At some point I'm going to set up my home theatre system to be be able to stream movies off a Mac Mini, onto the TV, whether they be ripped from actual DVD's or downloaded from iTunes etc.
By the way, what did you think of (500) Days of Summer? It was my favourite movie of the year, finishing just ahead of Up In The Air.
We were too lazy to go to a video store on New Years (and far too lazy to head out to a raging party) and wound up getting the same movie on On Demand. I'm also curious what you thought about it.
I'd say most of them will be gone soon. Not that they couldn't survive if they modified their business design, but most won't.
I stopped renting from Blockbuster when they repeatedly dropped my membership if I didn't rent regularly. My original membership with Video Galaxy lasted years until they were sold. It's just data, cost of storing it is so low it doesn't make sense to drop people.
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