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Bye-bye Blockbuster Video

  1. Nov 6, 2013 #1

    jtbell

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    Your late fees are waived: Blockbuster closes (cnn.com)

    I don't think my wife and I ever rented a video. :uhh: We've never been really "into" movies, and seldom have enough time at home in the evening to sit down and watch one through. If we get bitten by the bug after we're both retired, I guess we'll just have to use Netflix et al. on our Apple TV box. We'd have to upgrade our Internet connection to get enough bandwidth to make it usable for serious video streaming, though.
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2013 #2

    Ben Niehoff

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    It is pretty natural for businesses to close which no longer provide a useful product or service.

    Almost every DVD I rented from Blockbuster had playback issues during some parts due to scratches. I had to skip whole chapters quite often. Part of why I made the decision to go to online distribution only, about two years ago.

    You don't need a ridiculously fast connection to watch movies. I'm on 3 Mbps DSL and I can watch Netflix just fine.
     
  4. Nov 6, 2013 #3

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    Where do places like this go when they die? Are photo mats floating around somewhere in another dimension. I had some pictures that I forgot to pick up. Sorry that is just silly. It must be the wine I drank after my last post in the American Dream thread.
     
  6. Nov 6, 2013 #5

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    I only ever went to Blockbuster when I needed game cards for this MMO called Cabal that I used to play back in junior high/high school xP
     
  7. Nov 6, 2013 #6

    Ben Niehoff

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    Back when I was a kid I rented tons of SNES and N64 games from them. Those were fun times.
     
  8. Nov 6, 2013 #7

    jtbell

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    We have what most people would consider a ridiculously slow connection: 0.75 Mbps "DSL Lite". :tongue: It's not even fast enough to watch most YouTube videos. When I find something I want to watch for more than a minute or two, I download it with a Firefox plugin and play it offline.

    That connection started out at $15 per month, then AT&T raised it to $25 about a year ago. When we feel really cramped by it, we'll upgrade to a faster service. Right now it's not a high priority.
     
  9. Nov 7, 2013 #8
    I think I've used BlockBuster once in my life.
     
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  10. Nov 13, 2013 #9

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  11. Nov 13, 2013 #10

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    I used to rent video games for the PlayStation 1 from Blockbuster all the time as a little kid. Great memories; felt like a kid in a candy store.
     
  12. Nov 13, 2013 #11
    South Park called this years ago.
     
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