If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(C|Net)   1985 - 2012 Wow, what a difference (being shiatheads can do to your company)   (news.cnet.com) divider line 77
    More: Ironic, NCR, Coinstar, Redbox, parent company  
•       •       •

9558 clicks; posted to Business » on 26 Jun 2012 at 11:16 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



77 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2012-06-27 08:02:22 AM

GAT_00: There's no such thing as a company not run by shiatheads. Just one that hasn't farked it's customers over yet. It will. They all do.


Then why do we allow them to remain in business?
 
2012-06-27 08:21:56 AM

Optimus Primate: Guntram Shatterhand: I'm a little curious about Redbox's future. They seem like a good idea and cut the old retail video store model to its basics (no real backstock except if popular, just the new releases), but I don't see the long term potential in it. It has the same lack of selection Netflix Streaming does but with the added burden of vending machines and selling off the old shiatty discs.

There are two people at my work that LOVE Redbox, It's their "video store". Apparently, you can sign up for an actual account and the little kiosks will hold movies for you and send you an email alert when a certain movie is available. It's pretty handy actually, especially if the Redbox is located right by your house. They also give you a "get the tenth rental free" and other little spiffs...

I guess sometimes people just want to grab a movie for a buck-20.


Oh, I know, I've tried it. But I don't see how having a handful of newer movies combined with 95% of Asylum Entertainment dreck equals the big cash in the long run. Right now they have filled a necessary role, but the future doesn't seem to favor them. They have the same problem that B&M video stores had: a backstock (smaller, at least) and only a few choices that weren't garbage.

They might have the market cornered for video games, however, as Gamefly can't get their shiat together at all.
 
2012-06-27 09:19:57 AM

Guntram Shatterhand: Optimus Primate: Guntram Shatterhand: I'm a little curious about Redbox's future. They seem like a good idea and cut the old retail video store model to its basics (no real backstock except if popular, just the new releases), but I don't see the long term potential in it. It has the same lack of selection Netflix Streaming does but with the added burden of vending machines and selling off the old shiatty discs.

There are two people at my work that LOVE Redbox, It's their "video store". Apparently, you can sign up for an actual account and the little kiosks will hold movies for you and send you an email alert when a certain movie is available. It's pretty handy actually, especially if the Redbox is located right by your house. They also give you a "get the tenth rental free" and other little spiffs...

I guess sometimes people just want to grab a movie for a buck-20.

Oh, I know, I've tried it. But I don't see how having a handful of newer movies combined with 95% of Asylum Entertainment dreck equals the big cash in the long run. Right now they have filled a necessary role, but the future doesn't seem to favor them. They have the same problem that B&M video stores had: a backstock (smaller, at least) and only a few choices that weren't garbage.

They might have the market cornered for video games, however, as Gamefly can't get their shiat together at all.


Oh believe me, I am no Redbox advocate. I often shake my head in disbelief at the "movies" they tell me they watched from Redbox. Most are extremely poor choices that are NOT worth the dollar it cost to rent them.

I don't have streaming capability yet - so when I get a hankering for a certain movie I want to watch RIGHT NOW (once every few months maybe) - I run down to Blockbuster (brick & mortar) a few blocks from my house and pick it up...usually for 99 cents.

I actually enjoy those little trips to the "video store" just like in olden times. The employees are really awesome and actually know movies very well. They are quite aware that they represent a fading time in history and do not take themselves seriously at all. It always brings back memories of the 90's, where a trip to the video store was something you did once or twice a week...it was part of everyday life. Reliving it now brings back a lot of fun nostalgia...though the business model will probably be 100% extinct in a few years.
 
2012-06-27 09:58:45 AM
I love Redbox. I think they'll be around for quite a while. Where else can you get a new release on DVD/Bluray right when it comes out?

They've put one in front of every grocery & drug store around me. It's a great model in my opinion - get your groceries and a movie to take home with you. It works very well to those who don't have the technology to stream Netflix or only watch movies occasionally. At 1 movie/weekend, its cheaper to do Redbox than Netflix.
 
2012-06-27 09:59:06 AM

Masso: I gave up and resubscribe netflix, for dvds. Their streaming selections SUCKS big time, but their dvd collection is still one to beat.


I re-upped my XboxLive subscription last night (because I'm a dumbass with too much money, but also) because Netflix' selection of TV shows (hi, Breaking Bad!) is great.

// if anyone spoils anything from Breaking Bad, I will cook meth in your hollowed-out chest cavity and feed it to your children
 
2012-06-27 10:12:18 AM
I don't believe the issues are DVDs being dead, they still sell well and when I go to Walmart or something, I see plenty of people using that Redbox thing (personally I don't rent DVDs anymore and even cancelled my Netflix account recently).

The issue I think was the Blockbuster name associated with their company. They should of rebranded and changed the name/color scheme immediately when the shiat started really hitting the fan with Blockbuster itself.
 
2012-06-27 10:15:56 AM

diaphoresis: Personally, I avoid Redbox and Netflix. If I wanna watch a movie on DVD, I buy it. If I don't own it, I don't want it.

More power to the people who wanna stream movies though... If you want limited selection and hate to leave the house, it's your life..


This important thing is that you have found a way to feel superior to both disc renters AND streamers.
 
2012-06-27 10:16:25 AM

doglover: Torrents are superior again.

Eventually, movie companies will have to resort to them. They just don't want to.


Torrents are vastly inferior to streaming. It's not even close. At some point, entertainment companies will come up with a way to make enough money off of them that we'll have as much selection through streaming that we do through other means.
 
2012-06-27 10:40:48 AM
I bought a flatscreen with a Blueray player built in. Used it once in the last 18 months, just to see how it works.
 
2012-06-27 10:49:16 AM
I'm gonna wager that less than 10% of Farkers actually caught the reference in the headline.
 
2012-06-27 10:54:24 AM

Pick: I bought a flatscreen with a Blueray player built in. Used it once in the last 18 months, just to see how it works.


1080p is a total waste of time without Blu Ray.
 
2012-06-27 12:03:07 PM

Guntram Shatterhand: I'm a little curious about Redbox's future. They seem like a good idea and cut the old retail video store model to its basics (no real backstock except if popular, just the new releases), but I don't see the long term potential in it. It has the same lack of selection Netflix Streaming does but with the added burden of vending machines and selling off the old shiatty discs.


Poor people. Why pay $8 a month on a credit card you don't have when you can slip a $1 bill into the vending machine that is conveniently located at the grocery store or gas station a block from your front door. Of course if you get more than 2 movies a week, you are paying a premium, but you are also getting access to a greater selection of new movies. Plus, you do not need an internet enabled device to use a disc, nor do you need to navigate Netflix's annoying (at least to me on Xbox360) interface.

All Netflix did was prove that streaming was viable in the current market, not that it is the inevitable conclusion of our media consumption. There are too many moving parts and too much optional equipment for it to be the standard yet.

Will we get there once there is a switch to all devices having a broadband internet port and wifi connection, similar to the switch to a digital signal? I think so, but who the hell knows? Not Reed Hastings, he's trying to make a market by proclaiming the DVD is dead, he's wrong and his gamble didn't pay off yet. He's not wrong, he's just too early.
 
2012-06-27 12:24:13 PM
Personally, I avoid Redbox, Netflix, and DVDs. If I wanna watch a movie, I seek out and purchase the original film masters. If I don't own the distribution rights, I don't want it.

More power to the people who wanna watch digital copies of movies though.. If you want limited resolution and don't own a Panavision lens, it's your life.
 
2012-06-27 01:43:39 PM
If I have a huge craving to see something, I check Netflix.
If it isn't on Netflix, I check the Redbox site to see if any local kiosks have the dvd. I need to be pretty motivated to go this far.
If it isn't at Redbox, I go back to Netflix to request the discs if possible. I REALLY want to see this freaking movie.
If by this point I have had no luck, I usually then start looking at BestBuy/Target/Wal-Mart/etc to see if anyone has it in stock, the price, etc. I better watch the fark out of this thing.
If no one actually has it, off to Amazon I go.

That is the process I see others going through. The first step is immediate gratification, and Netflix has it right, Redbox is the number 2.
 
2012-06-27 01:49:17 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller:
1080p is a total waste of time without Blu Ray.


+1

and it's sad how most people don't realize that their TV isn't showing them that quality with a regular HD broadcast (most are still 1080i).
 
2012-06-27 01:57:52 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I'm gonna wager that less than 10% of Farkers actually caught the reference in the headline.


It was a catchy enough jingle that it stuck in my head ,so I got it but I don't appreciate getting it.
 
2012-06-27 02:23:44 PM

meathome: SacriliciousBeerSwiller:
1080p is a total waste of time without Blu Ray.

+1

and it's sad how most people don't realize that their TV isn't showing them that quality with a regular HD broadcast (most are still 1080i).


Most people sit too far away from their TV to take advantage of 1080p at their screen size anyways.

www.hdforindies.com
 
2012-06-27 02:34:07 PM
With my bandwidth cap (25 GB/mo), there's no way in hell I'm going to be using Netflix. With Blockbuster gone, and Rogers Video (the only other major national chain) closing, it's either zip.ca (no Redbox for us, but it's close) or mom&pop convenience stores. I've got a zip.ca kiosk at the 24-hour grocery store down the street. Fairly limited selection, but $1 DVD's/Blu-Ray (and $2 new releases), it more than meets my needs.
 
2012-06-27 03:32:04 PM

Cletus from Canuckistan: With my bandwidth cap (25 GB/mo), there's no way in hell I'm going to be using Netflix. With Blockbuster gone, and Rogers Video (the only other major national chain) closing, it's either zip.ca (no Redbox for us, but it's close) or mom&pop convenience stores. I've got a zip.ca kiosk at the 24-hour grocery store down the street. Fairly limited selection, but $1 DVD's/Blu-Ray (and $2 new releases), it more than meets my needs.


Bandwidth caps are going to annihilate Netflix if they continue to exist and grow across providers, and, meanwhile, since they don't apply to video on demand, it means that your digital service provider will reap the benefits with their $5-10/movie rental for VOD.
 
2012-06-27 03:34:10 PM

joness0154:
Most people sit too far away from their TV to take advantage of 1080p at their screen size anyways.

[www.hdforindies.com image 640x436]


Dear God, THIS!!!

My future better half thought I was crazy when I measured the distance between where the TV would be and the general sitting area. I showed her this very chart and was referred to as "crazy". Crazy I may be, but when I showed her the difference in the store of the discernable level of detail between two distances, she quickly changed her tune. She makes sure to mention this story any time we have guests to watch a movie, game, etc. since everyone always asks about how we came up with the design we did for the entertainment room.

/yeah, we did some kooky stuff with that room, and even folks who don't pay attention to such things noticed the difference
//small victory compared to the recording studio we built.
 
2012-06-27 07:10:38 PM

marcre3363: I've got 200+ movies queued up to last me for a while. With a two-year old and eight-month old at home, movies are the only entertainment we have for now. And I'm fine with that.

Once I start directing my kids in our own movies, you can all lick my taint.


img88.imageshack.us
 
2012-06-27 07:16:32 PM
So why has no one just started a business of putting movies on microSD card or USB drive so you can just plug them into a USB port on your TV/laptop?
 
2012-06-27 07:18:01 PM

Dr Dreidel: Masso: I gave up and resubscribe netflix, for dvds. Their streaming selections SUCKS big time, but their dvd collection is still one to beat.

I re-upped my XboxLive subscription last night (because I'm a dumbass with too much money, but also) because Netflix' selection of TV shows (hi, Breaking Bad!) is great.

// if anyone spoils anything from Breaking Bad, I will cook meth in your hollowed-out chest cavity and feed it to your children


I didn't think that episode was available for streaming yet. Thanks for letting me know.
 
2012-06-27 09:20:03 PM
I think the need to have 90 copies of the new release is what prematurely killed Blockbuster. I miss the old local rentals that had 10 year old movies you had never heard of that you just grab. I found They Live and Diggstown that way.
 
2012-06-28 09:09:42 AM

marcre3363:
I've got 200+ movies queued up to last me for a while. With a two-year old and eight-month old at home, movies are the only entertainment we have for now. And I'm fine with that.

Once I start directing my kids in our own movies, you can all lick my taint.


It's gonna be a long time before you can legally comply with 2257, but when you can you'll make a mint pandering to the fetish guys. And if that doesn't matter to you, you can probably make a mint right now. Just sayin'.
 
2012-06-28 09:10:00 AM
I don't use DVDs. I just find movie directors and punch them until they tell me the plots of their movie.

Careful with that Uwe Boll. He punches back.
 
2012-06-28 09:58:40 AM
Redbox is only for poor people? Huh?

How about the ones who want to watch blockbuster movies on their enormous TV sets in BluRay quality? First, throw on your crocs. Reserve the movie using your iphone, swing by chipotle to grab some quick dinner, hit Redbox on the way. Get home, mix a cocktail and fire up the projector.

I think Netflix is for poor hipsters.
 
Displayed 27 of 77 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report