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..
Relatively Obscure: Personally, I avoid Redbox, Netflix, and DVDs. If I wanna watch a movie, I produce and direct one. If I didn't make it, I don't want it.More power to the people who wanna watch others' movies though... If you want no creative freedom and hate imagination, it's your life..
NewportBarGuy: You think that's bad? hahahaha...
Ed Finnerty: Fools. The future of entertainment is LaserDisc.
Netflix' streaming is slowly getting better and better. I was surprised the other day to see a current DVD release already on Netflix streaming.
But I'll still take DVDs over streaming because cable internet connections are still flaky. And every once in awhile my Roku will just freeze up.
I guess the loser in the hard media area is Sony, who fought tooth and nail to make BluRay the HD media winner, only to see everyone continue to say streaming is the future. I still haven't bought a BluRay player and don't know why I should.
skinink: I still haven't bought a BluRay player and don't know why I should.
NewportBarGuy: You think that's bad? hahahaha... My dad worked for AT&T when they bought NCR for like a gazillion dollars in today's dollars...NCR was acquired September 19, 1991 by AT&T for $7.4 billion and was joined with Teradata Corporation on February 28, 1992. As an AT&T subsidiary, its 1992 year-end headcount was 53,800 employees and contractors. By 1993, the subsidiary produced a year-end $1.287 billion net loss on $7.265 billion in revenue. The net losses continued in 1994 and 1995, losses that required repeated subsidies from the parent company and resulted in a 1995 year-end headcount of 41,100. During these three years, AT&T was the former NCR's largest customer, accounting for over $1.5 billion in revenue.I'm just amazed they are still in business. It was one of the biggest flops in business history, the failed acquisition by AT&T.
HempHead: Mark Hurd left NCR to head up HP. Its almost like he was responsible for two huge flops...
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.
Ken VeryBigLiar: They may just end up the favored destination of those too poor or unwilling to do streaming services. Redbox isn't burdened with leases for whole buildings or nearly the number of employees to pay cutting down on overhead greatly compared to Blockbuster. It isn't meant to last perpetually, but until the market changes to show them a new path they're hardly in a bad spot.
NewportBarGuy: That's why I bought shares in the company. People want to watch movies and it's pretty much the cheapest way to do it for lower income folks. Considering how that population is growing, I'm confident the investment will improve over the current 40% return.
gingerjet: HempHead: Mark Hurd left NCR to head up HP. Its almost like he was responsible for two huge flops...Which is complete bullshiat. AT&T spun the business back off in 1996. Hurd didn't become President of NCR until 2001. And by all accounts - he was doing a decent job at HP prior to his fark ups with some woman which was compounded by the complete and utter incompetence of the HP board of directors. The guy has his flaws - managing a business is not one of them.
Ken VeryBigLiar: 40%, good lord.
marcre3363: When Netflix raised their prices, I was fine with it. I'd been following the press for years and knew it was inevitable.Sure, they handled it in the worst way possible. But at the end of the day, what are the alternatives?I used to walk past the neighborhood Blockbuster a few times a week, even though I hadn't gone there in years. When they were closing down, I walked in and took a look around to see what I could get at a bargain price. I listened to the employees biatch and moan about how they were losing their jobs and how unfair it was to them while I shopped. Ultimately, I walked out with nothing.I'm streaming Netflix as I type this and I have a DVD sitting on my entryway cabinet that's been there for two weeks. It'll probably be another week before I get to it.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.
Mixolydian Master: Personally, I avoid Redbox, Netflix, and DVDs. If I wanna watch a movie, I write, budget, produce, direct, market and star in it. If I didn't write, budget, produce,direct, market and star in it, I don't want it.
bhcompy: Never considered Blockbuster shiatheads, just in a business where there was a logical end once a cheaper competitor had a successful business strategy.
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