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2012-08-09 03:59:30 AM
Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.
 
2012-08-09 04:19:17 AM
Redbox count?
DNRTFA
 
2012-08-09 04:33:06 AM
No Blockbusters around here.

I use iTunes for digital purchases, permanent rather than rentals that delete themselves. Playback is mostly on my first generation AppleTV, with the built-in hard drive for local storage.
 
2012-08-09 04:36:22 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.


We have a local chain that does pretty good business yet because they have a separate adult room with hundreds of x-rated movies, free children's videos, and a large selection of video games. They compete with Redbox on price, but have a much larger selection. They also let kids get free rentals with good grades. When report cards come, little Tommy wants to use one of his free rentals to try Super Alien Death Slaughter, mommy picks out an obscure foreign chick flick, dad disappears into the room behind the curtain to browse the smut, and before they leave, they grab Elmo's wonderland or the like for Tommy's little sister (from the free kids selection). The whole family can get something for five nights for five or six bucks.

"Family Video" has carved out a niche, while all the blockbusters in our area have gone out.
 
2012-08-09 04:41:06 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.


Blockbuster doesn't have adult videos unless there's a special door to a back room I haven't found yet.

Blockbuster is coming back in a big way - well not really but I have a membership there now for the first time in about 15 years. The first month was free (like any good drug dealer's tactics). The 2nd month I had to pay for because I neglected to cancel on time.

They suffer from some of the same issues as Netflix though. WTF do I want to see? I don't know. They don't have many old classics in stock. I've been using them to watch Dexter for the most part, but my Blockbuster is missing the last disc for season 3. So I walked in one day very eager to see how things turned out only to find out that the closest copy of the last disc Blockbuster had was 60 miles away. I decided to just torrent it instead. I hope the RIAA doesn't sue me. Maybe I should just pirate everything instead of paying Netflix or Blockbuster.

Then I finished season 4 and went back for season 5. Oh, sorry, Blockbuster only has one copy of season 5 and they had just rented it out to someone else.

Since I haven't rented DVDs in so long, I'm kind of frustrated by some things. I had a movie last week that teased me with deleted scenes and extra features but when I tried to view them it told me that I was watching a rental version and to buy it instead. Fark that, I'm not buying your stupid DVD. The DVD I have out now has about 10 minutes of previews that it forces me to watch before I get to the movie and by that point I've been utterly bored so I've tried to watch it twice and have given up both times.
 
2012-08-09 04:51:52 AM
I'm finally starting to love my Netflix. The limited selection makes me search out good films, without much Hollywood crap in the way. I would never have seen The Man From Nowhere, Let The Right One In or God Bless America had Ballbuster been my only source.
 
2012-08-09 04:52:48 AM

Happy Hours: Then I finished season 4 and went back for season 5. Oh, sorry, Blockbuster only has one copy of season 5 and they had just rented it out to someone else.


You were lucky.
 
2012-08-09 04:54:41 AM

BigBooper: We have a local chain that does pretty good business yet because they have a separate adult room with hundreds of x-rated movies, free children's videos, and a large selection of video games.


It doesn't seem like a good idea to keep the children's videos and video games in the adult room.
 
2012-08-09 05:11:42 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: BigBooper: We have a local chain that does pretty good business yet because they have a separate adult room with hundreds of x-rated movies, free children's videos, and a large selection of video games.

It doesn't seem like a good idea to keep the children's videos and video games in the adult room.


How else am I supposed to keep an eye on the kids while I'm trying to decide between "Extreme Anal Violations 6" and "Big Black Booty Babes 14"? I wouldn't be a good parent if I let the kids run wild without supervision.
 
2012-08-09 05:20:48 AM

Captain_Ballbeard: I'm finally starting to love my Netflix. The limited selection makes me search out good films, without much Hollywood crap in the way. I would never have seen The Man From Nowhere, Let The Right One In or God Bless America had Ballbuster been my only source.


Netflix has such a good kids selection, that we were able to drop cable. We were paying over $100 a month for phone, internet and TV with Time Warner. We went to DSL (it's slower but it works) for $20 a month, got set up with VOIP, and get our local channels free. Our three year old still gets her Dora and the like from Netflix, and were saving a ton of cash. If we had been using some of the twenty shopping channels, or the twenty religious channels or any of the 200 crappy music channels, it would have been different. But were were paying a ton for something we were hardly using.

/I'll just have to get my Game of Thrones fix other ways.
 
2012-08-09 05:23:22 AM

Captain_Ballbeard: Happy Hours: Then I finished season 4 and went back for season 5. Oh, sorry, Blockbuster only has one copy of season 5 and they had just rented it out to someone else.

You were lucky.


I didn't really like how season 4 ended - should I just give up now? I liked seasons 1-3. Even most of Season 4 had me going but I did not like the finale. It just pissed me off and it seemed like a cheap way out just for shock value. In retrospect I guess it seems like an obvious ending but I still don't like it. It almost seems too obvious. How did I not see that coming?

It does kind of piss me off that Blockbuster only has one copy of it and won't replace their copy of the last disc of season 3. There's 2 or 3 BB locations in my town. Not one of them has the last disc of season 3.

And I don't know what happened with them and Samsung either. After months of Samsung giving errors when updating the firmware on my BluRay disc player they finally got it working again. The first update was to remove Blockbuster's streaming app. It still has problems actually playing discs though.
 
2012-08-09 05:26:41 AM

Happy Hours: I didn't really like how season 4 ended - should I just give up now? I liked seasons 1-3. Even most of Season 4 had me going but I did not like the finale. It just pissed me off and it seemed like a cheap way out just for shock value. In retrospect I guess it seems like an obvious ending but I still don't like it. It almost seems too obvious. How did I not see that coming?


It just became a caricature of itself, like Metallica.
 
2012-08-09 06:10:48 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.


Who needs to rent a 90-minute video for a 2-minute thrill? Ever heard of ......um, I'm gonna stop talking now.
 
2012-08-09 06:22:24 AM
I remember when my local Blockbuster started advertising Dollar-a-Day rentals in all their windows. I thought they FINALLY were getting tired of Redbox kicking their ass. Went in, grabbed three movies for the day, and set them on the counter.

"That'll be $15," said the helpful clerk.

"The fark?" I asked. "I thought it was a dollar a day."

"Yes, but all movies have a 5-day minimal rental period," she said.

Left the movies and my membership card on the counter. Haven't been back since.
 
2012-08-09 06:30:27 AM
Last rental place closed in my suburb this week. When I moved here a few years ago, there were four. Then again, Australians are one of the biggest group of pirates in the world and rental can't compete with free.
 
2012-08-09 06:44:45 AM

slotz: AverageAmericanGuy: Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.

Who needs to rent a 90-minute video for a 2-minute thrill? Ever heard of .......


...National Geographic? Some of those Indigenous Babes or Botswana are smokin hot.
 
2012-08-09 06:44:52 AM
Physical movies are overrated.

/ Has "Turn Your Head and Cough" 1 & 2
 
2012-08-09 06:52:36 AM
The best thing about having a local Blockbuster or two: knowing they're going to go out of business.

Great way to pick up cheap OOP titles, both for your own collection and for profit. I made a few hundred bucks when a couple stores near me liquidated.
 
2012-08-09 07:18:45 AM
I rent games from our one remaining Blockbuster. Selection can be hit-or-miss but I'm on a monthly thing where I can just hand in the old game and get a different one. Had Skyrim out for 2 months, no problem. I dread the time when this BB closes. I heard Gamefly sucks rocks. :(
 
2012-08-09 07:23:57 AM
Growing up anytime my dad had a hankering for a particular classic or musical we'd swing by the Blockbuster on our way home from the store. He'd usually leave disappointed but have some honorable mention in tow, though it's not what he really wanted. He finally canceled his membership when he walked in looking for 1776 and they tried pushing some Z-grade horror movie that had 17 in the title.

Now he streams Netflix on his projector. There are days where my mom wonders if he'd leave the cave.
 
2012-08-09 07:26:40 AM

Mr. Potatoass: Physical movies are overrated.

/ Has "Turn Your Head and Cough" 1 & 2


Try the "Bend over and Relax" series.
 
2012-08-09 07:51:39 AM
Well, yea.

Most of the time I won't even go get a dvd from the next room. If it's available on streaming, I'm using that instead, even if I own a physical copy.
 
2012-08-09 07:52:45 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.



There are lots of pay to watch pr0n movie sites I believe. I cam across them one time when I wanted to see all the works of a particular pr0nstar who really looked like this girl I had a crush on during freshman year in college.
 
2012-08-09 08:04:27 AM

BigBooper: Captain_Ballbeard: I'm finally starting to love my Netflix. The limited selection makes me search out good films, without much Hollywood crap in the way. I would never have seen The Man From Nowhere, Let The Right One In or God Bless America had Ballbuster been my only source.

Netflix has such a good kids selection, that we were able to drop cable. We were paying over $100 a month for phone, internet and TV with Time Warner. We went to DSL (it's slower but it works) for $20 a month, got set up with VOIP, and get our local channels free. Our three year old still gets her Dora and the like from Netflix, and were saving a ton of cash. If we had been using some of the twenty shopping channels, or the twenty religious channels or any of the 200 crappy music channels, it would have been different. But were were paying a ton for something we were hardly using.

/I'll just have to get my Game of Thrones fix other ways.


i'd love to know more on how this works. our last and current TV signal carrier blow dog and the package costs a fortune per month. i understand DSL is your service line for Internet, and i googled VOIP, from what i read that is for your Telephone service. how do you manage to get local channels for free? we live in the valley of a mountain terrain area and get no TV signal at all without some sort of hooked-up service. my wife will be happy as long as she can watch the few programs she has time for.

i really screwed the pooch 3 years ago when i bought the 1-800 ladies lies telling me everything i wanted to hear when i signed us up for DishNetwork, which caused unhappiness from day one. i'd love to set up our house like it's 2012 and i know what i'm doing. anyone that can point me to a how-to, i'd really appreciate that. i'm freaking clueless as to what i'm doing and i need to do something as our contract with DishN is finally running out in a month or two. thanks!
 
2012-08-09 08:05:01 AM

runeytwo: I rent games from our one remaining Blockbuster. Selection can be hit-or-miss but I'm on a monthly thing where I can just hand in the old game and get a different one. Had Skyrim out for 2 months, no problem. I dread the time when this BB closes. I heard Gamefly sucks rocks. :(



Blockbuster online also sucks. I have tried the trial and every PS3 game they send me by mail is scratched up and one disc they sent me was broken in two.

They do offer in store exchange which is the only great thing since the store copies of PS3 games are in pristine condition.

However, each store has a really limited selection. There are a few stores close by and by alternating where I do in-store exchanges I can get the games I want.

I really don't understand the limited selection in games in the stores. The blockbuster stores are enormous and the shelves are sparsely located and only half a shelf is dedicated to PS3 games.
 
2012-08-09 08:10:12 AM
Got talked into their $15/mo membership. Comes with a free keep-it-as-long-as-you-want video per day. Whole store included and, if they don't have the classic I want, they'll get it. Or I can stream it. What I do is bike over every day for the exercise, pick up something, then bring it home and rip it into my computer. So, I'm sitting on about 40 movies I haven't watched. Somehow, my brain is convinced I'm getting more than my money's worth.

/at least I've lost some weight
//wish they'd quit pushing me to Dish every time I go in. Not gonna happen.
 
2012-08-09 08:27:28 AM
No Blockbuster stores here for months. Kinda sad though cause those damn Red Box rental boxes do not carry any movies pass 1 year. So if I want to see something like the Bourne Series, I have to get it from a friend who may have it.
 
2012-08-09 08:29:47 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.


People still pay for porn?
 
2012-08-09 08:36:08 AM

BigBooper: AverageAmericanGuy: Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.

We have a local chain that does pretty good business yet because they have a separate adult room with hundreds of x-rated movies, free children's videos, and a large selection of video games. They compete with Redbox on price, but have a much larger selection. They also let kids get free rentals with good grades. When report cards come, little Tommy wants to use one of his free rentals to try Super Alien Death Slaughter, mommy picks out an obscure foreign chick flick, dad disappears into the room behind the curtain to browse the smut, and before they leave, they grab Elmo's wonderland or the like for Tommy's little sister (from the free kids selection). The whole family can get something for five nights for five or six bucks.

"Family Video" has carved out a niche, while all the blockbusters in our area have gone out.


They are in Omaha too, I like them.
 
2012-08-09 08:38:30 AM

KrispyKritter: BigBooper: Captain_Ballbeard: I'm finally starting to love my Netflix. The limited selection makes me search out good films, without much Hollywood crap in the way. I would never have seen The Man From Nowhere, Let The Right One In or God Bless America had Ballbuster been my only source.

Netflix has such a good kids selection, that we were able to drop cable. We were paying over $100 a month for phone, internet and TV with Time Warner. We went to DSL (it's slower but it works) for $20 a month, got set up with VOIP, and get our local channels free. Our three year old still gets her Dora and the like from Netflix, and were saving a ton of cash. If we had been using some of the twenty shopping channels, or the twenty religious channels or any of the 200 crappy music channels, it would have been different. But were were paying a ton for something we were hardly using.

/I'll just have to get my Game of Thrones fix other ways.

i'd love to know more on how this works. our last and current TV signal carrier blow dog and the package costs a fortune per month. i understand DSL is your service line for Internet, and i googled VOIP, from what i read that is for your Telephone service. how do you manage to get local channels for free? we live in the valley of a mountain terrain area and get no TV signal at all without some sort of hooked-up service. my wife will be happy as long as she can watch the few programs she has time for.

i really screwed the pooch 3 years ago when i bought the 1-800 ladies lies telling me everything i wanted to hear when i signed us up for DishNetwork, which caused unhappiness from day one. i'd love to set up our house like it's 2012 and i know what i'm doing. anyone that can point me to a how-to, i'd really appreciate that. i'm freaking clueless as to what i'm doing and i need to do something as our contract with DishN is finally running out in a month or two. thanks!


For TV, we put a huge ass antenna in our attic. Go to tvfool.com to get an idea what will work for you. Since you live in a valley, you may not be able to get over the air signals. As for VOIP, we got magic jack plus. It works fine for us. You no longer have to have it hooked up to an always on computer, and you can port your old number if you want. We looked at adding more minutes to our cell phone plan, and going with cell phones only, but magic jack plus ended up being much cheaper.

I recommend that everyone "cut the cable" cable and satellite TV companies have been screwing customers for far too long. Time Warner wanted about $24 a month for basic cable; for what were now getting from our antenna for free! Time Warner also wanted $55 for internet only. Screw them!
 
2012-08-09 09:11:43 AM
Used sales at Newbury Comics + XBMC + Netflix = hasn't rented a movie in 5 years

/oh, and + US...CONNECTION LOST
 
2012-08-09 09:22:32 AM
Subby is a tarpato. More southern towns not have Blockbuster and Family video stores all over the place but also still rent VHS. A lot of hicks havent gotten used to the credit card or downloading movie OARN it pisses my off that we cant have a store that sells, music, movies, or books in this economy but Gamestop have like three location is in every town. F#$% the youth of today. It would honestly be better for the entertainment industry if SOPA passed and piracy stopped. Why the hell should we be able to watch or read whatver we want in a matter of seconds? People are already impatient pieces of crap, when they used to getting everything they want in ten seconds it will be worse.
 
2012-08-09 09:26:03 AM
Went into Blockbuster once. When they asked for my social security number to attach to my new account, I laughed at the clerk and walked out.
 
2012-08-09 09:26:08 AM
i.imgur.com laments he was born in the wrong century

1) Sell people fancy expensive HDTV's
2) Convince them to display low quality hdlite streaming content
3) Profit


/idiocracy is here
 
2012-08-09 09:32:47 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Not until Netflix has adult videos will video rental shops go out of business.

I'm perplexed as to why Netflix hasn't gotten into this business already.


Netflix is spinning it off into a separate entity called Fapster. Did you not get the CEO's email?
 
2012-08-09 09:39:44 AM
There's a Blockbuster within a five minute drive of me. It rarely looks busy and I haven't been there in years.
 
2012-08-09 09:42:11 AM
This is probably because the amount of stores that closed. I'm all for streaming media, but with bandwidth restrictions from most ISPs it's hard to see how this will pan out in the next few years. History has shown that media companies will deny innovation in lieu of milking things into the ground.

Not to mention that DVDs have gotten cheaper over the course of the last decade as well.
 
2012-08-09 10:00:04 AM
I can't understand why we have so many Blockbusters around these parts. Every Wegmans has a Redbox... Which is extremely convenient and cheaper.

And for those of you who don't know what a Wegmans is, you're missing out. You should probably move.
 
2012-08-09 10:05:13 AM
Its weird, I've come full circle. Started using Netflix but it always seemed like the DVD's just sat there unwatched so I started checking out streaming content and got frustrated by the lack of content. Canceled Netflix and started taking advantage of redbox but then quickly became frustrated with their even worse lack of content and now I'm back to blockbuster.
 
2012-08-09 10:06:41 AM

BigBooper: For TV, we put a huge ass antenna in our attic. Go to tvfool.com to get an idea what will work for you. Since you live in a valley, you may not be able to get over the air signals. As for VOIP, we got magic jack plus. It works fine for us. You no longer have to have it hooked up to an always on computer, and you can port your old number if you want. We looked at adding more minutes to our cell phone plan, and going with cell phones only, but magic jack plus ended up being much cheaper.

I recommend that everyone "cut the cable" cable and satellite TV companies have been screwing customers for far too long. Time Warner wanted about $24 a month for basic cable; for what were now getting from our antenna for free! Time Warner also wanted $55 for internet only.


Cool website, all the channels at my house were "red", so I would have to get a more expensive antenna.

I am wondering how much of apin it is to wire it to tohe TV and to set up soem type of DVR.
 
2012-08-09 10:09:22 AM
Redbox rocks.
 
2012-08-09 10:09:28 AM

rtaylor92: Its weird, I've come full circle. Started using Netflix but it always seemed like the DVD's just sat there unwatched so I started checking out streaming content and got frustrated by the lack of content. Canceled Netflix and started taking advantage of redbox but then quickly became frustrated with their even worse lack of content and now I'm back to blockbuster.


I have no complaints with the streaming. Sure it's frustrating that HBO or Showtime aren't available for streaming and I had to wait a whole month on a wait list to rend the Breaking Bad DVDs until they started streaming last season's episodes. But they have a ridiculous amount of obscure classics and foreign films available I probably would never have gone through the trouble of picking up at the video store. If anything their selection in streaming content has gotten better over the last couple of years.
 
2012-08-09 10:17:04 AM
When I hear everyone claim they're canceling their Netflix streaming subscriptions because there's no new releases and therefore nothing to watch, I know I'm not really of the novie watching public. Everytime I'm at a Redbox and scroll through all the Hollywood studio new releases I find absolutely nothing to watch, and typically just go back home to find a documentary, indie or foreign film on Netflix streaming. Generally anything released by a Hollywood studio from March-October is absolutely unwatchable.
 
2012-08-09 10:22:01 AM

InmanRoshi: When I hear everyone claim they're canceling their Netflix streaming subscriptions because there's no new releases and therefore nothing to watch, I know I'm not really of the novie watching public. Everytime I'm at a Redbox and scroll through all the Hollywood studio new releases I find absolutely nothing to watch, and typically just go back home to find a documentary, indie or foreign film on Netflix streaming. Generally anything released by a Hollywood studio from March-October is absolutely unwatchable.


Not to mention because of Netflix and other online channels for doing business indie film makers can way more easily get their work out there rather than going through the old studio system.
 
2012-08-09 10:43:56 AM
Still love my snail-mail Netflix. From my cold, dead hands...
 
2012-08-09 10:49:09 AM

InmanRoshi: When I hear everyone claim they're canceling their Netflix streaming subscriptions because there's no new releases and therefore nothing to watch, I know I'm not really of the novie watching public. Everytime I'm at a Redbox and scroll through all the Hollywood studio new releases I find absolutely nothing to watch, and typically just go back home to find a documentary, indie or foreign film on Netflix streaming. Generally anything released by a Hollywood studio from March-October is absolutely unwatchable.


Netflix streaming is, frankly, still somewhat supplementary to the disc service. Yeah, they offer them separately, but you can't beat $16/month for what they offer in combination. You need the disc service to see most new releases.

That said, people that rip on the streaming service incessantly are the types who ONLY watch big budget new releases. They're the film equivalent of Top 40 station listeners.
 
2012-08-09 10:54:02 AM

Genevieve Marie: Well, yea.

Most of the time I won't even go get a dvd from the next room. If it's available on streaming, I'm using that instead, even if I own a physical copy.


With DVD, I agree with that. Blu-Ray, not so much. I end up sitting there thinking more about how much better the picture would be (especially in movies with lots of dark scenes) instead of paying attention to the movie itself.
 
2012-08-09 10:56:55 AM
I still buy Blu-Ray discs of movies I want to see more than once. I would prefer to download HD-quality movies from iTunes, but the quality is still not as good as Blu-Ray and iTunes HD almost always costs more than a physical Blu-Ray disc.
 
2012-08-09 10:58:19 AM

Guntram Shatterhand: This is probably because the amount of stores that closed. I'm all for streaming media, but with bandwidth restrictions from most ISPs it's hard to see how this will pan out in the next few years. History has shown that media companies will deny innovation in lieu of milking things into the ground.

Not to mention that DVDs have gotten cheaper over the course of the last decade as well.


This! AT&T adsl limit my bandwidth to 150GB a month. At streaming rates of 2GB hour, that would give me 75 hours of video a month, so about 1 movie a day if I do nothing else. The limitations are so slow so they can drive netflix and similar companies out of business and try and push uverse instead on the people for much more limited choice at much greater cost.
 
2012-08-09 11:03:19 AM

GoldDude: I still buy Blu-Ray discs of movies I want to see more than once. I would prefer to download HD-quality movies from iTunes, but the quality is still not as good as Blu-Ray and iTunes HD almost always costs more than a physical Blu-Ray disc.


Yeah, most downloaded HD is pretty shatty. They compress the hell out of it and picture detail gets lost. It's the only way they can make the download a reasonable size. If it was Blu-Ray quality, it sure as hell wouldn't be a gimpy 4GB. Try over 4 times that.
 
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