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2021-02-27 9:53:40 AM  
Broadband is definitely not available everywhere, and not affordable to many in places where it is. This business model filled a small, but present niche.
 
2021-02-27 10:49:52 AM  
Dammit, I miss video stores. And book stores.
 
2021-02-27 11:38:24 AM  
The internet killed the video store?
Hey, I just got an idea for a catchy pop song!
 
2021-02-27 12:25:27 PM  
Damn, they had a really strict dress code at that place.
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2021-02-27 12:30:18 PM  

Eric Shun: Broadband is definitely not available everywhere, and not affordable to many in places where it is. This business model filled a small, but present niche.


I lived in American Samoa in 2010 and there was seriously a video rental place in every other village, all independent.
 
2021-02-27 12:36:13 PM  
My boyfriend's sisters will be inconsolable. They still say things like "I gotta drop by the video store by 3" and every time I think "what farking year is this?"
 
2021-02-27 12:36:13 PM  

Eric Shun: Broadband is definitely not available everywhere, and not affordable to many in places where it is. This business model filled a small, but present niche.


Redbox basically fills that niche these days. Not perfectly, since the selection is much smaller, but with a fraction of the operating costs.
 
2021-02-27 12:37:38 PM  
I've said it before, I guarantee I could open a video store and do well.
People miss walking around a giant store and looking at strange cover boxes and saying "Meh, I'll take a chance!"

I've seen so many (bad) movies based on interesting cover boxes!

Naturally I'm not talking about in a pandemic world, but in a normal world, I think I'd do well!
 
2021-02-27 12:42:46 PM  
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2021-02-27 12:44:55 PM  

oldfarthenry: The internet killed the video store?
Hey, I just got an idea for a catchy pop song!


No, you really didn't. It'd just be a lame cover to satiate the techie crowd. And they're too busy listening to Rush.
 
2021-02-27 12:49:56 PM  
There were two Family Video stores near me. One closed last year. The other was still open last time I drove by there but that was a few months ago. It may be gone by now.
 
2021-02-27 12:51:06 PM  
I miss the good old days when this was a valid excuse to exit an awkward situation:

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2021-02-27 12:53:51 PM  
They were the last chain of stores, but there's still independently owned rental stores out there. Few and far between, sure, but they're hanging on.

And this isn't just a movie. It's a documentary about a very real and still successfully operating business:
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2021-02-27 12:53:57 PM  
I have to call a little bit of BS on this:

Not wanting to get into the politics of the pandemic, Hoogland took some issue with the classification of "essential" businesses. While millions of people can stream thousands of movies from their couch, Family Video provides people in small towns, where there's little to do and some can't afford Netflix, "essential" entertainment.

How much does it cost to rent a movie from a brick and mortar store? When Blockbuster was still around, if I recall correctly it was 4 or 5 bucks--and that was 15 years ago. How much is a monthly Netflix subscription?

The idea to have a pizza place in the same building so that customers could have pizza and a movie delivered was pretty good though.
 
2021-02-27 12:55:21 PM  

buntz: People miss walking around a giant store and looking at strange cover boxes and saying "Meh, I'll take a chance!"

I've seen so many (bad) movies based on interesting cover boxes!


Yep. I'm sure nostalgia plays a part, but while I enjoy the convenience of streaming, all of their interfaces and algorithms are garbage. I kind of miss strolling the aisles of a video store.
 
2021-02-27 12:57:42 PM  
There was a Family Video Store here that closed up shop a few years ago, I was surprised it lasted that long.

I don't know if it was a partnership with FVS or what have you but a Little Caesars opened up next door when they started doing their Hot-N-Ready pizzas. Get a decentish pizza for $4.99 and pick up a few movies for under a buck and you're set.

Also, whoever decided to open up a Bob Evans next to a nursing home in the same area is shooting fish in a barrel.
 
2021-02-27 12:59:16 PM  
lol.

for the last 2-3 years the Family Video next to my kids daycare has more information about CBD oils on their sign than they do about new release movies.
 
2021-02-27 1:01:12 PM  
I tried to get a management job there. They had a discussion with me about movies. I didn't get the job because I had too much to say about R-rated movies and they wanted employees who primarily watched G and PG movies.

I'd managed both a Suncoast Motion Picture and a Radio Shack before that, they seemed disappointed in the mismatch in viewing habits. But they were serious about family friendly entertainment apparently.
 
2021-02-27 1:01:32 PM  
The local chain around here converted to an appliance rent-to-own store.
 
2021-02-27 1:03:40 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: buntz: People miss walking around a giant store and looking at strange cover boxes and saying "Meh, I'll take a chance!"

I've seen so many (bad) movies based on interesting cover boxes!

Yep. I'm sure nostalgia plays a part, but while I enjoy the convenience of streaming, all of their interfaces and algorithms are garbage. I kind of miss strolling the aisles of a video store.


I totally miss strolling the video store on a Friday night, only to find out every copy of any decent new release was checked out, and debating whether to ask the clerk of he would mind checking the return bin for my title.

in second place is laying down to sleep at 11pm on Sunday night and going "goddamn it, do I just take the late fee or should I get my shiat together and drive to video store in the next 59 minutes to return that disappointing movie we rented on Friday?"

those were the days.
 
2021-02-27 1:04:04 PM  
Great, now where I am supposed to get porn from?
 
2021-02-27 1:04:52 PM  

NeoCortex42: Eric Shun: Broadband is definitely not available everywhere, and not affordable to many in places where it is. This business model filled a small, but present niche.

Redbox basically fills that niche these days. Not perfectly, since the selection is much smaller, but with a fraction of the operating costs.


And red envelope Netflix DVDs still exist.  Although if the USPS keeps getting worse, deep-rural America is going to need an all-in-one-truck Amazon-Netflix-&-Schwan's delivery system.
 
2021-02-27 1:06:18 PM  
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2021-02-27 1:13:05 PM  

NeoCortex42: Eric Shun: Broadband is definitely not available everywhere, and not affordable to many in places where it is. This business model filled a small, but present niche.

Redbox basically fills that niche these days. Not perfectly, since the selection is much smaller, but with a fraction of the operating costs.


But they only have recent films.  It doesn't fill any niche.
 
2021-02-27 1:13:57 PM  

CaptainFatass: I have to call a little bit of BS on this:

Not wanting to get into the politics of the pandemic, Hoogland took some issue with the classification of "essential" businesses. While millions of people can stream thousands of movies from their couch, Family Video provides people in small towns, where there's little to do and some can't afford Netflix, "essential" entertainment.

How much does it cost to rent a movie from a brick and mortar store? When Blockbuster was still around, if I recall correctly it was 4 or 5 bucks--and that was 15 years ago. How much is a monthly Netflix subscription?

The idea to have a pizza place in the same building so that customers could have pizza and a movie delivered was pretty good though.


Netflix isn't the best comparison. Rental fees just have to be competitive with Redbox. Even if you have two or three streaming services, you won't have access to every new movie and show, and if you're on a budget or in a bad service area, rentals can be the better option. And some of us just prefer physical media because it's easier to skip back and forth (Disney+ really needs to work on that), and you never have to worry about server issues causing your show to pause or refuse to load (Disney+ really really needs to work on that).

Rental stores and kiosks are still invaluable for many people.
 
2021-02-27 1:16:10 PM  
Blockbuster had a monthly service where you could take out three movies at a time and return them whenever.  That was great.
 
2021-02-27 1:19:04 PM  
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2021-02-27 1:20:23 PM  

baorao: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: buntz: People miss walking around a giant store and looking at strange cover boxes and saying "Meh, I'll take a chance!"

I've seen so many (bad) movies based on interesting cover boxes!

Yep. I'm sure nostalgia plays a part, but while I enjoy the convenience of streaming, all of their interfaces and algorithms are garbage. I kind of miss strolling the aisles of a video store.

I totally miss strolling the video store on a Friday night, only to find out every copy of any decent new release was checked out, and debating whether to ask the clerk of he would mind checking the return bin for my title.

in second place is laying down to sleep at 11pm on Sunday night and going "goddamn it, do I just take the late fee or should I get my shiat together and drive to video store in the next 59 minutes to return that disappointing movie we rented on Friday?"

those were the days.


Eh, at Blockbuster's peak they were heavily stocking popular new releases so it was rare for it to be unavailable. Of course the process of renting and returning wasn't as convenient. But I stand by the browsing experience being better.

Be kind, rewind.
 
2021-02-27 1:20:55 PM  

EdgeRunner: They were the last chain of stores, but there's still independently owned rental stores out there. Few and far between, sure, but they're hanging on.

And this isn't just a movie. It's a documentary about a very real and still successfully operating business:
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Movie Madness in Portland is still around (although curtailed somewhat due to the current unpleasantness).  They've got something like 80,000 titles - new, old, from all around the world.  They have the current releases, but that's not why people go there.  Think of a movie, and they probably have it.  One location, off the beaten path in Southeast, it's been there since the '90s.
 
2021-02-27 1:21:46 PM  
We had a family video in Pryor, Oklahoma when I lived there.  Some of the rural areas around the town still do not have broadband.   They also had a pretty extensive selection of porn and also sold CBD oil. .
 
2021-02-27 1:22:36 PM  

oldfarthenry: The internet killed the video store?
Hey, I just got an idea for a catchy pop song!


The Buggles - Elstree
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2021-02-27 1:22:37 PM  

Mugato: NeoCortex42: Eric Shun: Broadband is definitely not available everywhere, and not affordable to many in places where it is. This business model filled a small, but present niche.

Redbox basically fills that niche these days. Not perfectly, since the selection is much smaller, but with a fraction of the operating costs.

But they only have recent films.  It doesn't fill any niche.


They do rotate some catalog titles back through when sequels come out in theaters or during some holidays.  But like I said, it doesn't have the same large selection as a video store, but if you want to rent a recent movie without streaming, it's great.
 
2021-02-27 1:25:06 PM  
I have an app on my Firestick that allows me to watch basically any movie ever made for free. I can pause, rewind and fast forward with it. I pay ~$3/month to access a server that keeps buffering from happening. I still suffer from the inability to figure out what I want to watch, though.
 
2021-02-27 1:32:05 PM  
My dad, who started the business, might have opened the very first video stores in the country," Keith Hoogland, the company's president, told Newsweek. "He passed away on June 25th and within six or seven months, the video business ends. He died at the same time as Family Video dies."

Translation: The old man croaked, we cashed out.
 
2021-02-27 1:35:10 PM  

majestic: I have an app on my Firestick that allows me to watch basically any movie ever made for free. I can pause, rewind and fast forward with it. I pay ~$3/month to access a server that keeps buffering from happening. I still suffer from the inability to figure out what I want to watch, though.


Yeh, surely that's legal and on the up and up
 
2021-02-27 1:36:30 PM  

Bslim: My dad, who started the business, might have opened the very first video stores in the country," Keith Hoogland, the company's president, told Newsweek. "He passed away on June 25th and within six or seven months, the video business ends. He died at the same time as Family Video dies."

Translation: The old man croaked, we cashed out.


Or, he died and the creditors said "none of you crotchstains know how to keep this afloat, we're denying this loan"
 
2021-02-27 2:02:34 PM  
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/Also:  pretty sure the store down the street, named Hot Flixx, is still renting
 
2021-02-27 2:04:12 PM  
Pours a beer out for I Love Video and Vulcan Video, 2 indie stores here in Austin, that didn't make it due to COVID and other factors....
 
2021-02-27 2:08:13 PM  

Mugato: Dammit, I miss video stores. And book stores.


I think there are still a few around for adults. I hear you can even watch videos on site at some locations.
 
2021-02-27 2:10:01 PM  
COVID was just the final nail in the coffin. She even admitted they were good for another 2, maybe 3, years. Those people were losing their jobs regardless because technology moved on and Family Video didn't.  I could just sense the current owner wanted to yell "Heil Trump!" but held back.
If you really cared about job loss, you would have modernized to keep your brick-and-mortar stores afloat.
Regardless, I can rent "Summer Rental" through Amazon for $1.99. That's a hell of a lot cheaper than going to a rental store, paying double the price, and overpaying for candy.
 
2021-02-27 2:12:54 PM  

Eric Shun: Broadband is definitely not available everywhere, and not affordable to many in places where it is. This business model filled a small, but present niche.


"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway." -- Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Put a few DVDs for the weekend in your car and suddenly your bandwidth worries go away.  By the way, has redbox died as well?  I don't think I've seen them around, but it may be that I've been living in places with reasonable broadband.
 
2021-02-27 2:15:22 PM  
I didn't read the whole thread cause I'm super high, but I think there is such a thing as choice fatigue. Maybe not everyone has the same Chidi-like problem I do scrolling for way too long and having multiple "well, maybe that..." I totally planned to go back to.

So, yeah, I honestly do kind of miss the days of having a reasonable number of choices to pick from. Call me crazy, but I think it's a societal problem where a common shared experience becomes less and less likely. This may not be an issue when it comes to entertainment, but it's become news and journalism as well and soon enough it'll be history. After all, moon landing truthers and flat earthers are just a difference of opinion and you need to respect them.
 
2021-02-27 2:18:45 PM  

Wobambo: I didn't read the whole thread cause I'm super high, but I think there is such a thing as choice fatigue. Maybe not everyone has the same Chidi-like problem I do scrolling for way too long and having multiple "well, maybe that..." I totally planned to go back to.

So, yeah, I honestly do kind of miss the days of having a reasonable number of choices to pick from. Call me crazy, but I think it's a societal problem where a common shared experience becomes less and less likely. This may not be an issue when it comes to entertainment, but it's become news and journalism as well and soon enough it'll be history. After all, moon landing truthers and flat earthers are just a difference of opinion and you need to respect them.


True. The music industry is really falling apart right now because everything has become so fragmented.
 
2021-02-27 2:23:47 PM  

Fireproof: Wobambo: I didn't read the whole thread cause I'm super high, but I think there is such a thing as choice fatigue. Maybe not everyone has the same Chidi-like problem I do scrolling for way too long and having multiple "well, maybe that..." I totally planned to go back to.

So, yeah, I honestly do kind of miss the days of having a reasonable number of choices to pick from. Call me crazy, but I think it's a societal problem where a common shared experience becomes less and less likely. This may not be an issue when it comes to entertainment, but it's become news and journalism as well and soon enough it'll be history. After all, moon landing truthers and flat earthers are just a difference of opinion and you need to respect them.

True. The music industry is really falling apart right now because everything has become so fragmented.


LOL. No.
 
2021-02-27 2:26:20 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Fireproof: Wobambo: I didn't read the whole thread cause I'm super high, but I think there is such a thing as choice fatigue. Maybe not everyone has the same Chidi-like problem I do scrolling for way too long and having multiple "well, maybe that..." I totally planned to go back to.

So, yeah, I honestly do kind of miss the days of having a reasonable number of choices to pick from. Call me crazy, but I think it's a societal problem where a common shared experience becomes less and less likely. This may not be an issue when it comes to entertainment, but it's become news and journalism as well and soon enough it'll be history. After all, moon landing truthers and flat earthers are just a difference of opinion and you need to respect them.

True. The music industry is really falling apart right now because everything has become so fragmented.

LOL. No.


Would you care to speak to some of my friends that worked in sound, lighting and production for touring bands? I used to do sound for SXSW myself. That's gone, maybe forever...A lot of sound companies have gone under, it's going to take years to get back to where it was.
 
2021-02-27 2:38:40 PM  

FlippityFlap: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Fireproof: Wobambo: I didn't read the whole thread cause I'm super high, but I think there is such a thing as choice fatigue. Maybe not everyone has the same Chidi-like problem I do scrolling for way too long and having multiple "well, maybe that..." I totally planned to go back to.

So, yeah, I honestly do kind of miss the days of having a reasonable number of choices to pick from. Call me crazy, but I think it's a societal problem where a common shared experience becomes less and less likely. This may not be an issue when it comes to entertainment, but it's become news and journalism as well and soon enough it'll be history. After all, moon landing truthers and flat earthers are just a difference of opinion and you need to respect them.

True. The music industry is really falling apart right now because everything has become so fragmented.

LOL. No.

Would you care to speak to some of my friends that worked in sound, lighting and production for touring bands? I used to do sound for SXSW myself. That's gone, maybe forever...A lot of sound companies have gone under, it's going to take years to get back to where it was.



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2021-02-27 2:45:00 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: FlippityFlap: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Fireproof: Wobambo: I didn't read the whole thread cause I'm super high, but I think there is such a thing as choice fatigue. Maybe not everyone has the same Chidi-like problem I do scrolling for way too long and having multiple "well, maybe that..." I totally planned to go back to.

So, yeah, I honestly do kind of miss the days of having a reasonable number of choices to pick from. Call me crazy, but I think it's a societal problem where a common shared experience becomes less and less likely. This may not be an issue when it comes to entertainment, but it's become news and journalism as well and soon enough it'll be history. After all, moon landing truthers and flat earthers are just a difference of opinion and you need to respect them.

True. The music industry is really falling apart right now because everything has become so fragmented.

LOL. No.

Would you care to speak to some of my friends that worked in sound, lighting and production for touring bands? I used to do sound for SXSW myself. That's gone, maybe forever...A lot of sound companies have gone under, it's going to take years to get back to where it was.


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Yeah, once everyone feels safe at crowded venues again, concerts are going to explode. Things haven't "changed forever". Things have been put on an aggravatingly long hold, and once they snap back, people are going to go nuts for awhile trying to make up for lost time. We really are going to relive the excess of the Roaring 20s, and for much the same reasons.
 
2021-02-27 3:05:28 PM  
Family Video filled a niche that was still needed in areas that were not well served by true broadband internet (I'm looking at you, northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan, as well as much of the Dakotas).
 
2021-02-27 3:10:38 PM  
Well, this sucks.
I didn't use our Family Video often but it was comforting to know it was there.
 
2021-02-27 3:22:06 PM  

CaptainFatass: I have to call a little bit of BS on this:

Not wanting to get into the politics of the pandemic, Hoogland took some issue with the classification of "essential" businesses. While millions of people can stream thousands of movies from their couch, Family Video provides people in small towns, where there's little to do and some can't afford Netflix, "essential" entertainment.

How much does it cost to rent a movie from a brick and mortar store? When Blockbuster was still around, if I recall correctly it was 4 or 5 bucks--and that was 15 years ago. How much is a monthly Netflix subscription?

The idea to have a pizza place in the same building so that customers could have pizza and a movie delivered was pretty good though.


At Family video new releases were like $3.50. After awhile they lowered the price down a dollar, and let you rent 3 or 5 days, instead of the one day rental. They also had .50 and $1 rentals. The .50 rentals you rent for a week. Kids and educational rentals were free. They also rented porn. They also had deals for candy and popcorn deals. If you rented enough movies, you could get half off movies for an entire month. I had a mile away from me a few years ago, but they decided to condense both Family Videos into one store. The Family Videos in my city were kind of in areas where they were more poor people. They did well in those areas.
 
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