Competition is welcome but I think Block Buster is going the way of MySpace. Yea it was once a hit and had a good business plan but times change and to me their time has passed.
Netflix is the new kid on the block just like Facebook out did MySpace.
I think netflixs should add games to there disk rental service, because people who want both movies and games usally have subscribe to gamefly and netflixs. If netflixs offers games as a option when selecting what service a person wants they may be able to make some extra cash by taking some gamefly subcribers and making it easier for those people who want both.
There are no physical blockbuster locations near me anymore they all closed down. So personally I am not really interested in there service. Of course I don't have Netflix either...
The Blockbuster name carries a stigma of out of control late fees and exorbitant penalties with it. Dish should consider changing that name to neutralize that.
I'll ignore ANY offer to do business with Blockbuster in any way for as long as I live, because I never forget. (and Blockbuster sux)
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
There is really no need for the good old disk movies anymore, just like how people are saying there are less people buying games in store. Movie downloads i can stand, game downloads... i can't lol that urge to just play it! :D
I have one store near me in Ukiah, CA, and two Kiosks, one in Safeway in Ukiah and one in Safeway in Willits. The store in Ukiah is clearing out everything, and as far as I know is closing, though according the Blockbuster Web Site it's still business as usual in the Ukiah store.
There were two in our town, but now there is only one. Their game selection is terrible, they usually only have one copy, no matter which game and it's always gone. With the 7-day game rentals they should really have more copies than that. It's pretty frustrating. We have had to go to "Rogers Video" instead, and I hate supporting that company!
Either way I won't be sad if the other store closes here.
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I decide to try out blockbusters online game rental, because i used to love going to blockbusters as a kid when their prices were more reasonable and loved getting those rent one get one free coupons (aswell sometimes they forget to scan games so free games for me). Fifteen dollars a month for 2 disc didnt seem to bad of a deal, but probably 75% of the games have a wait less and most of them are months long. I rented mafia 2 and batman arkham asylum, mafia 2 played perfectly and enjoyed it alot, batman kept freezing so i sent it back and they sent me a copy that didnt play at all and had a a huge scratch so i sent it back (hopefully third times the charm). Still have a 30 day trial so i am not to upset, but i hope they recover and improve on their online service, because i still like blockbuster and dont want to see netflixs be the only major rental place.
I own a few shares of Netflix stock and recently with the price hike and the economy they have gone way down. Honestly, I would love to see Blockbuster make it's way out of this hole it has found itself in and hopefully with some restructuring from Dish they can improve their service and gain some value. The way I would like to see this play out is now that Dish owns Blockbuster and since, unlike Netflix they rent video games as well it might pressure Netflix to reduce it's prices and possibly make a move toward offering games with a purchase of Gamefly. I don't know it's all speculation, since GameFly is a privately owned company which rents games and not movies and Netflix is the opposite in order for them to compete with a reinvigorated Blockbuster it seems possible.
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