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Cliffie wrote:
Two doors down from my office there is a Family Video outlet, and thank Scrod for it -- there's a large selection and many, many, many of the titles are 2 for $1 for 5 nights. But they are sorely lacking in older titles, especially the ones they now call classics -- old Monty Clift, Tracy & Hepburn, Shirley Temple, Bogey & Bacall or even John Waynely type of movies. Instead they have the 1,001 Night And A Night Of Found Footage/Unsteadicam Action Movies.


Stuff like that is why I haven't gone to Family Video in over a year.


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Bergerjacques wrote:
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The only thing I'm bringing to this conversation is that two locally-owned video rental places in the small towns near me are still doing good business.

I seem to remember you saying that internet service in your area was rather backward, with most people still having dial-up connections. Is that still the case? Because if it's outrageously difficult or expensive to get good broadband internet, then your local home-entertainment ecosystem looks a lot more like the one that video rental shops used to thrive in than it does the one where Blockbuster and Hollywood Video couldn't survive.


In my area, yes. My internet service provider is Exede Satellite. For $100+ a month, I get unbridled use of a whole 19 GB per month - no more. That's computer streaming, downloads, uploads, phone connection (because our cell phone tower is too obscured by the hills), and whatever I use Nintendo WiiU for. (Mostly as a desk.) Its pretty good unless I opt for 1080p viewing of programs - that's when the gigs get swallowed whole. (Not a big deal to watch things in "normal" DVD quality resolution.)
Kentucky has contracted with an Australian firm for fiber-optic systems to enable high speed internet, but that's not supposed to come around until 2017 or 18, and even then I'm not holding my breath for my particular location. I am not located in an area that would be a high priority as it does not connect to densely populated areas.
Carlisle, Kentucky is impoverished enough that we do have a local video rental business that provides a subsistence level living for one family.
The two I talk about are located in an area where prospects are significantly better. There is Time-Warner cable for the city and there are broadband options in most of the countryside. But it still requires a level of income that many rural dwellers - a substantial population at that - don't have. Its much cheaper to plunk down $85 for a serviceable dvd and $2 for a 4-5 day rental of one movie than spend $80-100 a month for internet access or hang out in the county public library to watch your $12 Netflix subscription from a free wifi hookup.


You live in Kentucky. Do you by any chance know the "thrillbillies" who run DeadPit Internet Radio?


Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:34 am
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I do now. Not personally, though. Look like a good bunch of fellers and I like the down-homey touch.

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TelstarMan wrote:
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I remember hearing that one of the reasons Blockbuster (and Hollywood Video and all the mom and pop stores) were able to make money renting VHS tapes out is that they cost 90 bucks new for the first year or so that the general home viewer would rather rent than buy.



If video stores are doing as badly as you seem to think, then how do you account for the continuing success of Family Video?


They rent out pornography, which Blockbuster and Hollywood Video refused to carry.


After reading this I searched the Family Video outlet two doors from my office. There's a video-game room and a whole big section of free kiddy vids, but no pron. :?:

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Apparently a few Blockbsuter franchises are still open:
http://www.blockbuster.com/franchise.html

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If video stores are doing as badly as you seem to think, then how do you account for the continuing success of Family Video?


Family Video owns their own buildings, & they rent out space to complementary businesses. Think of them not as a video store, but a real estate developer with a good strategy for getting related businesses in one place.


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