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Will Video Stores Survive After DVD?

Old 09-09-09, 11:55 AM
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Will Video Stores Survive After DVD?

In the next few years will video stores get rid of all of their DVDs and replace them Blu-ray? Will they just shut their doors because of the costs involved in replacing their stock with Blu-ray?

I still recall several of the ma & pa video stores going out of business during the late nineties while the video business was in a lull. VHS had leveled off and DVD hadn't quite caught on.

The larger chains with the deeper pockets got rid of their VHS titles around 2003 replacing some of the more popular library titles but focused mostly on new releases. The selection of DVDs compared to VHS had diminished considerably during the transition.

With the video store model fading out with cheap kiosks and practical downloading on the horizon, will we be seeing the last of the video stores?

Will they stick around to switch to all-Blu-ray or just call it quits?
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Old 09-09-09, 12:20 PM
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Re: Will Video Stores Survive After DVD?

They aren't going to switch completely. VHS was still for rent in big chain stores until recently with some still offering them. Hollywood in my area sold them off only a couple years ago and Blockbuster did the same.

Blu-ray hasn't come close to replacing anything yet and if it manages to replace DVD, it's still got a long way to go.
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Old 09-09-09, 12:45 PM
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Re: Will Video Stores Survive After DVD?

My answers in bold:

In the next few years will video stores get rid of all of their DVDs and replace them Blu-ray? No. There won't be enough Blu-Ray titles to warrant a 100% switch

Will they just shut their doors because of the costs involved in replacing their stock with Blu-ray?Not yet, but they may close due to competition from Netflix, online and downloads

With the video store model fading out with cheap kiosks and practical downloading on the horizon, will we be seeing the last of the video stores?Yes

Will they stick around to switch to all-Blu-ray or just call it quits?They will call it quits
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Old 09-09-09, 02:01 PM
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Re: Will Video Stores Survive After DVD?

You lost me at "after DVD".

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Old 09-10-09, 01:48 AM
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Re: Will Video Stores Survive After DVD?

I would say you will see an eventual downfall of video stores. As we sit here with out blu rays, and our netflix streams....we are the minority. The average consumer does not have a blu ray player nor do they stream media with a netflix ready device. Until these things are named the standard, we will still see video stores. But yea maybe in 5-10 years you will see video stores gone and a lot more streaming

but on that note. will we even see Movie sections in stores like best buy once streaming takes over....stick that in your pipe and smoke it
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