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Old 04-06-11, 07:26 AM
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Re: Dish Network to buy Blockbuster for $228 million

Awesome. I can definitely see more DVD Bargains after this.
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Re: Dish Network to buy Blockbuster for $228 million

Shouldn't this be in the "Stores" forum?
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Well, that sounds like a bargain price for Blockbuster!
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there is no future for brick and mortar services for this kind except in the boonies where its business as usual for the next 100 years just like the last 100 years. just about everyone else has bandwidth and hence will go the streaming way or any other digital way as opposed to disc media. The discerning crowd never went to blockbuster - they got their fix from Netflix. the run of the mill stuff is available for a buck at redbox kiosks which have stolen the thunder from BB. In this current economy with high gas prices and higher priced consumables, no one in their right frame of mind will plunk down $5 for a rental by driving to a store. Its 'on demand' from Netflix and their kind.

Where does BB's B&M business model fit into this lifestyle ? Except for a few scattered stores in the remote areas. This will not only hurt disc rental stores like BB but also Disc retailing like the other BB, which is also on a downsizing mission. If BB had seen this coming and were run by smart people, they would have reorged better but they seem to be run by morons with no clue about today's home enterntainment requirements.
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Re: Dish Network to buy Blockbuster for $228 million

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but they seem to be run by morons with no clue about today's home enterntainment requirements.
I was an assistant manager at a Blockbuster store in 1990. They were always run by morons.
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^You're referring to home office, of course, not local management
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I was an assistant manager at a Blockbuster store in 1990.
This explains a lot.
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there is no future for brick and mortar services for this kind except in the boonies where its business as usual for the next 100 years just like the last 100 years. just about everyone else has bandwidth and hence will go the streaming way or any other digital way as opposed to disc media. The discerning crowd never went to blockbuster - they got their fix from Netflix. the run of the mill stuff is available for a buck at redbox kiosks which have stolen the thunder from BB. In this current economy with high gas prices and higher priced consumables, no one in their right frame of mind will plunk down $5 for a rental by driving to a store. Its 'on demand' from Netflix and their kind.

Where does BB's B&M business model fit into this lifestyle ? Except for a few scattered stores in the remote areas. This will not only hurt disc rental stores like BB but also Disc retailing like the other BB, which is also on a downsizing mission. If BB had seen this coming and were run by smart people, they would have reorged better but they seem to be run by morons with no clue about today's home enterntainment requirements.
What happens when ISPs start capping and content providers start wanting to take more of the pie?
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Will Amazon price match this?
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Re: Dish Network to buy Blockbuster for $228 million

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I was an assistant manager at a Blockbuster store in 1990. They were always run by morons.
Welcome to retail.
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Re: Dish Network to buy Blockbuster for $228 million

Originally Posted by laidbacklarkin View Post
There is no future for brick and mortar services for this kind except in the boonies....just about everyone else has bandwidth and hence will go the streaming way or any other digital way as opposed to disc media....no one in their right frame of mind will plunk down $5for a rental by driving to a store....Its 'on demand' from Netflix and their kind....Where does BB's B&M business model fit into this lifestyle?
While on the surface, I would agree with you, I have to believe that a big company like Dish has some plan on how they are going to re-invent the old, tired BB model. They couldn't have paid $230 Million for a buggy whip company.

I'm reserving judgement until I see what they've got up their sleeve.
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Originally Posted by laidbacklarkin View Post
there is no future for brick and mortar services for this kind except in the boonies where its business as usual for the next 100 years just like the last 100 years. just about everyone else has bandwidth and hence will go the streaming way or any other digital way as opposed to disc media. The discerning crowd never went to blockbuster - they got their fix from Netflix. the run of the mill stuff is available for a buck at redbox kiosks which have stolen the thunder from BB. In this current economy with high gas prices and higher priced consumables, no one in their right frame of mind will plunk down $5 for a rental by driving to a store. Its 'on demand' from Netflix and their kind.

Where does BB's B&M business model fit into this lifestyle ? Except for a few scattered stores in the remote areas. This will not only hurt disc rental stores like BB but also Disc retailing like the other BB, which is also on a downsizing mission. If BB had seen this coming and were run by smart people, they would have reorged better but they seem to be run by morons with no clue about today's home enterntainment requirements.

except that the netflix streaming selection is pretty bad and stuff is always being taken away due to rights expiring. and the price will go up once the true bandwidth costs are charged by Level 3 after their current contract expires and netflix gets access to more media
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except that the netflix streaming selection is pretty bad and stuff is always being taken away due to rights expiring. and the price will go up once the true bandwidth costs are charged by Level 3 after their current contract expires and netflix gets access to more media

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