Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Greg Goodsell

11/7/2013 (8 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Internet streaming, Redbox spelled the end for conventional movie rentals

Video killed the radio star? How about: Internet killed the video star? That bastion of home entertainment, after limping for several years, is officially giving up the ghost. All Blockbuster Video store chains will close shortly, if they haven't already, corporate spokespeople say.

Putting many mom-and-pop stores out of business, the stores generally catered to a 'blockbuster mentality.' Hit releases filled shelves by the dozens, but independent and foreign-language films could be hard to come by.

Putting many mom-and-pop stores out of business, the stores generally catered to a "blockbuster mentality." Hit releases filled shelves by the dozens, but independent and foreign-language films could be hard to come by.

Highlights

By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/7/2013 (8 months ago)

Published in Movies

Keywords: Blockbuster Video, rentals, Redbox, streaming, closures


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Big yellow and blue Blockbuster Video stores was at one time the unquestioned king of the movie-rental business. Stores were in every shopping district and strip mall.

"Making it a Blockbuster evening," usually meant couples and families lining up for the latest releases on the weekends. Long lines of people would fill the store in search of the just-released hit movie, only to be told that it would be all rented out. Disappointed, consumers would settle for some second-string offerings instead.

Here comes that thing they call the Internet: people can stream the top films into their own homes for a small fee, ending the need to step out of the house. Everyone gets to see the movie of their choice, when they want - the state stated aim of the home entertainment business.

In response, DISH Network, which purchased Blockbuster in 2011, announced it was closing the chain's 300 remaining U.S.-based retail stores, in addition to its distribution centers.

"Consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," DISH president and CEO Joseph P. Clayton said in the press release about the closures.

Blockbuster will not be totally extinct: the company will continue its Blockbuster @Home brand to DISH customers, as well as its Blockbuster On Demand streaming service. An additional 50 Blockbuster stores - not owned by DISH will remain open, for the time being.

Done in by Netflix, streaming video and a world of Internet options, many iconic Blockbuster Stores are conspicuous by their emptiness in desolate shopping centers across the nation. At its peak in 2004, Blockbuster had more than 9,000 stores.

In their defense, Blockbuster Stores were clean and family-friendly, a corporate response to the mom-and-pop video stores that were jury-rigged and unprofessional. Blockbuster Video made sure that adult - i.e., triple-X pornography was never allowed in their shops.

"They really standardized video rental in general," Dan Herbert, author of the forthcoming book "Videoland" and a film professor at the University of Michigan says.

Putting many mom-and-pop stores out of business, the stores generally catered to a "blockbuster mentality." Hit releases filled shelves by the dozens, but independent and foreign-language films could be hard to come by. The stores wouldn't carry NC-17 films at all.

At its most odious, however, Blockbuster Video would dictate the freedom of filmmakers as to what kinds of pictures they could make. The chain's standards were seen by some as arbitrary. Many smaller filmmakers would see their humble efforts tossed aside by the chain, meaning that their films were denied an audience in areas without independent video stores.

Therefore, it's conceivable that many tears will NOT be shed with the demise of Blockbuster, who at times actively pursued a "book burning - without fire" policy.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Movies

Asian-Pacific actor and 'Die Hard' star James Shigeta dies at 81 Watch

Image of Actor James Shigeta as he appeared in his first major screen role,

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Actor James Shigeta, whose most recent high-profile acting role was in the original "Die Hard" entry, has passed away at the age of 81. Shigeta was a highly active Asian-American actor who paved the way for others, and had a 50-year-plus career that stretched ... continue reading


'Transformers: Age of Extinction' battering the box office - in China Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The "Transformers" film series in the U.S., is based on a childhood toy favorite where ordinary, commonplace things such as trucks turn into giant robots to do battle. Aimed at children, "Transformers" films are aimed mainly at children and are booked in stadium ... continue reading


Relativity Studio's Family Friendly 'Earth to Echo' (In theaters Nationwide July 2) will entertain kids of all ages, and provide lots of laughs for parents too!

Image of Earth to Echo will entertain the whole family!

By Donald Clark

Relativity Studio's Family Friendly "Earth to Echo" (In theaters Nationwide July 2) will entertain kids of all ages, and provide lots of laughs for parents too! We had an opportunity to pre-screen Earth to Echo with 350 children and their parents at the TLC theatre in ... continue reading


Cop comedy '22 Jump Street' takes box office by storm Watch

Image of The comically inept cop comedy duo of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In spite of the World Cup and the Stanley Cup finals dominating TV airwaves this past weekend, it didn't keep film fans from heading to the theaters in droves. The nation's pick for top flick? The rowdy cop comedy "22 Jump Street," which grossed an impressive ... continue reading


No one ever dies in science-fiction: Sigourney Weaver to return for 'Avatar' sequels Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

No character that ever died in a blockbuster motion picture can never be ruled out for resurrection for the inevitable sequel or sequels. Such is the case with actress Sigourney Weaver. "Avatar" director says that Weaver will be back before cameras for all ... continue reading


Latest Disney movie performs 'Maleficent'-ly at box office Watch

Image of This time, evil queen Maleficent - as played by Angelina Jolie, tells her side of the popular bedtime tale.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The motion picture-going public loves a villain on the big screen - and to that end, lines wrapped around theaters to see "Maleficent," Walt Disney's new take on their "Sleeping Beauty" story. This time, evil queen Maleficent - as played by Angelina Jolie, ... continue reading


Can't say no to the Big Green Lizard: 'Godzilla' conquers box office Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Godzilla" roared into theaters last weekend, and predictably, moviegoers couldn't say no. The iconic monster movie opened to a worldwide box office take of $196.2 million. As a result, response to Jon Hamm's sports drama "Million Dollar Arm" was soft. LOS ... continue reading


Eighties classics on tap from Netflix, Amazon Prime for the Month of May Watch

Image of Eighties movie classics such as

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The month of May will have many movie fans breaking out such slogans as "fer sure!" and "tubular!" Eighties classics such as "Adventures in Babysitting" and "The Big Chill" are coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime this month. In preparation of the new "Godzilla" ... continue reading


JUST LIKE OLD TIMES! Hans, Luke and Leia to return in forthcoming 'Star Wars' epic Watch

Image of The rather tall gentleman in this picture is Peter Mayhew, who wore the scorching hot Chewbecca outfit in the original

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's exciting - it will be just be like old times in a galaxy, far, far away! Han, Luke and Leia, the heroes of the original "Star Wars" in 1977 are onboard to appear in the forthcoming "Star Wars; Episode VII." Furthermore, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and ... continue reading


15 Movies You Should Watch When You Turn 50 Watch

Image of

By Deal W. Hudson

To put it bluntly, there are some books we shouldn't try to read when we are young because, first, we won't really understand them, and, second, having read them we will very likely never read them again, and it's later on in life when we recognize why they are ... continue reading


All Movies News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 26:1-9
1 At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 69:6, 8-10, 14
6 Those who hope in you must not be made fools of, ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:54-58
54 and, coming to his home town, he taught the people ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 1st, 2014 Image

St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori
August 1: Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and the founder of the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter