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      11-06-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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blockbuster shutting down

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/1...n_4226735.html

blockbuster closing its remaining stores and ending its mailing service. beaten down by netflix, video on demand, and torrents.

a real sign of the times, had plenty of blockbuster nights back in the day.

anyway, can't go wrong with torrents and peerblock (don't forget peerblock!!)
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Im surprised they lasted this long.
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Sounds like a Kodak moment (no pun intended).

These old giants, some of them adapt and some can't.

Blockbuster had a lot invested in hard media but who's to say that they couldn't have survived if they went to a Netflix-like streaming model?

I didn't even know they had a delivery service, where was the marketing at?!

But yeah, who rents movies from a store anymore when you have Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, etc., on every new TV and even $100 Blu-Ray players in case your TV doesn't have the internet capability.
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Im surprised they lasted this long.
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Family Video is still pretty heavy in Michigan and seems to do very well. I do love my torrents though.
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But yeah, who rents movies from a store anymore when you have Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, etc., on every new TV and even $100 Blu-Ray players in case your TV doesn't have the internet capability.
even without torrents, there's a ton of stuff online.

this morning i went to the cable company thinking of getting more channels. ended up getting faster internet (10mbit) at a promotional price, my monthly bill is actually cheaper now! the only channel i wanted that wasn't in my lineup was h2 (history international)... meh, most of their stuff is on youtube
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I don't have netflix...

I just torrent anything I feel like watching.
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I'm also kind of amazed that they lasted this long. They took so long to adapt to the new netflix and redbox marketplace that happened and when they did, they weren't the established brand anymore.
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Family Video is still pretty heavy in Michigan and seems to do very well. I do love my torrents though.
Never heard of Family Video.. And where is this Michigan place you speak of.. Is it a providence in Canada?
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Never heard of Family Video.. And where is this Michigan place you speak of.. Is it a providence in Canada?
Not sure where exactly its located, but I do know its burning down to the ground as we speak.
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Internet, streaming, downloading, that's all that will matter soon.

But, 10 Mbps download for internet is actually quite slow, at least for cable internet...

If cable was actually available on my street, I'd have 30 Mbps. More populated areas have upwards of 50 Mbps. Literally one street down (about a mile away), they have 30 Mbps cable internet available. But I live in a growing development, and they haven't had the economic motivation to build cable lines down my street yet.

If you go with Verizon Fios, the max is 75 Mbps. If you're lucky enough to have Google Fiber in your area (up to 1,000 Mbps), forget about it:

https://fiber.google.com/about/

Didn't mean to be off topic, that just stuck out to me. But I have shitty DSL, so I'm jealous of anything over my lowly 10 Mbps.
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They were still open??? I thought they went out of business years ago!

They arent very good at marketing themselves are they??

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Same thing with AOL for that matter. How the hell are they still around???
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We use to have blockbuster and we switch to netflix because I got tired of paying for my kids to go to blockbuster and rent $20 worth of video on the weekend so they can watch with their friends. Netflix even though the video quality can such sometime due to bandwidth issue, the kids can watch as much as they like and it does not cost me more than $8 a month and since the kids are not paying I do not care if they watch crap video. I grew of on VHS and talk about crap videos.
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blockbuster closing its remaining stores and ending its mailing service. beaten down by netflix, video on demand, and torrents.

a real sign of the times, had plenty of blockbuster nights back in the day.

anyway, can't go wrong with torrents and peerblock (don't forget peerblock!!)
Time to go buy some cheap Blu-ray discs.
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Family Video is still pretty heavy in Michigan and seems to do very well. I do love my torrents though.
Theres one Video store left in this town and its Family video. but this is an old hick town. Most ppl here dont have computers. lolz
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i see dvd rental kiosks at the supermarket here, the video store has gone out like the game arcade. there may be room for a few specialty/hobby shops but it's definitely out as a shopping center staple.
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Internet, streaming, downloading, that's all that will matter soon.

But, 10 Mbps download for internet is actually quite slow, at least for cable internet...

If cable was actually available on my street, I'd have 30 Mbps. More populated areas have upwards of 50 Mbps. Literally one street down (about a mile away), they have 30 Mbps cable internet available. But I live in a growing development, and they haven't had the economic motivation to build cable lines down my street yet.

If you go with Verizon Fios, the max is 75 Mbps. If you're lucky enough to have Google Fiber in your area (up to 1,000 Mbps), forget about it:

https://fiber.google.com/about/

Didn't mean to be off topic, that just stuck out to me. But I have shitty DSL, so I'm jealous of anything over my lowly 10 Mbps.
While having all the internet speed in the world is great, there are several ISPs that have started talking about putting a cap on that speed after XXGb of downloads. Much like the people that still have "unlimited data" on their cell phones, this too will be a throttled. There are some that are throttling people on various things already, VPNs, P2P stuff, etc. and it will only get worse as we move toward having more and more streaming; unless you want to pay for it.
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While having all the internet speed in the world is great, there are several ISPs that have started talking about putting a cap on that speed after XXGb of downloads. Much like the people that still have "unlimited data" on their cell phones, this too will be a throttled. There are some that are throttling people on various things already, VPNs, P2P stuff, etc. and it will only get worse as we move toward having more and more streaming; unless you want to pay for it.
i had 3mbit for almost 2 yrs and it was fine. actually i don't notice a difference when browsing the web. there are faster options, i just took the free upgrade. and it's steven seagal week on amchd so torrents are inactive. though faster internet is something to hinge your pride on: i lose

in other news, i spent $11 on a veggie salad today.
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We have something called Red Box. It's a vending machine for movies. There is one walking distance from my house. I think a movie costs $1.50 or so. Bargain.
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While having all the internet speed in the world is great, there are several ISPs that have started talking about putting a cap on that speed after XXGb of downloads. Much like the people that still have "unlimited data" on their cell phones, this too will be a throttled. There are some that are throttling people on various things already, VPNs, P2P stuff, etc. and it will only get worse as we move toward having more and more streaming; unless you want to pay for it.
That talk has been going on for years. I think they'd lose money if they did that and they know it, that's why so few of them have pulled the trigger on it. Unless ALL of the ISP's local to you did it, I'm certain most people would just jump ship to whoever didn't cap it, even if they suffered slower speeds. For the average user, a cap at say 50GB isn't a big deal, but I would think that companies like Netflix and Hulu would beg to differ.

Although, HughesNet satellite internet already does it. You're capped at 40GB total with their best plan. You get 20 "anytime bytes" that can be used any time of day. You get an extra 20 "bonus bytes" to use between certain hours (overnight). That's why their plan sucks and no one uses it. It would be a better (faster) option for me where I live, and if it wasn't capped I'd do it. But my usage far exceeds 40GB in a month...

I'm not talking about just surfing the web either hymen. You won't notice a speed difference surfing the web unless you're still on dial-up. If you have multiple people living in your home and you do any sort of internet gaming, streaming, and surfing, then you'll likely need more bandwidth. Especially if you do this at the same time as other people in the house. When I stay with my parents for a week or so, they have a slow, 6 Mbps download DSL connection. When my younger sister is streaming HD movies on Netflix, I might as well forget about trying to play any internet games without lag.
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