I got thinking about this when I read the news today that BestBuy would stop selling Blu-rays and DVD media in 2024. The story is from CNBC but I suspect that it applies to us here in Canada.
In the beginning, there were television stations from Wingham (Channel 8), London (Channel 10) and Kitchener (Channel 13) that we could totally rely on for good strong over the air signals. We watched what the programmers at the stations told us what we should. It did spawn the quote “There’s nothing on”.
Things sure have changed. Fast Forward …
Ah, but before BestBuy, there was Blockbuster. You could go in there and rent, not buy, a VCR tape or a game for your home system. It became a victim of technology and declared bankruptcy back in 2010.
Before that, it wasn’t uncommon to go to Blockbuster and rent a movie on VCR for the weekend or for a kid’s birthday party sleepover. The selection was overwhelming and I found it handy to know the name of the video I was going to rent before going in.
The yellow and blue logo sure stood out when you drove by and there were many, many stores. The company did try to keep up with the times and moved on from renting VCR tapes to other media.
It also started spinoffs because the ability to have a VCR on demand, pause for whatever reason, replay scenes, alternate endings, etc. that even the corner convenience stores offered them for rent.
We do live in a different world for entertainment these days. Let’s talk about it.
- were you a frequent visitor to Blockbuster for your video or gaming entertainment?
- if you were kind, what did you do?
- did it bother you that the company could track what movies you rented?
- sometimes, you just have to have your own copy – do you have purchased media from days gone by?
- will BestBuy stopping selling media affect you or your family?
- have you ever given a DVD or other media as a gift?
- now, you can access movies and shows online with a television to access the services. Do you pay for a service? Which one(s)?
- do you access free video on demand services like Plex on your television?
- do you even use a television or do you watch shows on your computing or portable device?
- now, you can record television using a PVR. Do you have a stockpile of things that you intend to watch? I just checked ours and I have 31 things to watch – movies, Formula 1, and a couple of television shows that we love – Law and Order SVU, Modern Family
- do you have any concerns about the modern alternatives tracking your viewing habits? Or, do you appreciate suggestions for what to watch next?
Things indeed have changed but Bruce Springsteen notes that some things remain the same.
Blockbuster helped change that.
As I ask every Sunday, how about sharing your thoughts about this in the comments below.
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