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Murdered by the internet
I like going renting films :(
They needed to market their online rental a bit more; it was pretty good in that you could swap between using the shop and the online system so if you had 4 discs a month you could get half from the actual shop if you wanted.
I feel responsible
More surprising - the article about it in the Standard yesterday said that Blockbuster still have something like 500 or 600 UK stores. HOW?
When I moved to Kentish Town in 2005 there was one on Kentish Town Road. It closed and they directed all the customers to the branch on Camden High Street. Then that closed and they directed all the customers to the one on Seven Sisters Road / just off Holloway Road. That's certainly convenient if you live in Camden Town and want to rent a movie on a whim!!!1one
"Blockbuster UK is no longer a part of the US business and has been for sale for a number of years with no prospective buyers."
TEARS. ACTUAL TEARS.
A short jaunt./
it was perfect apart from the fact I wouldn't feel like i'm living in london any more.
This is not just to Theo - in fact, I'd probably prefer it if Theo kept his thoughts on Crouch End to himself. I've never set foot in the place, but my lease is coming up and a few people have suggested it's a good place to look for somewhere to live
The Current Mrs Appleby lives there and it has a fine selection of boozeholes as well as all the shops you could ever need.
It's got some nice 'cafes' as well, apparently, but I try and avoid those.
In short: I like it.
so you are able to get on a decent form of transport if you need to.
Muswell Hill and Ally Pally are also close enough for a visit. Middle-Class to the max.
It's probably good if you're 30+.
ok, it's quite yummy mummy ish, but it's lovely and has good pubs and bars, nice places to eat and good transport.
Muswell Hill on the other hand manages simultaneously to be 1,000,000 times full of hideous guardian parents wheeling their squalling sexcrement around, and full of murdering teenaged stabbists. Fuck Muswell Hill.
lovefilm is equally rubbish but it pretends to have more than five films available (it never has them though, trying to get anything but adam sandler films from lovefilm is pointless)
blockbuster could have offered more choice to people
i'm a member of the video library in brick lane and there's usually a queue of about ten people every time i go. there obviously is a place for video shops, just that blockbuster didn't think ahead.
i do think it's really sad though, especially having grown up with it
and he watches the kind of wank that you like and he got loads every week coming in through the post. He never paid anything either, he just reused their trial offers for a year.
And Lovefilm is cheaper and has more of a variety than the ondemand services available
of sitting indoors like some kind of fat invalid and being sent stuff through the post and waiting for a computer to decide which dvd i can be sent now. it's depressing.
also, i had a free trial for a month, made a list of films, which they appeared to have only one copy of each, all reserved. that's shit.
i'd rather go to my local video shop and get films when i want them, and have a human being tell me whether a film is there or not and go out of their way to make sure i get to see it that week
but my mate was all organised like and had all these lists.
There is that really good place on Liverpool Road in Islington that we used to go to also which is good for finding films you actually want to see.
The Brick Lane one is near me but I haven't been inside.
You just have to market the store right.
Blockbuster didn't attempt to create a specific market.
but you're fucking mad to think that blockbuster etc is better than lovefilm. You lose the spontaneity of thinking "I want to go and get a dvd right now to watch tonight", but otherwise it's much better. I've never had any problems getting discs, I've got a longlist that I churn through and when I decide I want something in particular I make it high priority and 9 times out of 10 it's the next thing I get. The selection is both in theory and in practice far superior to the local video store (which I don't have anymore since the blockbuster on Uxbridge Road closed - was piss poor value as well as poor selection anyway). I've never had any faulty discs or anything, basically just get a constant stream of dvds for £15 a month. Physical stores are an anachronism with digital media - even lovefilm will eventually find that postal costs (and the waiting times for the postal service) are prohibitive and we'll just have download/streaming subscription services for the entire catalogue.
due to disputes with Warner and Fox who want to install a reverse-window, so they'll get films after the high street. Plus a ongoing battle with Universal over revenue share schemes (splitting profits rental profits). At present you can't rent any new release Universal films on there. Recently including Robin Hood, Kick-Ass, Green Zone and smaller titles too.
i tried to use auteurs streaming service, but the selection they have for the uk compared to the US is abysmal
studios perception was that companies were profiting too greatly from renting their titles. They increased premiums per disc or, as is the case with LoveFilm, are seeking a greater share of revenue accrued. Sure some resolution will be reached, but at present the studios aren't too delighted with LoveFilm.
in that I'm constantly denied getting what I want for months at a time but still have a lot of patience for it, until times like now when I actually think about it and get quite angry.
I still regularly used the Blockbuster on Uxbridge Road until maybe mid-2007. Now there was a crack team of not-stupid, hygienic counter staff...
every single disc was scratched.
I they have 4-5 stores around London. Definitely one on Ladbroke Grove.
I think part of Blockbusters problem was that it was still regarded as a 'video library'. Failed to modernise and become a leading specialist in the home entertainment sector for 21st century high street.
i used to use channel films in camden though
just you mentioned them always being busy. Was curious if it was the guys at Channel.
it was the only one.
it never had anything really.
And the cunts asked me to leave their Edmonton shop when I was 14.
My hex worked.
I was reply number 1, dammit! :'(
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have an espressa down the road, 99p 6hour rentals open 24/7.... bit like a vending machine! THATS RIGHT! If we come back stonking drunk at 4 and want to watch a specific film WE CAN :)
The biggest shame of all was when that little independent video rental place that was 'round the corner from my house shut down. There weren't any windows in the place because it was made up of walls of ancient tapes, with faded or bleached out covers. You could get some really neat boutique, arthouse films there, like Teen Witch and Wicked Stepmother. Killer.
surprisingly (and pleasingly) this lovely little place still exists (and seems to be doing well) near me:
i've been going there or the library instead of blockbusters for ever really...so not that gutted
To be honest, there's so many DVDs you can buy for £3 these days rental doesn't seem that appealing- particularly as the gap between films appearing in the cinema and being able to be bought on DVD is much shorter. (I remember waiting AGES for Jurassic Park to appear on video.)
Our local video place used to be called 'Hitz'. It was ace, lots of old skool Arnie films.
Plus, lots more people have premium movie channels now than even ten years ago, and Sky are willing to pay £££ to get films as soon as possible.
who can't afford, or would rather not pay the extortionate fees of Sky movie packages? Need a broader perspective.
which put countless independent video shops out of business in the first place. Biznuts is biznuts, and Lovefilm wins this round.
Awww sheeeeit, I just out-indied AND out-ruthless capitalism'd you all at the same time. I'm bad.
and this has been on the cards for quite a few years now. Blockbuster lost their identity, and stores needed modernisation investment. It's interesting that it's downfall has been attributed to online rentailers, here in the UK most difficulties have arisen on behalf of the studios.
We previously enjoyed a rental window before titles came to retail, but this was eroded by studios who insisted we pay a rental premium (about £30 a disc). Coupled with their affection for the supermarkets, thus driving the retail price lower, destroyed most of the rental market.
Global, Primetime, Apollo and Choices all went under because the studios perceived the rental market to be profiting too greatly from 'their films'. History is repeating with LoveFilm who are in dispute with Universal over revenue share schemes, hence why the likes of Robin Hood, Kick Ass, Green Zone etc aren't available for rental on LoveFilm.
was dodgy newsagents with a rental scheme that would make up for their losses to blockbuster by letting 10 year olds rent all the Van Damme and ninja movies they stocked.
the US still has quite a few indie stores that even have VHS as there's a big enough cult audience to keep that sort of thing alive there:
i'd love something like this in the UK. free beer tuesdays!
I remember getting a phonecall about 3 years ago from a branch somewhere in England about an overdue DVD I had. I've never used Blockbuster and had never been to the (now forgotten) town in question.
But I miss Vidz wot was on in the wee hours with the mad Welsh lads.
You could tell it didn't have the legs back then but they didn't seem to do anything to try and change the business. Shame.
and should have re-branded, becoming a specialist for home entertainment. We've diversified heavily into the Games market which is really strong right now.
Choices were actually a really good collection of stores. Weren't even running at a loss, just unfortunate the banks panicked and called in all their loans.
you live. doesn't happen here
i can't think of any good reason why someone would pay a few pounds for an illegal copy of a film when they could more easily and safely obtain an illegal copy for free
i guess the point about technological ineptitude holds, but very much within a particular age bracket - i don't know anyone under the age of 25 who wouldn't have at least some idea of how to go about downloading, and if they don't bother doing so it's because they're happy to pay full price or don't want to be involved in piracy at all
but diminished in many regions as FACT, Trading Standards and Police forces gradually got wise to familiar market destinations. Now illegal downloads is the largest culprit for vacuuming money straight from the film industry.
Physical formats now focusing on Blu Ray and 3D technology to keep one step ahead, but neither showing growth significant enough to sustain a chain like Blockbuster.
i don't post very often but this guy pops up every so often as i'm reading the boards.
just to clarify, he is a dick right?
and there was trade report earlier this week about fake websites, so criminals are quite probably moving away from market stalls or the pub walkarounds.
FACT definitely have more emphasis on downloads now. If anything the market in physical DVD piracy became saturated, so fake clothes or booze is probably more lucrative.
By the way, I wouldn't get tempted tampering with your console. Any problems neither XBox or Playstation will touch it.
within 2 years warranty. For a (usually reasonable) fee will repair a console or replace it with a reconditioned model. Just if your existing one has been chipped or tampered it's automatically voided and they'll refuse to assist you.
something about going (block) bust.
My girlfriend, a member, received a letter telling her the next nearest outlet was Southend! They must have forgotten the in Southgate.
I've never rented a film from Blockbuster...