Face-Off: Video Rental Shops vs. Streaming

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In the last decade, a lot of Video rental shops closed due to the increasing popularity of the streaming.

Do you prefer Video rental shops or Streaming?
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rocky-o

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video rental....
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Unfortunately, the physical format died very fast. In the late 2000s, it was still strong, but in less than 10 years all 4 video rental shops of my city closed.

Now, I'm feeling obsolete :( I witnessed flipping cellphones, I witnessed the end of video rental, I witnessed those huge computers, those so laggy laptops, and those CRT TV. I also saw my last VHS Player dying.

Nothing lasted long enough for me :(

#Nostalgia
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i hate to say it, but i lost black and white television...only three channels...rabbit ears...a dialing telephone attached to the wall...a world without videos..no cable..no computers....
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Video shops closed. Yes. But did you forget this?
Redbox offers movie lovers a convenient fix - News - GoUpstate
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That is so dead in my region, that it never really lived. The last one I have seen got removed in 2010.
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Do these places even exist anymore? The last ones I remember in my city closed their doors pre-2015.
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It doesn't exist anymore (in my region). The last one closed in January.
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cinephile,

FYI:
The World’s Last Blockbuster Overcame Netflix, Now It’s Surviving the Pandemic
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/05/blockbuster-video-store-surviving-pandemic-1202231221/

Also:
Family Video Movie Club Inc. is an American video rental chain located in the United States and Canada. The family-owned company is headquartered in Glenview, Illinois, and has approximately 550 stores in North America with the heaviest concentration in the Midwest.
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That's a cool story.

And the images did bring back good memories.
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Video rental!!
Nothing beats going into your local video store, smelling the candy, hearing the trailers on the T.V., seeing children skip up and down the aisles, until you find the movie you're looking for, then checking it out, and saying "Hi" to the person behind the counter...
but no, now we have to press: Rent: 3.99 :/

I'm lucky enough to still have one remaining store in my town, a pleasant Family Video, where the manager is quite a nice lady.
It is my plan to work there as soon as I can.  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6PBhdM9Ftg
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Streaming. Infinitely better choice. No late return fees or exorbitant replacement fees if the physical media is lost or damaged. No waiting for a copy on a week where the item renting has entered the rental market and the movie is a bit too popular.

No dealing with snot-nosed, judgmental store clerks who never wanted to work cashier at Blockbusters in the first place.
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And I used to think *I* was the worst misanthrope here. :D
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I generally don't get along with humans, but I always got along well with the staff (and owners, in the case of mom n pop places) of video rental stores.

Probably because I was a regular and spent a lot of $$$ there.

I am also very well liked at places that serve or sell alcohol.
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There is a third option -- DVD rental by mail, as in Netflix. Yes, I know, it's not even that big a business at Netflix anymore (167 million streaming subscribers, 2 million DVD-by-mail subscribers). But I'm particularly interested in watching older films, and the selection of older films on DVD is much deeper than the streaming selection.
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There is a multitude of other options, but I'm focusing on these two.
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i agree gromit...i just threw that in the 'rental' category....
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Good poll and tough choice. The convenience and cost of streaming is great but there was something so exciting about going to a video store and looking through all the titles and picking out the few you wanted the most. It made it more of a special event. Of course, always having films available whenever you want is really nice, too. 


I'd suggest removing the "the" before streaming

... the increasing popularity of the streaming. 

to

...the increasing popularity of streaming. 

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Corrected.
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Also add a discussion link.
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Lol, I'm always forgetting about that. I should stop making polls at midnight (Eastern time).
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well put fruit...it's like record shopping...amazon and discogs are convenient, but not as much fun as crate diving and finding something cool you weren't even expecting....

stay safe....
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'so true, rock! I'm a big believer in surprises: adulthood just doesn't have enough unless you create them or know where to look -- like record store crates. : )

'hope you're safe and well.


Oh, and cine -- I went through several months during which I kept forgetting the discussion link -- and it was after I had been making polls for about four years, lol. Every single time I made a poll, someone would have to remind me. I also tended to make my polls late at night. : )
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In India the video rental business never worked the way it was/is in western countries. Most of the shops used pirates copy instead of original DVD. These days if you buy a original movie Bluray DVD of 2160p 4K HDR quality it will cost at least 3,500 INR. Netflix has their 4K Dolby Vision Dolby Atmos plan in just 799 INR per month.

Why should I waste money buying DVD.

Also, in India, the piracy (Torrent Download) is not as strictly illigal as it is in USA. Government doesn't really care much for piracy. So, yea, almost everyone (well, at least a majority) in India use piracy websites for movie download.
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I was also a disbeliever in astronomy until I dug deeper into it... our signs and charts actually do affect us, to some degree.
All I know is that my sign is always spot-on - and never vague.  It doesn't apply to everyone.  Only me.
My mother is... how shall I say... a bit psychic?  :)  Not in a turban-wearing-crystal-ball-using-seance-doing way, she just has a natural gift.  She is not a carnival act and never charges money, lol.
She can "read" people she doesn't even know and get very specific, and she's always right.  She feels things very strongly.  

That being said, we are not controlled by such things and have the free will to make our own choices.  I do not believe in "luck," however, because there is literally no basis for it.  xD
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Umm... 


"I was also a disbeliever in astronomy until I dug deeper into it... our signs and charts actually do affect us, to some degree."
Do you mean astrology? You have the dang thing backwards. Astronomy is the real science.
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xD Sorry, I was quoting cinephile... he had it backwards, too, lol!
Although I must say that, if as I believe, there is something to the stars, then it is a science.  I do not believe in magic.  I believe "mystical" things are just as real as "normal" things.
So, in some ways (in my opinion), it is astronomy.

But, we are off the subject now. 
The point is, Rental Shops rule.  :P
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Oops, I noticed that. I probably type "astronomy" by reflex. Astronomy is a word that I'm more using in conversation than astrology.
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cinephile, I kinda like your rules, but the more you live, the more experiences pile up which does not add to those. Or at least that's my case. I am a weirdness magnet. 

As for astrology: it's at least way more grounded than many other esoteric practices. Considering many things are actually correlated with astronomical events and there is confirmed influences of things like solar radiation on the behaviour and health of people, it's not too much of stretch to try and suggest influence goes deeper. 
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The last time I use something kinda like a video rental was during a year in Spain where I studied a master. The library of my college had an enormous movie collection and I could take several weeks to see at home, I saw many jewels like that and it was a pleasure to be around there.

The advantages it had, it was free, it had a lot of classic and hard to find movies which for a movie lover is a treasure, and something lacking in every streaming service I know off.

However, that was a particular case, and the video rental shops I knew had usually new and popular movies, so it wouldn't have that advantage. Streaming is better for TV series also as a short time frame to return a whole season was out of the question for Me.
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2013 (from a Redbox) was likely the last time I rented physical media. Though, I'm sure the last time I used the mail-in Netflix subscription.
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'Fun discussion, by the way, so thanks for that, too.
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I used to love the video shop. You could wander through and just pick what you wanted to watch. I recently dumped all my streaming services because it would take so long to find something I wanted to watch, byt the time I found something, I'd lost interest. I wouldn't watch at least 90% of the online content (probably 99% for netflix) if it was on free to air, so why pay for access to a bunch of rubbish I'm never going to watch? I'd rather subscribe to a pay per view model than a monthly subscription. 
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Exactly.  There's very little on NetFlix I watch; I only get a free trial every year or so to catch up on Stranger Things, xD, and that's about it.
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I prefer video rental shops, but "very little" is not the right word to describe Netflix. Honestly, you have to dig deeper than their homepage.

In Canada:
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10 films of Charles Chaplin

11 films of François Truffaut

5 films of David Lynch

The Three: Colors trilogy

1 film of Hayao Miyasaki

There are also international movies:

The 12th Man 

Burning

PK

Three Idiots

Andhadhun

The Guilty

The Interview

Mom

Contratempio
etc.

Classics:

Gone with the Wind

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The Godfather

Pulp Fiction

Se7en

Indiana Jones saga

Lawrence of Arabia

Midnight Express

Schindler's List

Citizen Kane

Funny Girl


I'm not aware of what you currently have in the USA, but according to my experience, you have even more titles.