The Decline of Blockbuster...What Happened?


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  • Mark Menning
    Mark Menning  1 hours back

    I miss being able to go in there

    • Chubby Dubby
      Chubby Dubby  1 days back

      You should do a video on Redbox

      • Ol Gra
        Ol Gra  2 days back

        I remember blockbuster for 2 movies that i rented only .The third time i went to that store they did not want to sell me the movie because my membership was expired.

        • Jan Hoyle
          Jan Hoyle  3 days back

          We went all the time. Then it closed. But it was a hassle to get them back the next day. Netflix was so much better.

          • Ravenlife 1372
            Ravenlife 1372  4 days back

            Cable/satellite TV are on their way out next

            • Tom Elliott
              Tom Elliott  5 days back

              The fact that Netflix started with DVDs and didn't have an ageing catalogue of VHS tapes to replace probably played a small role, too?

              • WasifBoomz
                WasifBoomz  5 days back

                I wasn't born when they were doing well, and they went bankrupt not too long after, so I can't say anything really.

                • Ernesto Lombardo
                  Ernesto Lombardo  5 days back

                  How much time did a client spend at a Blockbuster store on average per visit? I would imagine 20 and 30 minutes.
                  I remember spending an hour or more there sometimes, going slowly through the shelves in search of obscure gems.
                  This was in Mexico, where the federal government subsidized the production of many foreign and classic films on videocassette, so there was always a section with Eisenstein and Tarkovsky, Kurosawa and Satyajit Ray.
                  Then in the regular genre sections there were many excellent films that had fallen through the cracks at the box office, titles like Go Tell The Spartans (war drama), The Conqueror Worm (horror drama) and The Hidden (sci fi thriller), I was always on the lookout for those. Then Netflix came along with a selection of DVDs that was beyond astonishing (I live in a border town, with a PO Box on the USA side for just this sort of purpose). Just when I thought I'd never find them, here they were: My Dinner With Andre, Battle Royale, Cobra Verde, Death In Venice, Hana-Bi, Women In Love... all selections that were difficult to obtain for a long time, then readily available, now difficult again... oh, and series like The Sopranos, Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica and Northern Exposure.

                  • Ben and Natalie Mason
                    Ben and Natalie Mason  6 days back

                    There is only 1 blockbuster in Bend, Oregon.

                    • lost IT
                      lost IT  6 days back

                      you should check out family video

                      • Will
                        Will  6 days back

                        I LOVE this channel!

                        • david fitzpatrick
                          david fitzpatrick  1 weeks back

                          The reason Alaska is popular with Blockbuster is because in Alaska you CANT GET WIFI WHICVH IS SOMETHING NETFLIX NEEDS!

                          • Jonathan Gillis
                            Jonathan Gillis  1 weeks back

                            I miss renting movies. It was the adventure ad a kid to ride ky bike to store ajd get a movie and treats... Nowadays kids dont want to leave the house unless they have a device and wifi ......whats happening ???

                            • Impish Misconception
                              Impish Misconception  1 weeks back

                              I really miss Blockbuster. Like you said in your video it was an experience. I still remember the way the Blockbuster that I used to go to smelled. I remember as a kid wanting to work there as an adult not knowing what would happen to it... I do miss the experience of looking around and seeing what the new releases were and seeing all the candies and popcorn... Ugh I feel so old now.

                              • Mordecai Goldbergmanstein

                                I think critical copied you

                                • jhansolo
                                  jhansolo  1 weeks back

                                  Lol I think he ended up here not long ago. Considering this poped up in my recommended it's probably not the worst

                              • Felecia Grasty
                                Felecia Grasty  1 weeks back

                                Believe it or not, we still have a Family Video in my town! I still rent there too! 😂

                                • Hector Benavides
                                  Hector Benavides  1 weeks back

                                  Can you make a video of Uhaul

                                  • Savageb
                                    Savageb  1 weeks back

                                    And now netflix became the first mpaa streaming service

                                    • John F
                                      John F  1 weeks back

                                      Blockbuster was basically killed by ENRON

                                      • WackyFilms
                                        WackyFilms  1 weeks back

                                        Aah the memories of stealing my parents money

                                        • LoyalHufflepuff
                                          LoyalHufflepuff  1 weeks back

                                          Also, BB didn't own their stores unlike Family Video so ironically, BB fell due to the very thing they provided: rent.

                                          • Ryan 64 Teresa p.
                                            Ryan 64 Teresa p.  2 weeks back

                                            Netflix is what happened

                                            Jeez I’m late

                                            • DominoPerson 5
                                              DominoPerson 5  2 weeks back

                                              Can’t believe there’s only 1 left :( I loved blockbuster when I was a little kid

                                              • Claudia XO
                                                Claudia XO  2 weeks back

                                                Blockbuster was def an experience. My mom would take us to rent movies all the time and as a kid it was a blast!! Blockbuster takes me back to my childhood. Also they had an insane selection of movies. From really old ones to the latest ones and Netflix or red box don’t. I miss blockbuster 😭💖

                                                • Gordie Wilson
                                                  Gordie Wilson  2 weeks back

                                                  I Miss Blockbuster

                                                  • Kenneth Weaver
                                                    Kenneth Weaver  2 weeks back

                                                    The difference would be Reed Hastings.

                                                    • Kelly Murtha
                                                      Kelly Murtha  2 weeks back

                                                      I loved blockbuster :(

                                                      • GOTH DOPE420
                                                        GOTH DOPE420  2 weeks back

                                                        Rip blockbuster 1985-2010

                                                        • Caulifla And Kale
                                                          Caulifla And Kale  2 weeks back

                                                          Streaming Movies as soon as they release is shockingly a good idea despite the fact it would ruin movie theaters.

                                                          • 村上詩織
                                                            村上詩織  2 weeks back

                                                            Nice to meet you. In Japan, we still have video and DVD rental store because they are very popular for CD rentals.

                                                            • Xen Xander
                                                              Xen Xander  3 weeks back

                                                              Shaq on the "Sell-ticks"? I'm pretty sure you pronounce it 'KEL-ticks". historically, Celts is pronounced "kelts".. like kilt.. So you seem to be wrong, here.

                                                              • Ryan Harris
                                                                Ryan Harris  3 weeks back

                                                                When I was young I thought working at blockbuster would be the greatest job in the world!

                                                                • islandboy4445
                                                                  islandboy4445  3 weeks back

                                                                  Is anyone else unreasonably bothered by the pronunciation of the years between 2000 and 2010?? Lol

                                                                  Great video though. ❤️👍

                                                                  • Spongebob
                                                                    Spongebob  3 weeks back

                                                                    Uhm, I also went to Hollywood movies ☺

                                                                    • Karen Lewis
                                                                      Karen Lewis  3 weeks back

                                                                      I cried the day Blockbuster closed. I still have my membership card, which I got before I even had a driver's license.

                                                                      • HEY HEY HEY Hey
                                                                        HEY HEY HEY Hey  3 weeks back

                                                                        2019: Marvel makes captain marvel and puts blockbuster in because it's the 1990s

                                                                        • masterlee13
                                                                          masterlee13  3 weeks back

                                                                          Red Box, Netflix, Convenience stores that offered movie rentals and of course anything the internet offered. Also Blockbuster's ridiculous late fees.

                                                                          • Michael Rodriguez
                                                                            Michael Rodriguez  3 weeks back

                                                                            What killed Blockbuster was DVD. In the VHS era, there was a thing called 'rental windows'. This was post-theatrical release, but before the title hit store shelves for public purchase. During the rental window, VHS titles cost around $100 per tape. Mom and pop stores would buy maybe a dozen if they were larger stores, but Blockbuster could buy tens of thousands of copies, getting them a Steep discount from the studios. They put thousands of small stores out of business because they could rent titles cheaper due to their discounts. Eventually (about 6 months later) the title would be publicly released. At that time the title would drop to around $20.

                                                                            How DVD broke Blockbuster is that with DVD, the movie studios decided to eliminate the rental window. They wanted the public to accept this new disc format and they figured that titles coming out on DVD faster would gain the public interest and make people try out the new format. It worked. DVDs hit the market immediately with the $20 price point. Anyone could buy DVD, including rental stores, for $20/copy. It leveled the playing field that Blockbuster was using to eliminate all the competition. Netflix was able to take advantage of the DVD format. Blockbuster, the corporation that put thousands of small rental stores out of business using its deeper pockets, was put out of business by a cheaper product.

                                                                            • Wariobros194
                                                                              Wariobros194  3 weeks back

                                                                              i miss Blockbuster. I brought Minecraft for the first time, i rented other games and i used to love looking at the movies.

                                                                              • Samuel Coe
                                                                                Samuel Coe  3 weeks back

                                                                                Very informative, I’ve been saying for years they did not make the transition to streaming fast enough but it seems it wasn’t true, it was their entire business model.

                                                                                I would have loved it if they bought Netflix because it would have allowed at least a few of their stores to still be around. It was a great novelty and experience going to a store and choosing your own film/game to rent (although this would not have been their main income, I feel enough people would have supported them to survive if they offered to collect the films via pushbike).

                                                                                • Talk ID
                                                                                  Talk ID  3 weeks back

                                                                                  i can make it happen again, blockbuster and netflix busines model is easy and noone doing it, only netflix started doin it just recently

                                                                                  • alleycatalog
                                                                                    alleycatalog  3 weeks back

                                                                                    They didn't see the writing on the wall like all of the other companies that didn't want to go online.

                                                                                    • Juan Rodriguez
                                                                                      Juan Rodriguez  3 weeks back

                                                                                      🅱️ E A N S N I G G A

                                                                                      • flowerpink33
                                                                                        flowerpink33  3 weeks back

                                                                                        I miss this place

                                                                                        • Beauty on a Barn Budget

                                                                                          Blockbuster DID have a subscription option

                                                                                          • Emma Young
                                                                                            Emma Young  4 weeks back

                                                                                            And now there's only one location in the whole world

                                                                                            • Emma Young
                                                                                              Emma Young  4 weeks back

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                                                                                              • Owen Rohm
                                                                                                Owen Rohm  4 weeks back

                                                                                                You forgot about a major player in this story, the tru next step from blockbuster and netflix, its redbox