Let's face it, ya'll: video rental kiosks are TOO nice. If they force video rental stores out of business, who will judge me for my awful taste in movies and recommend something more obscure for me to try? The public service that is the snarky video clerk cannot be mimicked by even the most well-programmed software. It looks like that'll soon be all we have, though.
Today, Dish Network, Blockbuster Video’s parent company, announced that they’d be shutting down 300 Blockbuster stores within the next few weeks. After that, there’ll only be 500 of them left in the United States (kiosk and DVD-by-mail service will continue). 500! Does anyone else remember when Blockbusters were as plentiful as Starbucks? Here’s the most depressing part of all this: 3,000 employees will be without work.
“We continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand and we will continue to analyze store level profitability and — as we have in the past — close unprofitable stores,” Dish Network’s John Hall tells ABC News. “Some of the approximately 300 stores are reaching the end of their lease and others are closing based on overall performance.”
I’d like to give props to the indie video stores still operating in this awful climate. My favorite, Louisville, KY’s Wild And Wooly Video, continues to thrive despite the industry’s decline; if you’re ever in the area, you MUST stop by for a look (a Kizito Cookie, too). Readers: feel free to use the comments section to plug your favorite indie video store.
The good old days:
I wonder what Buster Sales thinks of today’s announcement: