Jump to content

      













Photo
- - - - -

Blockbuster Canada in receivership


  • Please log in to reply
134 replies to this topic

#81 Sparky

Sparky

    GET OFF MY LAWN

  • Moderator
  • 10,604 posts

Posted 11 September 2011 - 07:12 PM

^ Hmmm, well if no one wastes money on them, they won't get made anymore...


It is within your lifetime that movies only could be seen at movie theaters. The industry survived under that business model.

#82 jklymak

jklymak
  • Member
  • 3,514 posts

Posted 11 September 2011 - 08:16 PM

^ Yes, of course they did, because that was the only place you could see movies w/o commercials and with any sort of fidelity. Now that everyone can watch on a 42" screen with decent stereo, there is a lot less call to go out.

#83 LJ

LJ
  • Member
  • 9,179 posts

Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:20 PM

I find there is enough movies to watch on HBO, Movie Central etc. that I have never rented a dvd. (I have two nice blu-ray players that I have never used.) I look ahead a week or so on the guide and PVR any that look interesting and then watch them at my leisure.

Most of them are in HD with surround sound and I have found the video/sound quality just fine.

Every once in awhile we will look at a VOD offering that interests us and purchase it.
Life's a journey......so roll down the window and enjoy the breeze.

#84 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:49 PM

HDTV and VOD is usually Dolby Digital 5.1, same as on DVD. Better than Nefflix sound quality by quite a bit, and definitely better picture quality than DVD.

But there's a clear difference when you move up to Blu-ray.

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#85 Holden West

Holden West

    Va va voom!

  • Member
  • 9,058 posts

Posted 18 September 2011 - 02:47 PM

Picked up a few DVDs at the Fort and Foul Bay Blockbuster. Sale ends October 1 or when stock runs out.
"Beaver, ahoy!""The bridge is like a magnet, attracting both pedestrians and over 30,000 vehicles daily who enjoy the views of Victoria's harbour. The skyline may change, but "Big Blue" as some call it, will always be there."
-City of Victoria website, 2009

#86 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 18 September 2011 - 03:37 PM

I almost never watch movies more than once, just doesn't make sense for me to buy them.

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#87 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:54 AM

I popped into Blockbuster today but my coffee was burning my hand so I didn't stay long.

Looking pretty bare in there. Something sad about walking into a store that's on its last legs.


This is why you always burn a copy of the movie you rent. The store you rent it from will at some point go out of business and you'll end up having to resort to downloading it illegally anyway :P

Kidding, of course ;)

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#88 VicHockeyFan

VicHockeyFan
  • Suspended User
  • 52,121 posts

Posted 22 September 2011 - 12:10 PM

Interesting story (from 2003) about the guy that started Blockbuster, how he came up with the concept, which is really kinda simple.

http://money.cnn.com...47314/index.htm
<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em><span style="color:rgb(40,40,40);font-family:helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">"I don’t need a middle person in my pizza slice transaction" <strong>- zoomer, April 17, 2018</strong></span></em></span>

#89 Mike K.

Mike K.
  • Administrator
  • 50,911 posts

Posted 22 September 2011 - 01:50 PM

I canceled my Netflix subscription today.

Know it all.
Citified.ca is Victoria's most comprehensive research resource for new-build homes and commercial spaces.


#90 Sparky

Sparky

    GET OFF MY LAWN

  • Moderator
  • 10,604 posts

Posted 22 September 2011 - 02:19 PM

Interesting story (from 2003) about the guy that started Blockbuster, how he came up with the concept, which is really kinda simple.

http://money.cnn.com...47314/index.htm


That was the best business story that I have read in months. Thanks. :)

#91 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 22 September 2011 - 02:23 PM

I canceled my Netflix subscription today.


How come?

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#92 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:25 AM

Rented a movie for the first time in over a month tonight.

Blockbuster used to be 3 minutes away. Had a quick look at another local independant store but didn't exactly get the warm and fuzzies there.

Ended up driving down to Rogers at Quadra village. Big store, not very busy, new release selection seemed poor, at least for blu-ray rentals. Now that it's a cross-town trip to rent and return a movie I guess I won't be renting much anymore.

Oak Bay Blockbuster was always busy, it's a shame it had to go.

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#93 Coopershawk

Coopershawk
  • Member
  • 120 posts

Posted 12 November 2011 - 06:36 PM

Telus/Shaw VOD? I've been trying to help our local video store stay open by renting there but at times VOD is just easier. Do you have access to VOD?

#94 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 12 November 2011 - 06:45 PM

Telus/Shaw VOD? I've been trying to help our local video store stay open by renting there but at times VOD is just easier. Do you have access to VOD?


I do, but it's $7.99 for an HD new release :o

I've also got a bit of a beef with service provider's M.O. when it comes to bandwidth caps in attempt to make their VOD services more appealing.



I can't help but think how the demise of video stores will further increase casual piracy.

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#95 Rob Randall

Rob Randall
  • Member
  • 10,372 posts

Posted 12 November 2011 - 07:43 PM

The limited selection of movies at the hotel here in Vancouver are $15.99 plus taxes. Why not just use the hotel's wireless to download something from Netflix, or just watch something you've already downloaded. This would be a business that is dying I'm sure. I mean, it's cheaper to go to HMV's closing out sale and buy a DVD.

"[Randall's] aesthetic poll was more accurate than his political acumen"

-Tom Hawthorne, Toronto Globe and Mail


#96 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 12 November 2011 - 07:52 PM

Yikes, $16 for a movie rental? You'd have to be mad!

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#97 Mike K.

Mike K.
  • Administrator
  • 50,911 posts

Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:16 AM

My iPhone's new "video" store rents and sells movies that are downloaded directly onto the device. A rental is $5! The purchase price is $20!

Dumb teenagers relying on their parents credit cards to pay their phonebills might tap into this, but any self respecting adult surely would never fork over $20 to buy a digital movie when a DVD is usually available for far less.

Know it all.
Citified.ca is Victoria's most comprehensive research resource for new-build homes and commercial spaces.


#98 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 13 November 2011 - 11:13 AM

I wanted to get a copy of Cars 2 yesterday. It was over $30 at Future Shop!

No wonder people rented and ripped:rolleyes:

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#99 sebberry

sebberry

    Resident Housekeeper

  • Moderator
  • 18,398 posts
  • LocationVictoria

Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:05 PM

Looks like Rogers is closing all their "Rogers Plus" stores by January.

Victoria current weather by neighbourhood: Victoria school-based weather station network

Victoria webcams: Big Wave Dave Webcams

 


#100 martini

martini
  • Member
  • 2,487 posts

Posted 03 December 2011 - 12:02 AM

Oh wow

Often I will pop in to pay my phone bill. The place is always a ghost town.

Years back you had two lineups.

You're not quite at the end of this discussion topic!

Use the page links at the lower-left to go to the next page to read additional posts.
 



0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users