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Windows 7: Technology - Changing Times - Blockbuster files for Bankruptcy

24 Sep 2010   #1

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Technology - Changing Times - Blockbuster files for Bankruptcy

Hi all
How technology changes.

With fast broadband and other ways of delivering Muti-media content one of the Last Century's almost impregnable Giants - Blockbuster- has filed for Bankruptcy in the US.

BBC News - Blockbuster files for bankruptcy in US

This should be a warning to ANY business -- nothing lasts for ever and no matter how large you are new technology can make your current seemingly invincible business model as DEAD as the DODO.

Cheers
jimbo

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25 Sep 2010   #2

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Proves you have to keep up with technology or fall by the wayside.
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25 Sep 2010   #3

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I'm really surprised they made it so long. they are like the type writer manufacturer who missed the PC train (or didn't even see it coming)

they somehow were like circuit city (went bankrupt 1 or 2 years ago) where I whne i accidentally went in always wondered how they stay in business with their service/knowledge/technology.
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25 Sep 2010   #4

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I knew that when netflix started up that blockbuster wouldn't last too much longer. IMO Blockbuster started charging way too much to rent a movie and didn't jump on the US postal DVD bus soon enough.
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25 Sep 2010   #5

Win 7 X32
 
 

they got what they deserve after going after netflix, because they were to greedy to follow netflix business model and save themselves.
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26 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I was wondering when this would happen after Hollywood Video went under.
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26 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

NetFlix put the final nail in the coffin of Blockbuster. A clear case of offering a product more efficiently and at a better price. No tears for BB here.
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26 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Keep in mind that Netflix has been around for quite a long time. I joined Netflix in the summer of 2001. So, I've been with them for almost 10 years. At first, you paid $4.00 for Netflix rentals and could keep them for up to 14 days and they had to be postmarked and sent back. A few years later, Netflix moved to the subscription model to ensure recurring revenue streams.

In a way, i find it sad though that all of these businesses end up out of business. Especially the smaller mom+pop shops. Everything today is the big online store in the cloud....and getting good service at the local shop is more or less a thing of the past.
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26 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Keep in mind that Netflix has been around for quite a long time. I joined Netflix in the summer of 2001. So, I've been with them for almost 10 years. At first, you paid $4.00 for Netflix rentals and could keep them for up to 14 days and they had to be postmarked and sent back. A few years later, Netflix moved to the subscription model to ensure recurring revenue streams.

In a way, i find it sad though that all of these businesses end up out of business. Especially the smaller mom+pop shops. Everything today is the big online store in the cloud....and getting good service at the local shop is more or less a thing of the past.
Sadly its true, that is one of the things I like about living in Oregon (in my area at least), people support local businesses more than big corporations like Walmart. I guess large part of that is due to the enormous hippie population we have here but none the less I agree with it.

I think the South Park episode about Walmart sums up big business.
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26 Sep 2010   #10

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Actually I think Redbox put the nail in. I think that solidified Blockbusters demise. You can't beat $1 rentals and return at your local grovery/convenient stores and now at any Redbox.
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