Many of us have very fond memories of our time inside video stores, spending a lengthy amount of time looking over various VHS or LaserDisc or DVD covers, reading the information on the back, and hanging on to one or two of them while continuing to browse just to make sure no one else swooped in and grabbed the last copy on you.
Then digital came along and has taken things over. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—being able to jump on Netflix, browse thousands of titles easily, and watch one or five or more whenever you desire with the simple push of a button is undeniably exciting—but there’s also something incredibly depressing about the death of video stores that we’ve known was inevitable for some time.
Now it’s all a little more official, with a “time of death” announcement from the longtime top dog among video stores, Blockbuster Video. The company has revealed a timetable for the closing of their last remaining retail stores and the end of their mail service. Continue reading for more, and to see a little video store nostalgia video.
According to the company, their final 300 Blockbuster stores and distribution centers will be closed and their rentals-by-mail service ended by early 2014. While all physical aspects of the business are being closed, the company will continue forward in the ever-thriving digital realms.
Blockbuster parent company DISH Network made the announcement, and also released this statement in a press release:
“This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment. Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings.”
This doesn’t mean no video store will ever exist again, of course, but considering just how big Blockbuster was, this certainly feels like the official demise of video stores. Finding one going forward you’ll almost have to go inside just for a healthy dose of nostalgia…right before you find a movie you want to see and watch it on your phone instead.
Oh, and what happens to these stores when they breathe their last breath? Well. This.
With that, we can only educate the young in just what they’re missing out on.