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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 14, 2010 at 4:34 PM

The end of video stores?

Entertainment Weekly has an item on its PopWatch blog today about the theoretical end of Blockbuster Video, as noted in an article on Cinematical.com that referenced the Yahoo! Finance blog Wall Street 24/7. (Sometimes it’s tricky to untangle all these steps in the blog chain, but I try to give credit where it’s due.) Blockbuster’s model, these days, has become old-fashioned — because it requires people to actually leave their homes to get a movie, and then again to return it, and 24/7 predicts its demise as early as 2011.
I confess that I so rarely rent movies that I haven’t been following the trends much — I see most movies in theaters, and the ones I watch at home are mostly those sent to me for screening purposes (small indies, maybe three or four a month), on the free on-demand cable, or DVD favorites from my smallish (but growing) library. In other words (hanging head in shame), I have never used Netflix, but a lot of my friends swear by it. What say you? Will you miss video stores if (or when) they go away? Let’s do a poll:

Where do you get the movies you watch at home?Market Research

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