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Dish to close 300 Blockbuster stores

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by SayWhat?, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
  2. 1953

    1953 Icon

    Feb 7, 2006
    Desoto, TX
    And to think of all the movie rental businesses that the first generation of Blockbuster put out of business! May seem odd to most but I enjoyed going to a rental store and looking over the new and old movies. Damn you Blockbuster.
  3. BillJ

    BillJ Icon

    May 5, 2005
    I'm surprised any video rental store can make it financially. Too much competition from kiosks, local businesses that rent as a sideline, online streaming. However, when the video store here in town closed after 20 years another took over the space within 6 months. The new one is a Family Video franchise. I don't shop there so I don't know their format, but I've noticed them coming into other towns and apparently making it work.
  4. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    Problem with most of the vending machines is they only have the most current stuff.

    When I was still renting videotapes, I went into the dusty box sections and found the out of print stuff that couldn't be found elsewhere. That stuff probably got tossed in the dumpsters or ended up on somebody's garage sale .50 table.
  5. BqWUDUDj

    BqWUDUDj Mentor

    Feb 26, 2007

    That's what I like the Blockbuster mail program for. (Except they should improve the turn-around time, search interface and selection). I love the old stuff and don't care for the new. All the splashy movies seem to come out on FX after a few months anyway.

    Dish should be looking at a subscribers rental history & satellite packages and try to target promotions and such. A home that subscribes to HBO and other movie channels probably wants different rentals than a sports-centric home or someone with a basic package. There should be some upsell opportunities there.
  6. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I still say Dish should be using the Blockbuster locations more as regional/local "hubs" for Dish network business. Base their installers out of local Blockbuster locations and use them for drop-points... also as a showroom to showcase Dish equipment AND provide a retail location where customers can come in and speak to a real person to sign up for Dish Network.

    The DVD/Blu-ray/video-game rental business can just be a side-bar "we also do that" kind of thing that helps pay some of the bills but doesn't have to be inherently profitable in and of itself.
  7. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    The problem with that, of course, is that Blockbuster locations are mostly in rented strip mall slots. Why would one pay for such space to house installers or to try to sell a product like that, when installers could be based from far less expensive light industrial space and more sales could be gained by advertizing, or demoing the product in malls or Sam's Clubs.
  8. inazsully

    inazsully Icon

    Oct 3, 2006
    Are we going to get a list of stores being closed and when?
  9. ATARI

    ATARI Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2007
    Does it really matter at this point?
  10. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    To all the people losing their jobs? Yes.
  11. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    They closed five stores in my area.
  12. satjay

    satjay AllStar

    Nov 20, 2006
    I have one located about five minutes from my house and has real good traffic. I think people still like to still go in pick up DVDs and look and browse hope its not one that will be closing
  13. MCHuf

    MCHuf Legend

    Oct 9, 2011
    They do here also. But they happen to it at the local Family Video. The BBV stores here are slow on Friday and Saturday nights and dead most of the other time. While just a couple miles away, the Family Video is doing booming business.
  14. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    They already closed here in Illinois several years ago that I don't even remember when, I thought that it was a defunct video stores years ago, apparently not in some states.
  15. mike1977

    mike1977 Legend

    Aug 26, 2005
    And another problem is waiting if someone is using the kiosk just to return a movie. Or having to go to another one if it's out of order. But stores, kiosks, and streaming all have their pros and cons.
  16. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    Think ours will be on the list? I went there maybe twice this past year.

    I find it much easier to rent what I want from my Apple TV.
  17. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    That is twice more than I have.

    The liquor store next door probably wants the space.
  18. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    In some areas, yes, but in others, malls are hurting.

    And your going once is one more than I have gone in five years!
  19. dj5

    dj5 Mentor

    Aug 6, 2003
    I have a Blockbuster about 7 miles from me in North Aurora, IL. So not are all closed in Illinois yet.
  20. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    My crystal ball says that Dish will be closing all the remaining Blockbuster stores within 2 years.

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