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Topic # 187935 10-Dec-2015 12:32
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Went past  my local one in Pt Chevalier in Auckland yesterday and saw the closing down sale sign up.  Guy I work with says that the Beachlands one is doing the same.  

Guess that online streaming  is starting to bite.   Pity as  video and audio  via streaming is no  where as good as Blu ray  video and audio.   While DD5.
1 audio on iTunes  is quite good it's no where as good as say DTS HD audio..




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I'm surprised that they actually lasted this long.





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  Reply # 1447088 10-Dec-2015 12:33
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I thought they had all closed down ages ago

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i hope our united video stays open. 

It is a couple of minutes a way and when you want to watch 3d or extra high quality I rent from there. 

I get the business model is unsustainable but sadly I will lose access to bluray quality films.

And I feel sorry for the nice owners.They did try to sell up around 6 years ago but who'd buy? 

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  Reply # 1447103 10-Dec-2015 12:54
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The one in Whakatane is always packed on prize draw nights, but who knows how many of those people are renting more movies.

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  Reply # 1447105 10-Dec-2015 13:00
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Doesn't really surprise me.

I feel sorry for those in the video rental business but ultimately I find streamed video to be more reliable than rented discs, more choice and no availability issues.




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  Reply # 1447124 10-Dec-2015 13:25
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MikeAqua: Doesn't really surprise me.

I feel sorry for those in the video rental business but ultimately I find streamed video to be more reliable than rented discs, more choice and no availability issues.


Well there is  an issue with availability.  Both iTunes and  Google movies both have this really annoying habit of having some of it''s movies a buy only and not rentals  but they can be rented from the local video store.... 

I wonder if the the like of iTunes and Google will   be allowed to bring forward their release dates rather than waiting until the DVD rentals to have their first bite at the apple..




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  Reply # 1447156 10-Dec-2015 14:18
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Our closest video rental store - a Video Ezy - closed down earlier this year, other smaller stores are long gone.  Now, even if I wanted to rent a bluray/dvd, the closest store probably means a 10km round trip.
The one I don't want to see close in Chch is Alices, but dammit, even though I'd hate to see it go I've done nothing to prevent what's probably inevitable - I don't think I've been there for a year.

IMO one aspect of what's killing the local video store applies to movies in general.  "Movies" as a one-off ~90 -120 minute entertainment experience have lost appeal in our household - it's starting to seem apparent that the time constraints limit plot and character development, a bit like reading short stories rather than settling in to and being absorbed by a full length novel.  The ~60 minute episode is more convenient than committing to movie length, then if we're in the mood, watch a second episode consecutively.  I can tolerate the occasional sub-par episode in an otherwise good series.  I can't tolerate a sub-par movie at all - and most fall into that category.



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  Reply # 1447159 10-Dec-2015 14:23
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Fred99: Our closest video rental store - a Video Ezy - closed down earlier this year, other smaller stores are long gone.  Now, even if I wanted to rent a bluray/dvd, the closest store probably means a 10km round trip.
The one I don't want to see close in Chch is Alices, but dammit, even though I'd hate to see it go I've done nothing to prevent what's probably inevitable - I don't think I've been there for a year.

IMO one aspect of what's killing the local video store applies to movies in general.  "Movies" as a one-off ~90 -120 minute entertainment experience have lost appeal in our household - it's starting to seem apparent that the time constraints limit plot and character development, a bit like reading short stories rather than settling in to and being absorbed by a full length novel.  The ~60 minute episode is more convenient than committing to movie length, then if we're in the mood, watch a second episode consecutively.  I can tolerate the occasional sub-par episode in an otherwise good series.  I can't tolerate a sub-par movie at all - and most fall into that category.


The movie experience has most likely lost it's appeal due the the short attention span these days.  It's about 6 minutes, about the time between commercials on reality TV programs..




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  Reply # 1447164 10-Dec-2015 14:34
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old3eyes: Pity as  video and audio  via streaming is no  where as good as Blu ray  video and audio.   While DD5.
1 audio on iTunes  is quite good it's no where as good as say DTS HD audio..


Fatso is still around to fit that purpose.
Found it way more convenient then driving to nearby rentals, and also not having to worry about late fees.



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  Reply # 1447165 10-Dec-2015 14:35
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ech3lon:
old3eyes: Pity as  video and audio  via streaming is no  where as good as Blu ray  video and audio.   While DD5.
1 audio on iTunes  is quite good it's no where as good as say DTS HD audio..


Fatso is still around to fit that purpose.
Found it way more convenient then driving to nearby rentals, and also not having to worry about late fees.


Hmm.  Forgot about them..   Maybe worth a look..




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  Reply # 1447169 10-Dec-2015 14:39
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Says it all.

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  Reply # 1448236 10-Dec-2015 16:03
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There were a few US video stores that simply transitioned into pizza chains that also rented DVD's. Seems like a reasonable idea if they could have franchised with a major brand

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  Reply # 1448238 10-Dec-2015 16:07
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loceff13: There were a few US video stores that simply transitioned into pizza chains that also rented DVD's. Seems like a reasonable idea if they could have franchised with a major brand


or they could transition from a pornbroker to a pawnbroker.

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  Reply # 1448287 10-Dec-2015 16:59
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I have heard our local 2 opposition video stores are merging into one. Last gasp grab of the marketplace?




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Quality of the image is the only issue from my perspective.  Not much point worrying about quality components if you're going to feed it a download/stream.

Bluray's what, 50GB available, and a typical stream is say 2 GB max?

5.1 or more channels of lossless audio etc.

Reminds me of the move from the '70s style of big wooden speakers to plastic but small, light and portable CD player units.  Convinience always wins out over quality, hence fast food, streaming etc.

Marbecks is now a café only in Palmerston North, so going the way of the music stores and the dodo.

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