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Topic # 159857 15-Dec-2014 12:03
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Hi,

I still enjoying going to the video store, my children enjoy looking at the children's weeklies....but our favourite Ponsonby Video Ezy store has been closed for a few weeks. A sign up on the door said closed for stock taking - but I suspect this isn't the case.

Does anyone know why the Ponsonby Video Ezy store closed?

Thanks.

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  Reply # 1197673 15-Dec-2014 12:06
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The Te Atatu branch closed a few weeks back. Seems to be a dying industry, especially considering how easy it is to stream rented content these days.

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  Reply # 1197674 15-Dec-2014 12:07
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Because Internet probably.

Rent there would not have been cheap, and with fewer and fewer people renting physical media, the ends would not have met.

When I was doing mobile tech support a few years back I did some work for a video store in south Auckland, he was telling me that he had 11 stores two years previously, and had then consolidated to 2 or 3. It will not have got any better for them.

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  Reply # 1197676 15-Dec-2014 12:12
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dclegg: The Te Atatu branch closed a few weeks back. Seems to be a dying industry, especially considering how easy it is to stream rented content these days.

 

 

You can pretty much use the closures of Video Stores as a proxy for improving Broadband in areas...

 

 

With the legitimising of streaming content, via Itunes and others, the "go out and rent a disc market" will likely not see 2020, UFB will be the final nail in its coffin in the big cities....

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  Reply # 1197677 15-Dec-2014 12:14
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Demise of Pirate Bay might cause a resurgence of renting? :P

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  Reply # 1197693 15-Dec-2014 12:34
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I would still rather rent a blue-ray of the movies and get great video and HD audio  something you don't get on   streaming  and the like.   But if they all close  it will be dumbed down like the audio industry where MP3 is good enough..




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  Reply # 1197710 15-Dec-2014 12:58
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old3eyes: I would still rather rent a blue-ray of the movies and get great video and HD audio  something you don't get on   streaming  and the like.  


There's a lot to be said for that point of view.  It seems daft to spend serious money on big screen high def TVs and play rubbish content on them.  I suspect a lot of DL'd video is only viewed on computer monitors.




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  Reply # 1197713 15-Dec-2014 13:12
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old3eyes: I would still rather rent a blue-ray of the movies and get great video and HD audio  something you don't get on   streaming  and the like.  


There's a lot to be said for that point of view.  It seems daft to spend serious money on big screen high def TVs and play rubbish content on them.  I suspect a lot of DL'd video is only viewed on computer monitors.


Thats been one of the advantages for us to switching to SVOD services for most of our viewing. We generally get a far better picture than we were used to with what Sky offered us (HD FTA channels notwithstanding). 



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  Reply # 1197716 15-Dec-2014 13:21
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old3eyes: I would still rather rent a blue-ray of the movies and get great video and HD audio  something you don't get on   streaming  and the like.   But if they all close  it will be dumbed down like the audio industry where MP3 is good enough..


Yes, I'm with you - I would much rather rent a Blu-Ray for the video and audio quality. I resorted to AppleTV for my last film and it was ok, but nothing like Blu-Ray. I know Video stores are on the way out, but I was hoping they'd last a little longer.

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  Reply # 1197726 15-Dec-2014 13:35
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Once the infrastructure is there, the quality of streaming will improve. I just hope that since they are all US based services they dont use the crap US internet as an idea of what is available everywhere else.




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  Reply # 1197735 15-Dec-2014 13:40
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I was directed to a video store in Blenheim when I asked about Blu-ray movies, and was told they were selling off old stock.  They didn't have any Blu-ray disks for sale or rent, but were trying to sell tired old DVD movies for $15!  Does anyone fall for that?  I'd just bought a brand new 3D Blu-ray of Avatar for $14.99 from the Warehouse, which is about the same price as I have seen them go for on TradeMe, except you don't have to pay postage at The Warehouse.




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  Reply # 1197737 15-Dec-2014 13:42
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TLD:
old3eyes: I would still rather rent a blue-ray of the movies and get great video and HD audio  something you don't get on   streaming  and the like.  


There's a lot to be said for that point of view.  It seems daft to spend serious money on big screen high def TVs and play rubbish content on them.  I suspect a lot of DL'd video is only viewed on computer monitors.


All depends on the quality of the downloaded file, at one end of the spectrum you have a camcorder on the movie theatre version but at the other end you have 4k movies which assuming you have the hardware will surpass pretty much all blu-rays

Truth is most people would struggle to pick out the difference between a decent 1080p download and a BD version from across the lounge 



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  Reply # 1197744 15-Dec-2014 13:47
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old3eyes: I would still rather rent a blue-ray of the movies and get great video and HD audio  something you don't get on   streaming  and the like.  


There's a lot to be said for that point of view.  It seems daft to spend serious money on big screen high def TVs and play rubbish content on them.  I suspect a lot of DL'd video is only viewed on computer monitors.


All depends on the quality of the downloaded file, at one end of the spectrum you have a camcorder on the movie theatre version but at the other end you have 4k movies which assuming you have the hardware will surpass pretty much all blu-rays

Truth is most people would struggle to pick out the difference between a decent 1080p download and a BD version from across the lounge 




There are also many people who still find DVDs to be perfectly acceptable. Whenever we want to purchase a movie for our collection, its a battle convincing my wife that we should be paying extra to purchase the BluRay version. And we have a 60" TV, so the difference in picture quality between BD and DVD is quite noticeable (to me anyway; not so much to her apparently :-)).

Thankfully the price gap between both formats has narrowed, and in some instances there have been movies where the RRP was the same for both.

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  Reply # 1197747 15-Dec-2014 13:50
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You'll see more and more of those DVD vending machine things pop up at supermarkets etc and more and more video stores closing. Practically the same service for a fraction of the cost.




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  Reply # 1197945 15-Dec-2014 16:57
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There is always fatso DVD rentals ..




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  Reply # 1198156 15-Dec-2014 22:48
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Physical media is and should be dead. There is little reason to have a physical media anything anymore. Also I imagine that the plastic used for dvds is something to do with petroleum ? (clever person comment here please). We don't have to truck boxes of DVDs anymore , you don't have to waste petrol and time going to the video store. However I imagine as always there will be the ones that tell you the timber on a vinyl record can not be produced on Cds, that nothing beats a bluray yadayada.

Pirate bay dropping out made little difference to the .... transfer industry ;) and of course the bonus was the unfortunate availability of all the unreleased sony films...... apparently I read somewhere.

no our kids kids will be saying "ok grandad tell me again , this is to funny for words.. Every house would have hard copies on plastic of movies?' Like millions of copies of the same thing?"





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