The Decline of Blockbuster...What Happened?

Опубликовано: 21 июн 2017
Today Blockbuster is effectively gone, but there was a time when they were the standard for movie rentals. This video takes an in depth look into the rise, decline, and attempts to answer the question of what exactly happened to Blockbuster.
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  • I have such fond memories of going to Blockbuster to rent a game for the week.

  • I managed to experience blockbuster when it was on the decline maybe 2007 and onward. Me and my dad would go there to rent out a movie or buy a game for my DS or Wii whenever we had the chance. I remember when the time to return the movie came I was the one to get out of the car and put it in the drop box. Awesome times, I could still remember the atmosphere. Now the building lives on as a capital one bank with half of it being a walk-in clinic.

  • Blockbuster as a kid was where I tested games added bonus was if I could beat it within a 5 days

  • Twenty O one, twenty O six and twenty O nine. I have never head someone speak this way. Whheird

  • I know this is old and I don't know if you will read this comment but streaming is also dying not because of new tech but by corporations fighting for that small pool.

  • I had blockbuster mail service was terrible

  • Sadly tech just moved on from vhs tapes to dvds then blu rays now streaming I still like having movies in my home so I have big blu ray collection. I used to be a regular at blockbuster lots have changed

  • It was good... with the creation of Netflix and RU-tv we got greedy... we constantly want more and more and we’re constantly not happy with what’s in hand :( before you got what you got and you were great fun for it

  • Didn’t go to blockbuster much. My cousin worked at movie gallery so free movies from there.

  • "Other" probably means late fee

  • Yes there is a solution. Solution similiar with gamestop

    • And its becoming more relevant in 2020 than 2010

  • The final Branded Blockbuster closed down here in New Zealand last Friday 31st January and almost up to that day they were still renting DVD's , but ended up owing their landlord back rent . And people stilled owed late fees .

  • the family viseo in my town closed downed a few months ago because their rent for the space went up and they weren't making enough its sad because we just started going there more and more also it was the only place in toen that got rid of scatches on disks everything else is about an hour or more away

  • Just one a musuem

  • Ill tell you what happened to Blockbuster videos. "Redbox," that's what happened

  • 1:42 Family Video was first

  • My mom used to take me to rent N64 games it's a feeling I can't explain, the cartridge would come in one those big white plastic cases and say the name of the front and side just like the VHS tapes. V nostalgic

  • I worked at one of the first Blockbusters in Lauderhill, FL and it was a really nice job for someone about 21 years old. This one had a massive Adult movie section so we all took movies home (adult and otherwise) so we could recommend them to our customers. My recollection is that the tapes from the adult section had the most late fees. That said, I hate what Blockbusters did to the video rental market in 1985. I remember going in to "mom and pop" video rental stores in 1982. Now that was a great experience. It was a place where "everybody knew your name" as well as your tastes in movies. Well, blockbuster and to a lesser extent, Hollywood, put all the moms and pops out of business by probably 1987. I never saw another indie after that. Starting in the 2000s, many public libraries started carrying a really nice selection of tapes and dvds - and up against Blockbuster's busiiness model I was very happy to patron the Tallahassee Public Library and soon after the Denver Public Library oh yes, for a time Boston Public Library but they were kind of lame.

  • hollywood video ya bish

  • And the kids will never knoooow

  • I didn't like Blockbuster, I was more of a Hollywood Video guy. Hollywood Video was better because they didn't cheat the customer with late fees. Plus, I am a bit biased because I worked for Hollywood Video as a second job at various times and it was a good time and an easy job. Sure, Blockbuster was national where Hollywood was mostly on the West Coast, but Hollywood Video had better price points and the stores were cleaner. Every time I went with a friend of mine to a Blockbuster I felt like it was dirty and understaffed. And at first some movies were 2 day, 3 day, or 5 day. With Hollywood it was all 5 day. No confusing days to keep track. Locally, today, there are a handful of video stores that are still thriving because some people are not set up to stream. Some don't have internet. So, the video rental store still exists in my city today continuing to offer new releases of the latest films.

  • In my area, Redbox brutalized blockbuster simply because it was way easier to go to the redboxes in front of the store, and $1 a night was a pretty unbeatable price

  • I miss the experience I had at Blockbuster looking through videos to rent. You could rent them and buy them later if you wanted to. I wish they'd come back but, they probably wouldn't.

  • Shaq wishes he was Rich Evans.

  • Other - late fees. Charging customers who damage vhs.

  • Rip block buster and I block buster think block busted

  • I remember having to totally rearrange my schedule and the all out stress I suffered at the hands of Blockbuster Video (the enormous late fees and the ridiculous time limits for their movies, especially new releases)... good riddance

  • Stop saying "Twenty O 4, Twenty O 5" MFF! Its annoying!

  • I share all your beloved memories of video rentals until this point 1:34 In NYC, Personally, whenever I'd go to a BB I just didn't get that same feeling of being at the older, local mom/pop video store; like BB was this new, cheap imitation. There's no doubt, BB was the last place I'd go for rentals, in fact, I never rented from them. 🤔

  • It had a really ugly yellow sign?

  • I don’t remember them how is that maybe I went there like twice maybe

  • Redbox was the nail in the coffin for blockbuster.

  • I won the first video game tournament in my area through blockbuster.

  • I'm glad there's still a Family Video in my area.

  • 2025..the fall of Netflix..Hulu happened.. seriously Netflix is shit right now..

  • I loved blockbuster. From my mum buying me a new playstation 1 game to being old enough to rent my own xbox 360 games. I used to loved going to blockbuster for the weekend and rent movies or buy the £2 ones that they were trying to shake off!

  • When I moved into my first apartment this was my favorite friday night thing to do. I would browse forever grap snacks on the way home and enjoy. Then I found RED BOX and blockbuster slowly died out.

  • Didn't Blockbuster offer "Movie Insurance"?? Was that the "Other"?

  • they use to sale exclusive items, which i loved.

  • Other: Late fees

  • Hahaha Enron

  • Haha we switched from Netflix to blockbuster subscription. Haha then back to Netflix when bb died.

  • me: I miss the old Blockbuster video stores at its height. also me: *clicks remote to watch next JAG show on CBS All Access*

  • blockbuster use to be the start of a good weekend.. the decline of blockbuster came way before netflix.. from them getting sued by people having crazy late fees, red box, bootleg dvds getting way better, napster/bareshare and all the early pirate download services. then finally netflix!!!

  • I loved blockbuster! Rent a movie, buy a game, nvr bought games always purchased

  • We used to rent the n64 games and switch out the circuit board things in the cartridges lol

  • From about 2006 to 2010, my mom and I would go to Blockbuster just about every week and rent a few movies. I watched a lot of good stuff that way. We then got Netflix in 2012 or 2013. I used it for a bit, but I don't think I've opened it for more than a year. Blockbuster seemed like it always had a much bigger selection than Netflix.

  • 2073: the decline of disney +... what happend?

  • To me block buster ended when movie prices became cheap. I use to walk 40mins with my cousins every Friday to rent a movie. Then a reading cinema took over the old village cinema and their prices dropped to $11. I didn’t need to rent the latest movies anymore I can afford to watch them immediately. I live in Australia bye.

  • I do have Netflix but most of the films are garbage. I miss Blockbuster

  • I think that Greed for the late fee killed them they didn't want to give it up

  • I miss the game rentals.

  • It was very complicated at the time, going from analog tape to digital DVD’s. That had to cost them.

  • another issue was movies comming out to buy at the same time as rent. before dvd's movies were able to be rented 3 months before to buy. that made the only way to see it was to rent. now people buy before they rent and that kills the renting market.

  • You perfectly described that Blockbuster experience! There was one 5 minutes from my home when I was a kid and we visited it regularly. I also worked there during the time when Blockbuster was trying to compete with Netflix's mail-based service. We were forced to ask every customer if they wanted to join Blockbuster's subscription mail-based DVD service -- every customer, every time we saw them. We had customers that would visit the store several times per week and we had to ask them EVERY time, or get scolded by our manager. Customers eventually became angry with us and would yell at us for asking. They'd be like "You asked me the last time I was here!" It really sucked. People at that store didn't want to sign up for the mail-based service. One day, the store manager closed the door to her office and soon, we could hear screaming coming through her office phone. I could hear it all the way from the other side of the store! She was literally getting screamed at by a higher-up because our store wasn't performing on subscriptions. She cracked down on us even harder after that but all it did was tick off the customers even more. I remember the mad scramble every Friday and Saturday night for new releases. The place would be packed and people would form a line on the wrong side of the counter, waiting for someone to return one of the hottest new releases so that they could rent it because we were out of it! They'd yell from behind me (while I was attending to the long line of customers in front of me), "Which movie is that??!!! Hey! Which one is that??!!" That was an inconvenience to the customers. Some of them felt like their entire weekend was ruined because the couldn't get the movie their kids wanted to watch. I think it's another thing that led to the decline of rental stores, in general.

  • i was more of hollywood video type of guy. it was also something to do as well. go pick a movie. i woudl take a while just looking at the movies like they were art. i would put in some head phones and get lost in the horror section my favorite and pick a movie. favorite time was sunset time to go. i could make an hour out of it. and there was a taco bell around the corner. so i would get a movie then go to taco bell and then be all set. never had those memories with block buster. i would get bored in that store and wanna get out

  • 3:03 I guess it was the penalty for not rewinding your tapes.

  • lmao dumbgood merch

  • i kind of hope blockbuster makes an amazing come back somehow because the nostalgia of walking into one with my parents every week is a fond memory

  • Cinemas are still kicking around. They streamlined their operations and the business model has survived. Blockbuster was mired in its own sales model and couldn't imagine the pace of change would make it lose market share so fast.