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Blockbuster is back...in Mexico

02.06.2014

Like a bad penny, Blockbuster keeps turning up. After the emotional goodbye Americans said to the last major video store franchise, Blockbuster is thriving in a place you would least expect: Mexico.

Before you scratch your head in confusion, it makes a lot of sense. In Mexico, the majority of DVDs are pirated and only 31% of households have Internet access. Cinema Blend reports that Dish Network sold their Mexican Blockbuster stores to Grupo Elektra SAB who are upgrading the stores and will add potential Blockbuster branded movie theaters south of the border. They will also offer a service for someone to come pick up your DVDs from your home for you.

It is easy to forget that other countries are not at the same technological level, infrastructure-wise, as the United States. We often take for granted how easily we have access to movies here to the point that people with standard Internet connections can download torrents of movies still in the theater in perfect quality while other countries have to wait forever and a day for a shitty copy of the same film. As a former Blockbuster employee, I feel the pain of those employees who have to wear the blue and yellow uniform, but as a movie fan I am happy another country has access to enjoy better quality cinema.

Source: Cinema Blend

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9:55AM on 02/07/2014
DVD rentals remain a viable business plan in poorer or rural communities so it makes sense that the business would survive in Mexico. There are still pockets in the U.S. where video stores thrive, even with Redboxes popping up everywhere. For older titles or just to browse there is no real alternative to a video rental store if you have no Internet access, for whatever reason. I would even bet that the mom and pop operations still in business may in fact see a revival of nostalgia seekers
DVD rentals remain a viable business plan in poorer or rural communities so it makes sense that the business would survive in Mexico. There are still pockets in the U.S. where video stores thrive, even with Redboxes popping up everywhere. For older titles or just to browse there is no real alternative to a video rental store if you have no Internet access, for whatever reason. I would even bet that the mom and pop operations still in business may in fact see a revival of nostalgia seekers looking to relive the antiquated times of renting a movie in a store that rents movies.
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11:47PM on 02/06/2014
What about a Brothelbuster? A 5 day rental would be sweeeeeeet
What about a Brothelbuster? A 5 day rental would be sweeeeeeet
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11:27PM on 02/06/2014

I miss blockbuster

I miss blockbuster.
I miss blockbuster.
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8:55PM on 02/06/2014
I miss blockbuster. The prices of course, but mostly because I've known it my whole life. Very few options for new release movie rentals now, OnDemand is great but the pricing is criminal, $5.99 for a just in HD, and some movies are no only available to BUY OnDemand for a couple weeks after release. Such bullshit, bring back Blockbuster!
I miss blockbuster. The prices of course, but mostly because I've known it my whole life. Very few options for new release movie rentals now, OnDemand is great but the pricing is criminal, $5.99 for a just in HD, and some movies are no only available to BUY OnDemand for a couple weeks after release. Such bullshit, bring back Blockbuster!
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7:48PM on 02/06/2014
"It is easy to forget that other countries are not at the same technological level, infrastructure-wise, as the United States." Exactly. I was up in Canada the other day and I was like, "yo! Let's watch some Netflix, boi!" and they were all like "What?!?!?!" so we just sat around watching a fire all night wishing that we were in America. Someday the rest of the world will catch up with planet U.S.A.
"It is easy to forget that other countries are not at the same technological level, infrastructure-wise, as the United States." Exactly. I was up in Canada the other day and I was like, "yo! Let's watch some Netflix, boi!" and they were all like "What?!?!?!" so we just sat around watching a fire all night wishing that we were in America. Someday the rest of the world will catch up with planet U.S.A.
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7:15PM on 02/06/2014

I miss video store

I loved walking around Blockbuster for hours when I was a kid...there was a social and physical interaction that we are ripping ourselves away from. This seems like a good plan for the company and a way to allow Mexicans in lower economic areas to see movies...they could probably even use any of the old VHS inventory they have remaining...a very smart move all around. It would probably be worth it for Blockbuster to pair with a lower level electronics company to manufacture cheap DVD players
I loved walking around Blockbuster for hours when I was a kid...there was a social and physical interaction that we are ripping ourselves away from. This seems like a good plan for the company and a way to allow Mexicans in lower economic areas to see movies...they could probably even use any of the old VHS inventory they have remaining...a very smart move all around. It would probably be worth it for Blockbuster to pair with a lower level electronics company to manufacture cheap DVD players and sell them at a very low cost or give then away with the purchase of a special membership.
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7:55PM on 02/06/2014
I love walking and browsing through horror movies section at my local rental store even though I was too young to rent them. Just looking at those covers made me happy. Good time.
I love walking and browsing through horror movies section at my local rental store even though I was too young to rent them. Just looking at those covers made me happy. Good time.
6:26PM on 02/06/2014
"They will also offer a service for someone to come pick up your DVDs from your home for you" - that is a pretty sweet deal too.
"They will also offer a service for someone to come pick up your DVDs from your home for you" - that is a pretty sweet deal too.
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6:09PM on 02/06/2014
I'm happy for them! Video stores were one of my favorite places as a kid. And I think we really lost something when they all closed. I hope they're a success there!
I'm happy for them! Video stores were one of my favorite places as a kid. And I think we really lost something when they all closed. I hope they're a success there!
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6:08PM on 02/06/2014
Oh-da-lay
Oh-da-lay
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