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post #1 of 11 Old 11-26-2013, 05:43 PM - Thread Starter
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BB is shutting down and from what I hear Netflix is rapidly heading there.

And all so our internet bandwidth can get chocked and money wasted on trying to lay more cable and so on to keep up with demand for crappy quality (visual and audio) streaming video (with one title exclusive here and another there and so much not available at all or that randomly goes away for a few years and so on, no extras, no choice of editions, etc.).
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-27-2013, 05:59 AM
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Check your local library, ours is loaded with blu-rays. We can check out 7 titles at a time, and have them for a week.
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BB is shutting down and from what I hear Netflix is rapidly heading there.

And all so our internet bandwidth can get chocked and money wasted on trying to lay more cable and so on to keep up with demand for crappy quality (visual and audio) streaming video (with one title exclusive here and another there and so much not available at all or that randomly goes away for a few years and so on, no extras, no choice of editions, etc.).

I have two local mom and pop video stores that have been around for about 20 years within a 5 minute drive that fulfill my rental wishes 100%.. Both are thriving and are very responsive to customer comments and get many specialty titles. I've never had a desire to use any mail order rental and I am actually glad the Blockbuster chain bit the dust as they were the only threat to these much better stores.
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I'm buying up Blu-Ray's from the last BB in my area. They will be gone at the end of January.
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-27-2013, 02:55 PM
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I very much miss the days of going to the video store to rent movies. Although I enjoy the convenience of not having to brave the elements if I want to watch something. I appreciate both ways to rent movies, and I really wish they could co exist. But alas, it's not looking to be so.

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There is a Family Video that is about five minutes away from me and pretty well stocked with Blu catalogs (many only $1 for five nights) and new releases. Hopefully they stay in business for a while (subjectively speaking, they seem to do pretty well there). I too really enjoy browsing the titles and having the ability to rent something at the last minute.

However, if they go out of business there is nothing else reasonably close to me.

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You did not specify by mail or kiosk or B&M. If B&M: Family Video, for my area there is Ingle's Grocery Stores (a fairly large chain). Also try: Find Your Video Store. There are more mom & pop video stores than some folks think there is.

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Not sure what AVS is doing to: "http://www.familyvideo.com". Copy the URL into your address line for access to Family Video
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By mail: I rent a lot of discs from http://www.classicflix.com/. They specialize in pre-1970 titles.

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By mail: I rent a lot of discs from http://www.classicflix.com/. They specialize in pre-1970 titles.

Thanks Bill, added that one to my reference list. It appears you are satisfied with their service.
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Thanks Bill, added that one to my reference list. It appears you are satisfied with their service.

ClassicFlix: Yes, I've been renting from them for several years now.

It is a Mom & Pop operation with only one location (Lincoln CA) so transit time is not as good as Netflix, but otherwise it is a similar disc by mail operation. Same sort of priority queue.

Whenever I've had a problem I've gotten a personal response, and they've acquired titles I've asked for.

They strive to have every manufactured-on-demand title available; these have never been stocked at Netflix. I've often gotten Blu-rays that were Very Long Wait elsewhere.

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