Will The iPod Kill Blockbuster?

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    If Apple really does release movie rentals on iTunes, and they are reasonably priced compared to blockbuster, I think iTunese combined with Netflix could really hurt blockbuster.
  3. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    The iPod will not kill BlockBusters. IMO, the vast majority of people will want to watch TV on their TV screen and not a small iPod ( Touch / Classic ) screen.

    What will kill BlockBlusters is the growth in popularity of PPV and movie download / streaming services. However, the technology isn't quite here yet for downloads / services for mass market appeal. It will come soon, but its not here yet.
  4. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    Not been to my local Blockbuster for years. Last time I went it was dirty, the DVDs were badly organised and they didn't have what I wanted. Add to that the inconvenience of having to physically go back to the store to return it else get fined... how 20th Century!

    I don't know that the iPod/ITMS Movie Rentals will kill the High Street DVD rental business... but it's dying anyway. I won't be sending any flowers.

    I've been using Amazon.co.uk DVD Rental for ages - love it.

  5. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    I don't think the iPod will kill Blockbuster. Although I do love watching a movie on my sister's iPod Nano, there's nothing like watching a DVD on a bigger screen, with much better sound and quality. People understand this.
  6. firefoxnx macrumors member


    Dec 26, 2006
    Nope Amazon Unbox will

    It's great for those who have Tivo. $0.99 specials for movie rentals!
  7. mr.fancypants macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2006
    Seriously, Netflix has already killed Blockbuster (Blockbuster had to jack their rates up a couple of weeks ago, while Netflix continues to lower theirs). I think it's just a matter of time now.
  8. phillipjfry macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2006
    Peace in Plainfield
    I think they are trying to scam me too. I have been going to blockbuster for YEARS! (I can't even remember when or where I got my card). Out of the last three times I rented there. They are claiming that I still have the movies I had out for rent. Trying to charge me the cost of the movie when I know I returned them. Sometimes I forget things, but after all these years, I still know how to return a movie. (also it's not like the dvd was missing out of the box, they are saying the whole box is gone)
    I'm half tempted to actually try netflix out. Always been too lazy to actually check them out.
  9. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Not, but eventually services like it will.

    They should have gotten on the bandwagon back with BT started getting big.

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