Daniel made comments about liking to go to Blockbuster and peruse the aisles rather than use a service such as Netflix. This is surprising because when you compare the selection at your local Blockbuster store vs. what Netflix has to offer, there is no comparison. I would have guessed Daniel would prefer the Netflix selection rather than traveling to the local store. Daniel’s movie rental preference is really not that uncommon among people in their 50s.
Personally, I have not been a fan of Blockbuster since around the time DVDs started to come out. I vividly remember purchasing my first DVD player and again and again going to the local Blockbuster on 4th St in St Pete and they were no DVDs. I even asked the manager why they didn’t carry DVDs and sent a letter to Blockbuster HQs asking why they only rented VHS tapes. The response I got was Blockbuster had no immediate plans to offer DVDs as rentals. They thought it wasn’t “mainstream” yet. So for many, many, months I had to travel across town to a couple of independent owned stores who did offer DVDs for rent. Blockbuster did a great job in the 1990s of pinching and pushing out of business all the other chain and family owned rental stores but they dragged their feet when it came to weaning themselves off of the VHS tape. Sometime around that time, Netflix started up and I was a very early customer. This was around 1998-99 and Netflix even mailed me a t-shirt since I was one of their first xxx customers. So I was using Netflix long before most people had DVD players. I have not supported Blockbuster since then. They were very slow to support the DVD format and even today they pale in comparison to what Netflix offers. Basically, Blockbuster chose to drag their feet on the DVD format in the late 1990s and as a result, I will never do business with them again.
And while I’m on the subject, I very rarely go to the theatre to see a movie. It costs too much and even though the movie is on a big screen, I would much rather watch a film in the comfort of my own home, on a big screen TV, at a much cheaper price.
What is your preferred rental option? Netflix, Blockbuster, or other. Do you prefer to watch a DVD at home or go to the movie theatre?