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Dish Network to Keep 1,500 Blockbuster Stores
http://www.tvpredictions.com/blockbuster072211.htm ^ | July 22, 2011 | Phillip Swann

Posted on 07/24/2011 7:31:22 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave

Dish Network has decided to keep more than 1,500 Blockbuster stores open, but will close about 200, Blockbuster said Thursday. There was no immediate word on which stores will stay open or be closed.

The satcaster purchased the video retailer in April in a bankruptcy auction. Since then, there has been widespread speculation that Dish would use some Blockbuster retail locations to sell its satellite TV service and related products.

However, Netflix's recent decision to change its pricing structure may be fueling interest by Dish to keep as many Blockbuster stores open as possible. Dish's executives may now believe that Blockbuster could take business away from Netflix which has more than 20 million subscribers.

In a press release released Thursday, Blockbuster President Michael Kelly hinted that the video retailer may even try to reopen some stores in neighborhoods that have lost their Blockbusters in recent months.

"Unfortunately, despite our efforts to reach reasonable terms, some property owners have closed stores," Kelly added. "However, we'll continue to look for opportunities for physical distribution in these neighborhoods as we expand our in-store experience, unmatched for movies and family entertainment."

Blockbuster said Thursday that the decision to keep more than 1,500 stores open will save more than 1,500 jobs nationwide.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: dvd; hdtv

1 posted on 07/24/2011 7:31:25 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: ADemocratNoMore; advertising guy; aft_lizard; AJMaXx; Alice in Wonderland; american colleen; ...
Pinging the HDTV list..

HDTV pings!

2 posted on 07/24/2011 7:32:45 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Las Vegas Dave

why do they want that overhead?


3 posted on 07/24/2011 7:36:22 AM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: ken21
Not sure.

I did cancel my Netflix account a few hours after getting information about the price increase. Just a horrible marketing plan by Netflix. I'll be hitting Redbox and Boxee from here on out.

4 posted on 07/24/2011 7:39:27 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Netflix's recent decision to change its pricing structure may be fueling interest by Dish to keep as many Blockbuster stores open as possible.

It's a nice thought, but it won't work. I'm ditching Netflix DVD subscription because of the new pricing, and keeping the streaming. As for DVDs, I still won't be going to Blockbuster. I'll hit up one of the local vending machines.

5 posted on 07/24/2011 7:39:30 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Huck
and keeping the streaming

At $8.00, even the streaming isn't worth that. Netflix's plan to separate the two was just plain stoopid IMO. I canceled.

6 posted on 07/24/2011 7:40:49 AM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I will be dropping Netflix as of end of August. I do not think a 60 pct increase for the same service is warranted. Will be looking elsewhere or reading more books. I hope someone takes on Netflix in the marketplace.


7 posted on 07/24/2011 7:41:01 AM PDT by vicar7
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To: vicar7
Whoever came up with the bright idea to raise prices that much is a moron.

I hardly use the service at $9.99 a month.

8 posted on 07/24/2011 7:45:09 AM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Guess its time to sell Dish Network stock.


9 posted on 07/24/2011 7:45:31 AM PDT by KantianBurke
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To: ken21
.....why do they want that overhead?

Blockbuster will capture some of Netflix's FORMER customers!!

Netflix's pricing plans change considerably in September! (I will be dropping my NETFLIX subscription soon after the price change!!!)

10 posted on 07/24/2011 7:45:31 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Some of the DVD Blu-Ray movies we have rented, have been on DISH in HD!!

Why rent from NETFLIX we we see them for free??

11 posted on 07/24/2011 7:51:33 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("Vote GOP as if your life depended on it! (It does)")
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To: Las Vegas Dave

A bunch of those have already vanished around this area. The various DVD-in-a-box rental locations has proliferated though.


12 posted on 07/24/2011 7:53:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: The Iceman Cometh

The streaming is worth it to me. I rarely used the DVD service. And since 8/month is my total entertainment bill, it’s not that bad.


13 posted on 07/24/2011 7:55:28 AM PDT by Huck
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To: SunkenCiv
Yea, the one near me closed about a week after the bankruptcy announcement.

The various DVD-in-a-box rental locations has proliferated though.

Here too. A machine with 20 DVDs is a pale replacement for a whole store full of 'em.

14 posted on 07/24/2011 7:56:30 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Don’t you PAY for Dish? I use Netflix because I don’t pay for television. 8 bucks a month beats 30, 50, 80 or whatever people pay these days. Looks like come september there might be a good buying opportunity in Netflix stock.


15 posted on 07/24/2011 7:57:39 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Las Vegas Dave

They could merge with Borders...


16 posted on 07/24/2011 7:58:49 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the earth..it's the ONLY planet with CHOCOLATE!!!)
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To: DManA

I’d be more familiar with the machines, but I have no idea what any of the movies are. :’)


17 posted on 07/24/2011 8:27:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I kept my Netflix rental for. blu-rays, and dumped the worthless streaming. Price for three at a time went down about $5 a month.

I have way too much invested in HT setup to watch lo-res crappy video and audio buffer and break up. Even at higher bandwidth than I can get in my area, Netflix told me the resolution is nowhere near blu-Ray quality.

So I kept the part I actually use and got a price cut.

Watching movies on Dish in high def is still not as good as Blu-ray and costs $6 a pop.


18 posted on 07/24/2011 8:33:43 AM PDT by moonhawk (The only problem I have with burying Bin Laden at sea is that he was already dead.)
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To: Rome2000

I use the 9.99 service for one DVD and unlimited live stream but I will not spend 16 buck for the same service. I might if they added popcorn and a box of chocolates.


19 posted on 07/24/2011 8:33:50 AM PDT by vicar7
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To: The Iceman Cometh
At $8.00, even the streaming isn't worth that. Netflix's plan to separate the two was just plain stoopid IMO. I canceled.

As did I. I had the 3 discs + Blu-ray + unlimited streaming. I've got so much to watch from discs I've purchased + programs archived on my DISH HD hard drive that I was not using Netflix much anyway. The introduction of the ridiculous new pricing plan seemed a good time to say "hasta la vista" to Netflix.

20 posted on 07/24/2011 9:35:01 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Some of the DVD Blu-Ray movies we have rented, have been on DISH in HD!!

I record and watch movies on DISH in HD; but it's no contest with Blu-ray in terms of quality. The DISH HD stuff is terribly compressed. A Blu-ray will be a minimum of around 25 gigs. Longer movies will be even larger on a 50 gig disc. Ever notice the size of a DISH HD movie? If you archive them to a separate HDD as I do, it shows you the file size. Most movies are in the 4 to 5 gig range. A single layer DVD holds about 4 gigs. So, even though you are getting high-def resolution, those broadcasts are bitrate-starved. You see all sorts of macroblocking artifacts.

And movies shown on premium movie channels, like HBO, Starz, Showtime, etc are often in the wrong aspect ratio. 2.35:1 movies are shown at 1:78:1 to fill up the 16:9 screen. DISH HD is OK; but it's no substitute for Blu-ray or even HD DVD.

21 posted on 07/24/2011 9:43:11 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Actually I'm happy with the Netflix price increase and they are still a bargain at even twice the price. What happened was that the movie studios were continuing to raise prices on Netflix in an attempt to drive them out of business but instead of gutting its service, Netflix decided to pay the extra money while passing on the costs to the end users. This was actually a wise move on Netflix part and I am happily going to pay the extra money because I feel that it is a superior service.

In fact, I would happily pay up to $49.95 a month to have the Netflix service as that is what I was paying for cable before I got the Netflix.

22 posted on 07/24/2011 9:45:03 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: The Iceman Cometh

That depends. I don’t ever stream video, so I am happy with the disk only option for less money. And I know several people who much prefer to stream only, and they pay less as well.

I have a pretty big library myself, so am far less interested with renting current movies that are available everywhere.


23 posted on 07/24/2011 9:46:43 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Huck

I love the Netflix streaming. It is great for those of us who travel.

I can watch movies on my laptop, Ipad or droid. It’s a great value.


24 posted on 07/24/2011 9:50:30 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I love the Blockbuster DVD mailing plan. I find there service to be excellent, prices are good, and the web site is much better than NetFlix’s. I subscribe to the lowest plan on NF to get streaming, but I am constantly unimpressed with the picture quality — lots of pauses to recache, terrible pixelation, lots of “mosquito” noise, tremendous amount of banding especially in dark scenes. And that is all visible on my old 27 inch Sony Trinitron! (currently upgrading to 55 inch Panny VT30). Nothing beats the bandwidth of a disk delivered in the mail. Maybe it’s time to ditch the DSL with 1.3 Mbps down.

I’m going to downgrade to streaming only on NF for a while to see if it is watchable and maybe upgrade to higher speed DSL.


25 posted on 07/24/2011 9:59:33 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: vicar7
Will be looking elsewhere or reading more books.

If you're not in a hurry to watch the newer releases, the public library is the best source. They're free for me..........

With my county library I can reserve them on-line then get email notification that they're ready for pick-up in the pick-up section......

26 posted on 07/24/2011 10:41:25 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: Hot Tabasco
...shhhh, please don't let people know how cool the library can be, it's the last vestige of stable, reliable & peaceful info exchange......
27 posted on 07/24/2011 11:26:47 AM PDT by de.rm ('Most people never believe anything you tell them unless it isn't true."-Groucho Marx)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I just rented the Fountainhead with Gary Cooper from our local library. It’s one of the few, if not the only, places to rent much older movies. And I can keep them for a week.


28 posted on 07/24/2011 11:43:55 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
I think the future will bring a variation in pricing.

This is not field corn here. One movie might be a lot more entertaining than another. Why should pricing have to be uniform as if movies were a commodity delivered in boxcars?

We pay more for other premium stuff.

Why wouldn't pricing of movies reflect a wide variation in the quality of movies?

Better movies demand higher pricing.

29 posted on 07/24/2011 12:34:22 PM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority (What this country needs is an enema.)
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To: de.rm; murron
they're ready for pick-up in the pick-up section

Meaning I don't have to wander up and down aisle after aisle looking for a DVD that I have no idea where it is supposed to be found.......LOL!

30 posted on 07/24/2011 1:41:11 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: de.rm; murron
As a side note, there is a drive thru return on the side of the building. I just drive up, activate the return slot and slip the DVD in and drive off.........

Of course in a perfect world I could call up the library, put in my request for a DVD and a young, single nubile gal would drive to my house with my selected DVD and ..........ahem, sorry, got side tracked.

31 posted on 07/24/2011 1:46:28 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: SamAdams76

I think it all depends on how fast you turn over on Netflix. I go through a minimum of 12 and as much as 20 movies a month on Netflix between the discs and the stream, at 19.95 a month that’s a steal, even if they bump me up to 25 it’s still 2 bucks a movie at my slowest turn around. But if I was one of those folks cycling through 4 or 5 a month I wouldn’t be so willing.

People never want to hear about costs. They don’t care if Netflix’s licensing fee quadrupled in 3 months, all they see is the 4 extra bucks.


32 posted on 07/24/2011 1:57:23 PM PDT by discostu (keep on keeping on)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
disk only option for less money

Well, the new releases are AWFUL to get from Netflix compared to what I had received from Blockbuster when I was a member.

33 posted on 07/24/2011 2:16:58 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (I'm called a 'teabagger'? Well, get over here liberal and I'll show you what that means.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

I’m quite happy with Netflix streaming too, especially since it is the only form of entertainment I watch besides DVDs. No TV service. I watch on my laptop or my ROKU player. Very reliable. More than enough content for my needs.


34 posted on 07/24/2011 3:16:54 PM PDT by Huck
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Let’s see. Keeping 1,500 stores open saves 1,500 jobs. Guess each store employs one person.


35 posted on 07/24/2011 11:09:29 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Let’s see. Keeping 1,500 stores open saves 1,500 jobs. Guess each store employs one person.


36 posted on 07/24/2011 11:10:15 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Let’s see. Keeping 1,500 stores open saves 1,500 jobs. Guess each store employs one person.


37 posted on 07/24/2011 11:10:23 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Let’s see. Keeping 1,500 stores open saves 1,500 jobs. Guess each store employs one person.


38 posted on 07/24/2011 11:10:37 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Release Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and let him and his family get on with their lives.)
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To: taxesareforever

Yes!

I noticed that also, one employee per store! (Guess whoever reported that detail did not do so well in math??)


39 posted on 07/25/2011 2:30:15 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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