The Water Cooler – Renting Movies

January 6, 2014 12:17 pm · 33 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Do you still rent movies? If so, how do you do it? Netflix, RedBox, Blockbuster, OnDemand, etc.?

Also, do you think movie rental stores will ever make a comeback?

Talk about it….

the other jj January 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

no and no

PH resident January 6, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Rental stores will never come back. It is no longer viable.

I rent streamed movies via Netflix or Amazon.
I occasionally rent movies via my Astound service.

Chuckie's Wife January 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Rent from Netflix and sometimes Redbox. Movie stores will never come back.

Anon777 January 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Nope, they won’t be back. I use Netflix.

Dorothy January 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Seldom rented movies before the stores disappeared and doubt they will ever come back. With streaming, even Redbox is in danger of losing customers.

The ability to stream movies January 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

renders stores obsolete. As long as the internet remains open to us users so we can stream and download at will, then there will be no need for stores.

As internet speeds increase, steaming will only get better.

If the time arrives when there are increased charges for streaming, or access to the internet is further restricted, then there may be a resurgence of rental stores or at least departments within other existing stores.

Shelley January 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I haven’t rented movies since the early 90’s, and no, I don’t think rental stores will make a comeback.

The Mamba January 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

I rent via Netflix and Redbox, but I just moved to PHill, so I will open an account at Take One Video. I don’t think stores will make a comeback, unfortunately, I think the future is streaming without even a disk. I used to love going in to my local store and talking to the staff about movies, oh well.

Antler January 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM

We rent real-disc from Netflix. I plop their postage-paid envelope in the rural mailbox for afternoon pick-up. At about 3 the following morning, their email arrives confirming their receipt of the movie and telling me what movie they are sending out to me that same day. So if I send one back on Monday afternoon, the next one is in my box on Wednesday at about noon. We have the two-disc plan, so there usually is at least one here at home.

Right now we are watching the second season of “Lark Rise to Candleford”. One of the lead actors is the same man who plays Mr. Bates in “Downton Abbey”.

Even before Netflix, I did not care for video stores….too disorganized and time-consuming …. plus that irritating deadline and late charge and having to pay more for some movies than others. Netflix has no return-date deadline.

Jim January 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Never wil we see brick and mortar shops…red box is as close as it gets and even that will eventually be gone

Incognito January 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I use Netflix and also PPV through Astound.
Much more convenient.

anon666 January 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Never. I stream through Netflix or download stuff via torrents/newsgroups.

TinFoiler January 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Stores are gone and will never be back. The real question is: What about movie theaters? Most people don’t want to deal with rude inconsiderate morons, so that leaves movie theaters to cater to a particular crowd.

T January 6, 2014 at 1:18 PM

No. Stream.

Silva January 6, 2014 at 1:29 PM

I get DVD’s from Netflix. I’m catching up on a lot of great movies that I missed when they first came out, often decades ago. The have quite a good selection in DVD’s. So convenient too. My DH likes Redbox. Every once in a while I order one I think he will also like. He generally wants lots of shooting and explosions and the inevitable buckets and spraying of blood that they call “action”.
No, I don’t see them coming back, but what do I know?

Momo January 6, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I’m not very tv or movie ttech savy because I don’t watch a lot. I don’t want to pay a monthly fee for a sevice because I don’t watch movies or shows enough to make it worth it. So I did like going to a rental place when I was in the mood for a movie. I’m sad to see them all go.

Bob Brittain January 6, 2014 at 1:52 PM

We pick up all our films for free at the library. We can reserve them on-line and get an email notice when they’re available. Many of the films, music CDs and new books are purchased with funds donated by Friends of the Library and Library Foundation groups.

Sheila January 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Haven’t rented a movie in years. I don’t think movie rental stores will ever have a comeback.

Captain Bebops January 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I watch most movies via Netflix streaming and some TV shows and movies via HuluPlus. I also occasionally rent a new release from VUDU or Amazon Instant. I also use the latter for cable network series having “cut the cable (yay!)”. To save some money I wait and rent from Redbox either Bluray or DVDs from studios that won’t have their titles appear on Netflix for awhile or if ever.

Video stores are yesteryears horse buggies.

formeremployee January 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM

We pay for Netflix streaming and watch free network shows online through the network sites. Online pay per view movie streaming is way overpriced, so we use red box for newer films we can’t get through Netflix streaming. We have amazon prime video and a free year of hulu plus, but the selection is terrible, so we never use them. As long as online video rental prices continue to be high in relation to red box, I think red box will be around a while – unless they’re loosing too much money at a dollar a rental.

6:43 January 6, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Google Movies.

Lari January 6, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I was just talking to my husband about the days when we used to go to Blockbuster to rent VHS movies. With cable, we don’t bother anymore…but when we take our RV out on the road, we like to have movies to watch. Since I couldn’t figure out how to work Redbox (esp with a line growing behind me), I just went to the Clayton Library and took several out.

Concordanon January 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I never spend money on movies other that Netflix. Netflix is only $8 a month, and has a fairly good selection of viewing material, more is added each month too. For more recent movies I take to piracy online (I know, that’s bad, but $12 for a ticket to see the movie once… No way!) Typically a week or so after the movie has come out, you can find it streaming online for free, in kind of not that good quality… But it’s free.

CW January 6, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Redbox works out to be cheaper than NetFlix for the quantity of rentals we do.

Anon January 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Occasionally rent from Redbox. Don’t expect to ever see another store. The libraries have a good collection too and they are free.

Danielle January 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I can’t remember the last time I rented movies. Probably in the 80’s as a young adult.

I really don’t think movie rental stores will ever make a comeback. Too many options these days.

RanchgirlCA January 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM

We are now using Netflix (streaming and mail order DVD). We started the streaming about 6 months ago, while still doing the Blockbuster mail order rentals (loved taking a mail order in and exchanging it for a movie in the store). Since they closed BB, we’ve added the mail order to Netflix because we find the movie choices on streaming to be pretty bad and out dated, but still use it for some of the TV shows (Dexter…). I still miss the local Blockbuster, but I know I’m in the minority.

Idiocracy January 7, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Netflix is a joke! They never have any New movies up when they actually release and their library is sub par at best.

Xfinity Just lost tons of respect this last month when they changed their rental format by making you wait 2 months on a new release unless you want to pay 17.99 to buy it and own it digitally through Xfinity. Despicable Me 2 came out like a month or 2 ago and it finally became rentable last week… Xfinity = Go back to the old format unless you want Blockbuster to return. How greedy can you get?

Redbox is like a ghetto blockbuster vending machine lol … not a fan and the selection is garbage.

I too miss the Video store cause its just another option if these other companies fail me. Im always amazed at how slow Xfinity is at changing their movies as well as HBO premium movies thru Xfinity… They give you like 22 movies to rent on HBO and that’s pathetic. It should be like 150 movies that change every 2 weeks not this 22 of the same for a month = stagnant. Starz thru Xfinity has about 65 movies and that 2 is not enough or changed/updated fast enough.

Dish network is a Joke!

Astound has a terrible interface and is Slow to navigate.

Bring back the Video store lol

timmyy rogers January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I illegally download beautiful copies from the internet on my computer which is hooked up to my 56 inch widescreen and watch free movies anytime I want to, Even movies called screeners which sometimes look good too, It’s there and available, I don’t feel bad about it, screw Hollywood and all those billion dollar businesses …OK lets hear it!

Pegasus January 7, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Which sites do you use?

Mimi (original) January 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Used to LOVE Bradley Video, with their free family movie choices, when the offspring were young. Now I either buy $5 movies at Target or WalMart or watch On Demand. I’m not too demanding.

Cowellian January 8, 2014 at 6:58 AM

On Demand still needs a lot of improvement, but it is the future of rented movies. I used to enjoy browsing at stores like Bradley and Video Outlet, but I always hated having to make sure I returned the tapes or DVDs on time.

A book is better than a movie January 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM

just about any time. And the library is free. There is entertainment in movies, they can be borrowed from the library as well. I guess I use the library as my entertainment and educational outlet.

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