Netflix still has its DVD mailing service, which has 93,000 titles by 2015, but many people have forgotten that it exists because it is only available in the US and has "no marketing budget." Netflix is not so aggressive about its DVD industry that in 2011 they tried to rename it "Qwikster" – a step that is so half-hearted that it does not claim the "Qwikster" -Qualle grip that was embarrassing a teen bait.
Most frustrating is that many films available on physical media are nowhere to be found in the digital realm. Scriptwriter and podcaster John August examined this and discovered that out of the 200 highest-grossing films between 1999 and today, around 120 were not available online. What not if you are not really to see Basic Instinct 2 is not that bad. But the further you go back in time, the worse things get. A look at the top titles that began in the 1
Part of the problem is that physical media are lying around unmodified (unless they are subtly faded in by George Lucas) into licensing agreements. This means that, as known from iTunes, even a movie you buy digitally might someday mysteriously disappear.
In addition, Netflix's success means that now everyone wants to be Netflix, who is forced to invest money in the original content of the studio as Disney draw titles to start their own streaming services. Warner Bros. is also involved in the streaming game – which has led to the annoyance of film nerds everywhere to the death of the classic movie streaming platform FilmStruck. Celebrities like Guillermo del Toro and Leonardo DiCaprio rallied to save the site without success. What raises the question: Why is behind the video libraries no support, guys?
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Do you remember, as we have said, that video rental stores had disappeared the way of the dinosaur? That's not exactly right – unless you think of the dinosaurs that persist in theme parks or solve crimes alongside Whoopi Goldberg . Hagen compiled a map of all video stores still in operation. And guess what? There are still a lot of them!
So we could be at the beginning of a video memory resurgence? Recently, the popular theater chain Alamo Drafthouse began to install old video libraries in certain places. And if you need more evidence that video stores have been a valuable, enriching experience, Netflix just released a virtual reality video library last year, so you can access movies as you normally would, albeit with poor choice and a creepy Polar Express -like atmosphere.
So, if you live near one of these existing video stores, why not stop by? And do not just pack your bags with free popcorn. Rent something, Goddammit .
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