Video and Digital Rental Industry

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Video and Digital Rental Industry Though video rental companies such as Blockbuster and Hollywood video have been around for generations, the digital age has caught up with the standard rental companies. Digital rentals and online streaming has cut down profits for these types of companies to the point of sending them into bankruptcy and buyouts. With easy access of online content, consumers have chosen to place their entertainment funds into digital rental over the cost of renting films via traditional physical stores. The effects of digital content on the industry have completely changed business models all around. In the past visiting a video rental store and spending time browsing the categories and titles was the norm and almost ritual for some households. The video rental industry was booming with thousands of customers from the home video days to the more recent DVD and Blu-Ray offerings. As time went on, movie rental companies would offer longer rental times as the price of rentals began to rise. This enticed many consumers being that busy schedules needed to be manipulated to return videos on time and avoid late fees. At the height of the movie rental industry revenues hit $11.6 billion (“Video Tape Rental” 2012). Blockbuster Video was the largest video rental company in the US and around the world until it was bought by Dish Network in 2011 (Sakthi Prasad 2011). The movie rental industry was attacked by digital rentals since pay per view emerged, but it wasn’t until digital rentals online became popular that any real dent was made in the video rental revenues. Netflix emerged with a new concept of renting DVD’s via mail order with no late fees and as long as a customer desired to have the DVD. Their business concept included a subscription with unlimited rentals at one movie at a time. The general public were enraptured by the idea and signed on

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