The End Of A (Movie Watching) Era

September 30, 2011

Blockbuster Video is closing! Nancy explores what that means for how we get our movie fix…

It appears that we now need another place to get our movies. I know that I should have moved to online quite awhile ago but being creatures of habit my son and I would ride our bike to go pick out a movie on a Friday or Saturday night. It killed two birds with one stone (not that I want to do that) in that we got some exercise and fresh air before sitting through a 90 minute or more movie. But Blockbuster is closing, so I’ve had to do a bit of homework to explore all the new options that have been recently launched in the Canadian market to figure out who’s got what and at what price.

I took some random movies that were recently released and some that were a bit older, to see if they were available and at what price:

And not only do you have to decide from which service to get your movies, you also how to decide how to watch them, since you’re no longer just popping the DVD into the DVD player. My friend Jason from the blog FrameOne is very familiar with connecting technology together and reviews the different products: Mac with an Apple TV, PC and the new up and coming Smart TV.

There are a lot of exciting new ways to watch movies, but still – I’m going to miss those Blockbuster bike rides…


How are you getting your movies for Family Movie Night? Netflix? iTunes? Do you still use DVDs? Will you miss Blockbuster? WHITHER THE POPCORN?

The times, they are a-changin’…

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    Procrastamom September 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Just want to point out that you can have far more movies than 3 per month delivered with We pay the $24.95/month fee and have as many movies delivered to us that we can watch and return in a month. I think the number 3 applies to how many you can have delivered at one time.

    Kathryn Humphreys September 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm has great streaming video. we get it through our roku. not sure if its different in canada

    Kaaka October 1, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I find I have to buy most of my DVDs. Often on-line services do not offer subtitles. A movie is no good to me if I can’t hear or see the dialogue.

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