Friday, November 8, 2013

Farewell Blockbuster

So it has finally happened, Blockbuster is shutting down.  It was inevitable I suppose, but it is still a shock to me.  I have such fond memories of going to Blockbuster as a kid.  Sure, we had small movie rental places, but they were nothing like Blockbuster and their selection.

The one that opened near us was within walking distance.  I don't know how many times I walked up there to rent a Genesis game or the latest movie.  Such great memories.  On the downside, it did put the smaller rental shops out of business.

I actually still use Blockbuster today, their mail service in particular.  Sadly, this is also being shut down.  I have a home projector and a 2.4:1 aspect ratio screen.  So Blu-Rays are pretty much the only way for me to get content at that aspect ratio.  Streaming is often at 1.85:1, which won't use up all of my screen.

I guess I'll have to look into NetFlix, although I wonder if their mail service will also be discontinued at some point.  I don't really want to start buying every Blu-Ray, so I might be out of luck filling up my screen.