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Reader: Blockbuster is a completely different animal today

Blockbuster has joined forces with Dish, and with that move Colorado gains a new corporate headquarters: This week Governor John Hickenlooper cut the blue ribbon to Blockbuster's shining new offices in Douglas County.

In her piece reporting on the Blockbuster ceremony, Natalie Gonzales linked to an earlier post by Jef Otte, in which he gave a rerun of some childhood antics in "Blockbuster is moving to Colorado: I'm sending poop." But just as Otte has grown up (allegedly), so has Blockbuster, suggests one reader.

Says titanius719:

I used to hate blockbuster just as much as [Jef Otte]. When I was younger there were a few times that I incurred some late fees that were outrageous. After Netflix came out I went to them and even though a lot of their movies were old I stuck around for a while. Then one of my colleagues at Dish said that Blockbuster was under new management and had a new service called Blockbuster @ Home. I ignored it for a while, deep wounds heal slow, but after Netflix just about doubled their prices I decided to finally check out Blockbuster again. They were a lot cheaper so I guess it couldnt hurt. To my amazement, with the mail in service there are no late fees anymore and the movies are a lot newer. Honestly Blockbuster is a completely different animal. Like you said, they almost went bankrupt, but I think that was their wake up call.

How do you think the new Blockbuster compares to Netflix? Post your thoughts below, and read Jef Otte's "Blockbuster is moving to Colorado: I'm sending poop" here.


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