Would you trade a night of on-demand streaming for one last trip to your old video rental store?
Blame it on nostalgia but I feel a twinge of sadness when I think that my future children will not have the simple pleasure of going to a local video rental store and picking out a film to watch that night.
I remember going to our local video rental store, an independent, when I was around 14/15 with my mum. We’d spend time making our decision – feeling a little annoyed if the one we wanted had a ‘back soon’ label on as it was already borrowed – and sometimes bump into someone we knew.
Blockbuster and its independent comrades have been replaced with on-demand streaming: convenience is at your fingertips but with so many films to choose from the at-home film-watching experience feels more like a routine rather than an event.
I appreciate and enjoy the library of films available through streaming services like Netflix and Disney+, but if I had the option of going to my old video rental store one last time – with its walls of DVDs, poster and cardboard cut outs – I wouldn’t think twice about taking it.