Blockbuster Video has been on death's doorstep for a few years now, but they will officially be no more in early January. It's going to be one of those things that will be fun to describe to kids some day, like paying for Internet by the hour and losing use of your phone, and asking for directions at gas stations.
I'm one of those weirdos that hasn't found a replacement for the brick-and-mortar store that works for me. My ignorance of movies is well-known around here, but back when there were places you could go with huge rental selections, I'd actually be good for one a month. The whole free-subscription, stop-in-whenever-you-feel-like-it-however-infrequently-that-may-be model fit. Then Blockbuster and Hollywood Video closed up, and it was a couple years before in-demand movies became a somewhat suitable alternative, so I fell out of that habit and found other ways to use up time, like ... writing.
(The closing of good record stores changed my music-listening habits somewhat, because buying digital music is an even emptier experience, and I avoid it at all costs unless it's out of print. But at least I can stream music until I'm within the vicinity of a record store, when I can binge-buy.)
I'll have free Netflix trial period offers float by, and I hold onto them in case there are multiple movies I need to see, or a TV show I should binge-watch, but nothing lines up. Most of the movies I do see I catch in segments on cable, but I'm in the process of figuring out the best cord-cutting option is best for the few shows I do watch. Which will either increase my movie viewing, or eliminate it completely. It'd be a lot simpler if the Blockbuster within walking distance hadn't gone out of business years ago. Alas.
So ... is everybody else happier with the Blockbuster burial? What other dead stores/business models have changed your habits completely? What else is going on? All this and more in the new RRRR.