Netflix Against Unionized Workers?

When Netflix came into the picture in the late 1990’s no one expected it to beat the one and only video rental service, Blockbuster. Then again, when Netflix added a streaming service to its company, the expectation for this new media was far lower than what we see today; Netflix’s influence over broadband streaming and […]

Blockbuster – Monopoly to Bankruptcy

One of the most fascinating demises of a company in my lifetime was that of Blockbuster. I remember as a child going to my local Blockbuster just a few minutes from my house and renting Indiana Jones for the hundredth time. I would still pace up and down the aisles pretending I might get something […]

From Drive-Thrus to iPhones

You walk through the big glass doors, the blast of cold air hits you in the face, the sent of popcorn and that old dewy carpet sneak through your nostrils. The bright lights make the deep red interior draw you in, the loud noises from all directions through your attention every which way. Then you […]

Vertical Integration: A Timeless Strategy

When a viewer tunes into their favored streaming service to watch something, they may not realize the powerful strategy being used for profit. That strategy is called the process of “vertical integration.” In Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment, she refers to it as “ownership of all phases of a business from production to distribution and […]

How Blockbuster Failed to Adapt

Before streaming services dominated the media consumption market, brick-and-mortar stores existed where people could go to rent DVDs and VHS tapes. In 1977, the first video-rental store was opened. Video rental stores quickly grew in popularity and became a massive revenue source for the movie industry. And “by 1992, Blockbuster was the undisputed video-rental leader” […]

The Endless Search for Market Control

Basic cable was a main source of entertainment, but there has been a shift in how one sources their entertainment and how they’re viewing it. Everyone has Netflix these days (or you have the login from a friend of a friend), streaming platforms like Netflix, HBO, Sling TV, Youtube TV, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc have […]

Data, Algorithms, and the Pursuit of Privacy

Analyzing the morality and ethics surrounding any major issue is something I always try to take into consideration because I believe this frame of mind fulfills a utilitarian objective. As an example, I’ve explored the concept of morality and whether it can be present in the context of a business monopoly on this very blog […]

Hidden Stars Behind the Curtains

When you hear about top hits at the box office or trending shows on Netflix, most people recognize the titles by knowing names of the actors or big companies that produced them – but what about the people who came up with the story behind it all? Writers are some of the most under appreciated […]

Disruption of the Entertainment Industry

If you wanted to watch a movie right now, how would you go about it? Would you send a group text to see if anyone wants to go to the theater to see something new? Nah, then you’re just going to argue about which movie to see, decide on one that neither of you really […]

If Video Killed the Radio Star, What Killed the Video?

  The near-extinction of Blockbuster came as a surprise for many. It wasn’t long ago that “Blockbuster was practically untouchable,” says Jennifer Holt, author of Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996. According to her, it once dominated the home video market, owning 25% of existing video stores and still earning […]