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Blockbusted: It's the end of an era in home entertainment

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Rewind your brain to a time of synthesized soundtracks, when high-wasted pleats were high fashion, and your Friday night flick came on cassette. That's when Blockbuster ruled, overtaking smaller stores left and right but then it happened.

The Internet.

Turns out, it's a good way to deliver movies, and put 300 brick-and-mortar Blockbusters out of business.

So now we're left with the winners, a soulless red box and streaming services that think they know what I want to watch.

Movie fan Melissa Roper is disappointed.

"They've been around for so long I didn't think they'd ever. I'm kind of in the middle. I was kinda surprised but I wasn't," said Roper.

Roper had a feeling this day was coming, but she's happy to see Family Video flourishing. It's a rental chain that's actually growing.

"We're signing up new customers on a regular basis here at the store, on a daily basis," said district manager Jason Millman.

Millman says the company's strategy of buying large buildings, and leasing space to restaurants has paid off. Then there's the customer service that Millman says you can't stream.

"I think if given the choice of no experience from a box, or a great experience like the one we offer, they'll choose the experience every time," said Millman.

"I think they're more options when you come into the video store, said Roper. "It's just a better experience."

It's an experience Family Video will now fast forward with Blockbuster checked out.

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