Death Of The Video Store?
Snug in bed, remote control firmly in hand, Atlantan Michael Burke is Blockbuster's worst nightmare. He and his family rent three to four movies a week, yet they haven't been to a video store in two years. There's no need. The Burkes rent movies directly from their cable operator, Charter Communications Inc. From bed, Burke can stop, pause, and rewind movies as if they were on tape in a VCR. "Who needs a video store anymore?" asks Burke, a 42-year-old senior product manager at PerkinElmer Inc.
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