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Australia Credits roll on Brisbane’s last video store

13:04  14 february  2018
13:04  14 february  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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The last remaining video store in Brisbane is calling it quits. Brenton Snell will tonight close his Network Video store in Oxley for the last time Mr Snell recalls a trip to the video store as a kid being a monthly treat – a far cry from today, when streaming services provide a constant flow of new

BRISBANE ’ S last remaining video store has finally faced the final curtain. Today, Network Video Oxley Station closed for good, despite the efforts of locals who tried their best to save the business. Brenton Snell bought the store in 2010 — a time when the industry was already facing serious decline

That’s all folks.

The last remaining video store in Brisbane is calling it quits.

Brenton Snell will tonight close his Network Video store in Oxley for the last time, having spent years trying to save a dying tradition.

Technology has killed the video store.

Like the Walkman, Discman and VCRs before them, DVD rentals will soon be nothing more than a relic of simpler times.

Mr Snell recalls a trip to the video store as a kid being a monthly treat – a far cry from today, when streaming services provide a constant flow of new titles, right to our televisions.

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Brisbane ' s last video store owner Brenton Snell with customer, Remus (left) and James. Video hire stores are fast becoming an anachronism. Credit :Louie Douvis. The ease and convenience of simply downloading a movie or a TV show from iTunes, Netflix or Stan is hurting the video store operators

Hollywood Video in Berwick will close its doors for the last time tonight. "There' s still a lot of us left around the country. I am actually part of a Facebook group, two Facebook groups of video store owners. But a lot of us have been closing lately," Nick Miller said.

“We grew up in a small mining town in Central Queensland,” Mr Snell told The TODAY Show’s Sylvia Jeffreys. “We used to drive two and a half hours to get our movies, so it was a treat for us to go once a month into our grandparent’s place and hit the movie store.”

So what will happen to the thousands of titles still carefully stacked on the shelves, categorised as either New Release, 3-Day or Weekly? They'll be sold off to new homes and possibly become collectors’ items.

Mr Snell has stayed in the game as long as he could, working hard to keep his passion alive.

“It was definitely a challenge,” he said. “We would have liked to make it further.”

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