Trends

Winners and losers in the movie rental wars

Back in days of VHS tapes, Blockbuster was the king of the movie-rental market, but the chain stumbled badly as consumers’ viewing options blossomed. Companies such as Netflix, Redbox and Amazon Prime turned customers onto DVDs-by-mail, self-serve kiosks and online streaming, with many never again returning to a brick-and-mortar store. Consequently, Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy last year, but a recent takeover by DISH Network Corp. means that not all Blockbuster storefronts will be shuttered, at least for now. Check out this infographic to see how the company has shrank, and how its competitors have grown.

Shane Snow is founder of Visual Economics and Printing Choice.