Source: “Netflix resistance: The video stores fighting the rise of streaming in Spain“
These small businesses are continuing to attract customers, who are interested in a wider collection of movies and do not want algorithms deciding what they should watch
“I havefor my children, but I don’t watch anything on them because they only offer and I don’t want them to know what I like,” says Julián (not his real name), who is rummaging through a selection of classic films at Regreso al Pasado (Back to the Future), a store that sells DVDs, Blu-Rays, records and collector items in the center of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in Spain’s Canary Islands. “Often I see that the family is watching something awful and I turn around, my computer and go to see a Cary Grant film.”
Regreso al Pasado,in the city, is Enrique Asunción, Víctor Muñiz and Jorge Sosa. The three have experience in the film and music industry, and one day decided that the in digital streaming platforms, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, was physical formats, which are crucial to collectors, and less commercial films. It is one of the 300 or so video stores that open in Spain, according to figures from the industry.
These 300 stores are part of a small, but global. Only recently, the Wall Street Journal published an article about Free Blockbuster, a that began in 2019 that allows residents of Los Angeles to movies on VHS for free. This for physical movies, combined with in algorithms, is also present in Spain. ..