During the 1980s and the 1990s, video stores were commonplace. The most well-known chains included Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video . After rapid growth in the mid 90s, major industry changes would occur in 1997 with the unveiling of digital video discs (DVD), which led to a massive shakeout of smaller video rental companies who were unable to adapt to the new technology.

By 2000, DVD players were becoming common household items, and many movies that were once released on VHS began to be released on DVD instead. Video stores are now a rarity, with some smaller companies operating out of independent locations. Many larger video chains have gone bankrupt or been bought out by other companies who

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