Major rental chains lose share to smaller specialists
Summary.... Traditional video stores continued to give up market share in 2008 to online subscription rentals and $1-a-night kiosks. But the retrenching by major chains, including closing underperforming stores, gave smaller chains and independents a chance to grow their slice of the traditional market. The reprieve for smaller bricks-and-mortar stores is likely temporary, though. With their financial troubles resolved for the moment, Blockbuster and Movie Gallery will be able to focus on diversifying their product offerings and upgrading the in-store experience.