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Video rental stores survive in digital era

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 12 2013   /  09:51 am
Under siege: A customer considers renting a DVD at Star Disc video rental store in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, on Thursday. Video rental stores in Jakarta say they are suffering from the growing popularity of illegal Internet downloading. (JP/Nadya Natahadibrata)(JP/Nadya Natahadibrata)

Under siege: A customer considers renting a DVD at Star Disc video rental store in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, on Thursday. Video rental stores in Jakarta say they are suffering from the growing popularity of illegal Internet downloading. (JP/Nadya Natahadibrata)Did the Internet kill the video rental store? Apparently, not yet.

Amid the popularity of downloading movies from the Internet and booming sales of pirated DVDs in the country, a limited number of Jakartans still prefer to rent original movies, judging from the surprising survival of video rental stores in the capital.

Yulianto, 25, entered Video Club, a DVD rental store in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, on Thursday morning. He was looking for a copy of the critically acclaimed local action movie The Raid.

“I usually watch movies in theaters, but if I didn’t have the time to go to the theater, I come here [t...