Franchisee Jean King has moved shop to a new Video Ezy store in the main street of Murwillumbah.
Franchisee Jean King has moved shop to a new Video Ezy store in the main street of Murwillumbah. Crystal Spencer

Video rentals are on the up and up

MURWILLUMBAH video store owner Jean King believes the video rental industry has a strong future despite competition from digital TV channels, new hi-tech ways of recording programs and the internet.

In fact she is so positive about the future she has just moved shop to what she believes is a better location in Murwillumbah’s main street in a former sports good store next to a chicken takeaway shop.

Ms King, who bought the Video Ezy franchise five years ago, spent last Thursday moving shop from underneath Sunnyside Shopping Mall “with lots of help” from family and friends.

While many customers still decide to get a movie to watch “on the spur of the moment” she said changes in the video industry, such as the introduction of blue-ray DVDs and players were providing a better picture which customers liked.

“Blue-ray is becoming more popular at the moment,” she said. “That’s the way things are headed.”

Earlier this year Paul Uniacke, founder and owner of Franchise Entertainment Group which oversees the Video Ezy chain, said movie DVDs were a growth industry despite growing competition.

“People are consuming more movie rentals than ever before,” he said. “About 90 million DVDs were sold in Australia last year and 13 million DVDs rented out.”



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