Overseas Exchange stores to phase out DVD rentals
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published: July 07, 2016
The growing popularity of online streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu is sounding the death knell for DVD rentals at AAFES outlets overseas.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores in Japan and Europe will no longer offer DVD rentals in part because Softland, the company that had supplied overseas stores with DVDs, is going out of business, said AAFES spokesman Chris Ward.
“Since customers have largely migrated to on-demand options or streaming options versus renting, the Exchange will no longer offer rentals,” he said in a statement.
DVD rentals will end on Aug. 31, Ward said, who noted that customers have largely migrated to on-demand options or streaming options instead of renting.