Obituary: Blockbuster Video

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Blockbuster Video, once the most boffo of all video store chains, died this Wednesday after a long period spent in a persistent vegetative state. The once mighty brick-n-mortar retailer of top-rated movies was 28 years old.

Blockbuster On Demand app now available for Apple iOS devices

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Blockbuster has just released an iOS version of their On Demand app that allows Apple mobile devices to instantly stream movies in HD (even 1080p) with 5.1 surround sound (although high-definition quality calls for a consistant…

Dish Closing 300 Blockbuster Stores

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Dish Networks will be closing 300 Blockbuster video stores in an effort to further thin out the once powerful brand, and is advancing its plans to move Blockbuster’s headquarters from Dallas, Texas to Meridian, Colorado where Dish’s current operations are based.

Redbox/Warner agreement expires, but customers benefit

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Redbox has decided not to renew an agreement with Warner Brothers which allowed them to acquire movies directly the studio, instead they will purchase titles “through alternative means” — meaning, retail. This might not turn out all bad though for customers,

Blockbuster plays Santa with free batteries

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On Christmas day Blockbuster will give away two free packs of AA or AAA batteries — no purchase necessary. The stores will be open from noon until 10 p.m. and the batteries are available while supplies last. Blockbuster is hoping the promotion will get customers into stores on X-mas day to pick up a new movie or gaming title.

Dish to launch ‘Blockbuster Movie Pass’ streaming service

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Dish Network has taken the antiquated movie rental company Blockbuster and turned it into a completely relevant multi-service provider. Their newest announcement, Blockbuster Movie Pass, will provide streaming content to subscribers much like the service Netflix has been offering.

How to save Blockbuster

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First, Dish must do whatever they can to offer a monthly subscription-based streaming service exactly like Netflix. That means, none of this a-la-carte or PC-only business. Blockbuster should bite the bullet and offer as many titles as they can online with the goal of offering more mainstream and blockbuster titles than Netflix.

Blockbuster to keep 1,500 stores

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Blockbuster, now owned by DISH Network, has announced they will keep 1,500 stores open in the U.S. after a New York court approved closing of the stores under bankruptcy protection. The company says they have made agreements with the property owners to keep the stores running, which in effect employs 1,500 people.

Blockbuster offers unlimited free rentals through July 4

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If you’re a Blockbuster customer you may have received a postcard offering “Unlimited Free Rentals” though July 4th. Well, here’s the catch. You get a free 1-day rental whenever you rent a new release for $2.99. The free movie must be a $1.99 rental or less, and you can only have one out at a time. The promotion doesn’t include games (or, oddly enough defensive driving courses). New movies include such titles as Black Swan, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part. 1, and Kung Fu Panda.

Dish offering free Blockbuster trial

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With all the madness surrounding the PSN outage and the excitement of the NBA playoffs we had almost forgotten about the Dish Network acquisition of Blockbuster. Well, Dish has made its first move to rebuilding the Blockbuster brand by offering three months of free Blockbuster By Mail. But there’s a hitch.

Dish keeps Blockbuster stores but rejects gift cards

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Dish Network, who recently purchased bankrupt movie rental chain Blockbuster, will keep about 600 of the remaining 1,726 stores — that according to the Dallas Morning News. That means Dish plans to continue operating the stores,…

Dish Network wins Blockbuster at auction

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In an auction ending about 1:30 a.m. last night Dish Network won a bid for the bankrupt Blockbuster Inc. for about $320.6 million. According to The Wall Street Journal, the auction ended at Manhattan law firm…

Blockbuster On Demand now on 100 devices

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Blockbuster says they have reached a milestone of 100 devices that support Blockbuster On Demand rentals. Newly added devices include the new Samsung Galaxy Tab with 32GB of expandable storage and the Samsung Continuum Android-powered smartphone….

Blockbuster adds On Demand device access

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Blockbuster has added more accessibility to its BLOCKBUSTER On Demand service by partnering with six new electronics distributers that include Onkyo, Sylvania, Yamaha, Integra, and Western Digital. A total of seven new devices are now capable…

Blockbuster brick and mortar biz dead?

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It’s hard to believe the company that opened thousands of stores nationwide and lead the movie rental business soon after launching in 1985 could possibly go belly up. But video-on-demand, kiosks, and movies-by-mail may have toppled…

Blockbuster On Demand added to Philips Blu-ray players

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The newest Blu-ray Disc players from Philips will feature Blockbuster On Demand support, allowing streaming movie purchases without having to go to a rental store. The Philips 5320 and 7320 Blu-ray player models have supposedly added…

Toshiba announces Blu-ray players that stream Netflix & Blockbuster

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Former Blu-ray rival Toshiba has officially announced availability of two reasonably priced Blu-ray Disc players. The BDX2500 ($179.99) and BDX2700 ($249.99) include Wi-Fi, 7.1 channel audio, 24 frames-per-second, and compatibility with Netflix and Blockbuster On Demand.

Best Buy to take on iTunes and Amazon VOD

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Best Buy.com – ship or pick up in-store! Big box retailer Best Buy doesn’t plan on watching Apple and Amazon dominate the online movie sales business, or sit back waiting for Walmart’s Vudu service to take…

Blockbuster announces new deals with Fox and Sony

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Blockbuster has made new deals with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to provide customers with day-and-date titles from stores or by mail. Last month Blockbuster also renewed an agreement with Warner…

Blockbuster renews Warner deal, On Demand added to Samsung products

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Blockbuster has renewed a previous agreement with Warner Bros. to offer new titles immediately for rental by mail or in-store. Movies include today’s release of The Blind Side and next Tuesday’s (Mar. 30) release of Sherlock…

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