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Obituary: Blockbuster Video

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 app now available for Apple iOS

Dish Network-owned Blockbuster has released an app for Apple iOS devices that lets you search for titles, watch trailers, view new releases, and manage...

Dish Closing 300 Blockbuster Stores

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

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

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.

Warner Bros. to stall new releases to Blockbuster

28 Days Later was a scary movie, sure, but 28 days later is an even scarier reality for Blockbuster. Starting tomorrow, that’s the amount of time that Warner Home Video will be delaying new releases to Blockbuster and other video stores. Home Media Magazine reports an agreement between the two sides giving Blockbuster access to new films, a full month before Redbox and Netflix, has expired.

Dish to launch ‘Blockbuster Movie Pass’ streaming service

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.

DISH Network to announce new streaming service

DISH Network may finally put Blockbuster in the streaming business to compete with Netflix. Although representatives for Dish have been quiet about the launch (apparently referred to as "A Stream Comes True), industry publication Home Media Magazine reports the service will be announced in a press conference on Friday, Sept. 23. H

How to save Blockbuster

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

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

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

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

Dish Network, who recently purchased bankrupt movie rental chain Blockbuster, will keep about 600 of the remaining 1,726 stores -- that according to the...

Dish Network wins Blockbuster at auction

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...

Blockbuster On Demand now on 100 devices

Blockbuster says they have reached a milestone of 100 devices that support Blockbuster On Demand rentals. Newly added devices include the new Samsung Galaxy...

Blockbuster adds On Demand device access

Blockbuster has added more accessibility to its BLOCKBUSTER On Demand service by partnering with six new electronics distributers that include Onkyo, Sylvania, Yamaha, Integra,...

Amazon to challenge Netflix streaming movies

According to The Wall Street Journal retail giant Amazon.com may challenge the Netflix streaming product with a service of their own. Apparently the company...

Google to compete with Netflix and Apple?

The company may launch a competing streaming video rental service through YouTube property. According to the Financial Times, Google is in talks with Hollywood to...

Blockbuster now renting video games by mail

Blockbuster is now renting out over 3,000 video game titles by mail for PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Wii consoles. The move positions...

Blockbuster brick and mortar biz dead?

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...

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