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Blockbuster’s last day to rent set for November 9th

Blockbuster’s last day to rent set for November 9th

The final day any person living will be able to rent a video from the physical rental store chain Blockbuster has been set for November 9th, 2013. While this day has been solidified for physical rentals of media from the stores across the United States, store locations will remain open for several weeks afterward. According to DISH, in addition to staying open to accept returns, these final weeks will be used to liquidate stock.

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Blockbuster stores closing: where do all the rentals go? [UPDATE]

Blockbuster stores closing: where do all the rentals go? [UPDATE]

Today the folks at DISH have stated that their subsidiary Blockbuster will be closing its physical stores nationwide. That includes every single physical rental store with a Blockbuster sign in front of it, not just the 16 that used to be across your city reduced in recent months to a scant few. This move will close all of the remaining Blockbuster stores in the USA - all 300 of them.

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Blockbuster On Demand for iOS looks to take on Netflix

Blockbuster On Demand for iOS looks to take on Netflix

Blockbuster On Demand has been available on a heap of devices for a while now, but the app just launched on iOS today, allowing users to stream Blockbuster content on their devices using a per-movie payment scheme. The app launched on Android back in January, and it looks like the company is wanting to spice things up again with an iOS release.

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Dish Network to close 300 Blockbuster stores in the US

Dish Network to close 300 Blockbuster stores in the US

Blockbuster was once the largest movie rental company in the country before digital services such as Netflix and others began to seriously encroach on its turf. Blockbuster was forced to close many of its stores around the country and eventually filed bankruptcy. Satellite TV company Dish Network purchased Blockbuster in 2011 for $320 million.

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160 Blockbuster UK stores set to shut down

160 Blockbuster UK stores set to shut down

Last week, Blockbuster UK announced that it had entered administration, with Deloitte appointed as administrator. At the time, we weren't sure what was going to happen to Blockbuster UK's 528 stores and more than 4,000 employees, but today we're getting a better idea. Deloitte has announced that a total of 160 stores will close, with an unknown amount of jobs being eliminated with this shutdown.

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Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Things just went from bad to worse for Blockbuster, with its UK arm entering administration today. That probably won't come as much of a surprise to most folks, considering that Blockbuster has suffered at the hands of online retailers and streaming services like Netflix for years now. For the 4,190 employees who work at Blockbuster's 528 stores in the UK, however, this certainly is sour news.

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Blockbuster launches new Android app

Blockbuster launches new Android app

Blockbuster was once the largest movie rental company in the country. The company has seen its popularity decline significantly in recent years as more and more people move to streaming movie rentals and mail-order services from Netflix and others. Blockbuster has closed many of its locations around the country, but there are still some Blockbuster movie rental stores around and the company also runs a mail-order rental service.

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Blockbuster plans to sell phones at its retail stores, sources say

Blockbuster plans to sell phones at its retail stores, sources say

Some individuals claiming to be on the inside have revealed that Blockbuster plans to sell phones at its retails stores, of which there are about 850. The company already offers phones online from the likes of T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. This information comes via Bloomberg, where the unnamed sources provided a few details.

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Blockbuster ditches plans for Netflix competitor

Blockbuster ditches plans for Netflix competitor

When Dish bought Blockbuster after its bankruptcy last year, the company had plans to overhaul their movie streaming and DVD-by-mail service for Dish customers by using Blockbuster stores to sell mobile devices that would be used to stream Blockbuster movies. However, it turns out Dish is going to pull a 180 and scrap its plans to turn Blockbuster into an ultimate Netflix competitor.

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Nintendo Wii U launch games leaked

Nintendo Wii U launch games leaked

Nintendo's next-generation Wii U is garnering plenty of interest thanks to its non-standard form factor and controller, but any gamer knows that a console lived and dies by its titles. We've already seen a few titles leak through, but a purported Blockbuster inventory screen has revealed a list of no less than 25 new games. Among expected fare like Assassin's Creed III and a new Super Mario Brothers game are surprises like Tekken, Splinter Cell and Just Dance 4.

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Dish Network’s Blockbuster acquisition paid off

Dish Network’s Blockbuster acquisition paid off

In the most recent quarter, Dish Network managed to add 22,000 new subscribers, a feat it says was accomplished by its acquisition of fledgling retail chain Blockbuster. If you are still living in the 1990s, what you probably picture from reading that statement is a bunch of promotional standees in Blockbuster stores offering a special Dish Network subscription package. Nope, the brick-and-mortar section of Blockbuster is very much dead weight, but Dish's marketing of the company's online service seems to be working.

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Blockbuster On Demand coming to Samsung gadgets

Blockbuster On Demand coming to Samsung gadgets

Samsung has inked a deal with Blockbuster to deliver on-demand streaming movie and TV shows to Samsung smart TVs, ultrabooks, smartphones and tablets later in 2012. The service will hit Samsung hardware in the US, UK and across Europe in the first half of this year, according to Smarthouse, while other regions, including Australia, will have to wait until the second half of 2012 before they see it. Samsung is apparently cooking up a global billing system for easy content purchase no matter which device they're using.

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