DISH Network has snapped up Blockbuster’s assets for $320m, after the bankrupt rental retailer put itself up for auction after facing an insurmountable $1bn in debt. “With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for DISH Network” Tom Cullen, DISH Network’s exec in charge of sales, marketing and programming reckons, suggesting that the satellite company won’t immediately shutter all the stores.
Still, with Blockbuster’s physical rental model on shaky ground, it remains to be seen how much DISH Network can salvage. Back in September 2010 there were around 3,000 Blockbuster stores open across the US, though the company planned to axe 500-800 of them; that total has now obviously dropped by almost half, under continuing pressure from IPTV streaming providers like Netflix, iTunes and Amazon.
The acquisition is expected to be finalized sometime this quarter, assuming the bankruptcy court approves.
DISH Network Agrees to Acquire Blockbuster Assets
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) announced that it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, Inc. DISH Network’s winning bid was valued at approximately $320 million. After certain adjustments are made at closing of the transaction, including adjustments for available cash and inventory, DISH Network expects to pay approximately $228 million in cash to acquire Blockbuster at the closing which is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2011.
“With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for DISH Network,” said Tom Cullen, executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Programming for DISH Network. “While Blockbuster’s business faces significant challenges, we look forward to working with its employees to re-establish Blockbuster’s brand as a leader in video entertainment.”
Completion of the transaction is contingent upon satisfaction of certain conditions, including bankruptcy court approval.
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