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Many years ago, I helped run a local mom-and-pop video rental store. Business was okay, but not great. By the time I came onto the scene, chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video had started putting the squeeze on independently owned stores by inking revenue sharing deals with movie studios. While we analyzed... Read more...
If you’re a fan of the cancelled Fox cult smash “Arrested Development”, today is the day you’ve been awaiting for years: the show is back. Netflix has followed through on its promise to deliver new episodes, and you can stream all 15 episodes today in HD. However, today’s premier is about... Read more...
Most of us can’t remember the last time we were inside a Blockbuster video store, which is why the chain went belly up nearly two years ago, and why Dish Network is planning to close 300 Blockbuster locations in the coming weeks, which will bring the total number of deceased locations to 800. Dish bought up the... Read more...
Couch potatoes are discovering that it doesn't make sense to keep forking over money to cable companies when they can simply stream the shows they want to watch, when they want to watch them. It's not just a handful of TV viewers cutting the cord, either. According to a research report by The Convergence Consulting... Read more...
Perhaps Dish Network should just pull the plug on Blockbuster completely, but instead it looks like the once popular DVD rental store is destined to die a slow death. The satellite service provider indicated it would be closing more Blockbuster locations in the coming months than originally planned, and those that... Read more...
In April, Dish Network acquired Blockbuster. Since then, there has been plenty of speculation as to what Dish would do with Blockbuster and its assets. We already know Dish will keep 600 Blockbuster stores open, and now we're learning of other possible plans. Word has it that Dish Network is planning to roll out a streaming service using the... Read more...
Dish Network's eleventh hour Blockbuster purchase saved a number of stores from imminent closure, but the company still intends to close additional properties. Blockbuster has spun this into a victory; the company's blog claims to have "saved" stores as opposed to liquidating them. "We’re pleased that we will continue to operate more... Read more...
Desperate times call for desperate measures. And while Blockbuster isn't exactly "out" just yet, they're definitely "down." At least compared to companies like Redbox and Netflix. But if there's ever a time to take advantage of a man being down, this is it. Netflix had to know full-well that the pricing changes would cause a major backlash,... Read more...
Would you invest any time or money into Blockbuster at this point? It would take a really bold (or really rich...or really bored) person to say "yes," but Dish Network must fit that criteria. The company has just decided to broaden their scope when it comes to Blockbuster, and that apparently means taking over around 500 Blockbuster leases.... Read more...
After some six weeks on the auction block, beleagured Blockbuster has found a buyer. The Dish Network has agreed to purchase its erstwhile competitor. The company won the auction with a bid of some $320 million and expects to pay ~$228 million once other transaction adjustments are completed. The purchase process will reportedly be finished... Read more...
Ever heard of Redbox? Probably so. It's the company who puts movie rental kiosks in various stores, giving customers the ability to rent their favorite new release DVD for just $1 per night. This, along with Netflix's cheap monthly rates, have seriously hurt Blockbuster, and movie studios are concerned that they could be hurting the purchase... Read more...
There's lots of great news in the Netflix camp today. The DVD rental service is just getting bigger and better, and it's looking like the Blockbuster of the new generation. Now, there's just expansion on the mind. Netflix has taken over a significant part of America, and the world is the company's oyster. An announcement today from the company... Read more...
Redbox is known as the DVD kiosk company. It's the company that has taken the world by storm by placing a seemingly endless amount of red DVD rental boxes in grocery stores, supermarkets and Walmart locations. They have most likely led to the further decline of Blockbuster sales, and they're arguably quicker and better than Netflix when it... Read more...
There's no question remaining: we're living in a media streaming world. This revolution has been coming, and the steam has been building. Western Digital themselves have created a few media streaming boxes in the past, but now that the new Apple TV and Roku boxes are out, the gloves are off. The new WD TV Live Hub is... Read more...
Well, the birds have been circling Blockbuster for some time now, but they haven't been able to dive down just yet. The rental company is still hanging on, and their only real chance at remaining on the map is revamping their digital delivery services. That means landing partners willing to push it, and Onkyo has... Read more...
Well, we can't all act surprised at the same time. For years now, Blockbuster has been dwindling in importance. The store was once the face of movie renting, and now it's the face of what used-to-be. Ever since Netflix stormed onto the scene with a more convenient method of renting DVDs, Blockbuster has been... Read more...
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and it's pretty safe to assume that Blockbuster has their back against the wall. The company has struggled lately just to keep up with debt payments, and their vast brick-and-mortar network seems to be doing them more harm than good when compared to nimble rivals like... Read more...
Things aren't looking great for Blockbuster. The company, which was arguably one of the most well-known movie rental outfits in the entire world, hasn't had the greatest of years ever since Netflix came into existence. For years, driving out to the nearby movie store for their nightly fix wasn't too much to ask. But... Read more...
And so it begins. Boxee, which has generally let users access a wealth of free online content from a variety of locations, has finally seen the light: you need premium content (or a great Plan B) to stay afloat in today's environment. The company has been quoted as saying that they aren't planning to make anything... Read more...
If a proprietor approaches you about funding his brick and mortar movie rental venture, turn around and run in the other direction just as fast as you can go. Accuse us of overreacting if you will. but we're calling it folks: the in-store movie rental business is dead. Deceased. Six feet under. Pushing up daisies. However you want to put it,... Read more...
This spring, T-Mobile customers with the new HTC HD2 will be able to enjoy full-length movies from Blockbuster On Demand on their handsets. As the exclusive movie download experience that will be embedded on the upcoming HTC HD2 smartphone, Blockbuster On Demand will enable users to buy or rent movies digitally and download them to their smartphone... Read more...
There's no denying the significance of Netflix these days. The once tiny startup is now a monolith in the industry, and it has practically put the likes of Blockbuster on the ropes. What's interesting, however, is that the DVD-by-mail nature of its business isn't getting most of the attention these days. What is? The... Read more...
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