Blockbuster archive

  • Blockbuster won’t die hard, it’s doing a Dawn of the Dead and returning to prove you can live twice
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    Blockbuster won’t die hard, it’s doing a Dawn of the Dead and returning to prove you can live twice

    By 28 February 2014

    Just when you thought Blockbuster had received the last nail in its coffin, the entertainment chain has reappeared. Since shutting down in December 2013 Blockbuster has been licensed by Dish Network Corporation. The company plans to rebrand its Crash...

  • Blockbuster is dead, administrator closes remaining stores and makes 808 employees redundant
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    Blockbuster is dead, administrator closes remaining stores and makes 808 employees redundant

    By 12 December 2013

    So that's it. Blockbuster UK has been closed down completely, with administrators Simon Thomas and Nick O'Reilly of Moorfields Corporate Recovery announcing today that all 91 of the remaining Blockbuster stores in the country will be shut by 16 December...

  • Blockbuster enters administration, placing 2,000 jobs at risk in UK
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    Blockbuster enters administration, placing 2,000 jobs at risk in UK

    By 11 November 2013

    Less than a week after Blockbuster US announced it would close all physical stores in the country, Blockbuster UK has gone into administration. Moorfields Corporate Recovery is the appointed administrator. Blockbuster in Britain is a subsidiary of US-based...

  • Blockbuster US to close remaining retail stores and DVD mail operation
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    Blockbuster US to close remaining retail stores and DVD mail operation

    By 6 November 2013

    It's the end of an era. Blockbuster - once a pioneer in the video rental space -  is to close its remaining retail stores in the US, as well as end its DVD by Mail operations in the country. Blockbuster's brand and video library will be retained by owner...

  • Xbox One: Pre-order with £20 deposit, Game and Blockbuster lead the way
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    Xbox One: Pre-order with £20 deposit, Game and Blockbuster lead the way

    By 21 May 2013

    Moments after the official unveiling of Xbox One and it's already available for pre-order in the UK, even though there's no official price or release date yet. But that hasn't stopped Game and Blockbuster from leading the way in the UK. Both companies...

  • Blockbuster UK lives on through buyout: 264 stores and 2,000 jobs will remain
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    Blockbuster UK lives on through buyout: 264 stores and 2,000 jobs will remain

    By 24 March 2013

    After going into administration in mid-January, Blockbuster UK is bouncing back after findin a buyer to keep it afloat. Private equity firm Gordon Brothers Europe has purchased the retailer for an undisclosed sum. It plans to keep 264 stores across the...

  • Blockbuster latest UK high street chain to enter administration, gift cards still accepted
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    Blockbuster latest UK high street chain to enter administration, gift cards still accepted

    By 16 January 2013

    It's like a house of cards on the high street at the moment, with the UK arm of Blockbuster becoming the latest company to enter administration as the recession claims another retail chain. We've already seen Game, Comet, Play.com, Jessops and HMV being...

  • Blockbuster launches 3-week exclusive rental incentive to combat streaming services
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    Blockbuster launches 3-week exclusive rental incentive to combat streaming services

    By 19 January 2012

    Blockbuster in the UK has launched a scheme to turn heads to physical media movie rentals and away from the streamed media offerings of the newly launched Netflix and Lovefilm. Called Exclusives, the range of films on offer have a 3-week window in which...

  • Pocket-lint Podcast #18
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    Pocket-lint Podcast #18

    By 26 September 2010

    The Pocket-lint team have been jetting around the world of late, catching up on all the exciting developments in tech and gadgetry, so there was no podcast last week. And we know that may have had you all weeping uncontrollably for the last 7 days, so...

  • Blockbuster goes bust
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    Blockbuster goes bust

    By 23 September 2010

    DVD rental chain Blockbuster has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. The loss-making brand has suffered in recent years at the hands of online rental firms such as Netflix - the US market leader. While this won't effect Blockbuster operations throughout...

  • There's no rewinding for Blockbuster
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    There's no rewinding for Blockbuster

    By 5 July 2010

    Blockbuster, once the cream of video rentals on both sides of the pond, has come a cropper in the digital age and its stock has fallen so low that it has been de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange. The former rental champion has struggled to compete...

  • Blockbuster On Demand goes live on select Samsung devices
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    Blockbuster On Demand goes live on select Samsung devices

    By 15 October 2009

    We knew this was coming, but Samsung and Blockbuster have now announced the immediate availability of Blockbuster's On Demand digital content for rent or purchase on select Samsung HDTVs and Blu-ray players in the States. With the Blockbuster service,...

  • Blockbuster and Motorola eye phone movie market
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    Blockbuster and Motorola eye phone movie market

    By 18 August 2009

    Blockbuster has said that it will offer movie downloads on-demand for some Motorola phones as it continues to battle declining video rentals in its stores. In what presumably must be a last ditch attempt to create a new business model to replace the current...

  • Daily Tech Deal: Wii Sports Resort £37.73 at Blockbuster
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    Daily Tech Deal: Wii Sports Resort £37.73 at Blockbuster

    By 24 July 2009

    Today sees the release of Wii Sports Resort, the long awaited sequel to the hit bundled game Wii Sports. Replacing baseball and tennis are the new activities of wake-boarding, canoeing, archery, cycling, swordplay, table tennis, basketball and Frisbee....

  • Samsung to offer Blockbuster OnDemand movies
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    Samsung to offer Blockbuster OnDemand movies

    By 14 July 2009

    In the States, it's been announced that Blockbuster's "OnDemand" movie rental service will be integrated into Samsung electronics. An expansion for Blockbuster from its retail stores, the digital service will come as standard on future internet-connected...

  • Microsoft to announce 60GB Xbox 360 at E3?
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    Microsoft to announce 60GB Xbox 360 at E3?

    By 9 July 2008

    Could Microsoft be planning to unveil a 60GB Xbox 360 at its E3 press conference next week? It certainly seems that could be the case, according to an intercepted email which appears to be from Microsoft to top retailers GameStop and Blockbuster. Gamers...

  • Blockbuster withdraws Circuit City offer
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    Blockbuster withdraws Circuit City offer

    By 2 July 2008

    Blockbuster has announced that it has decided to withdraw its proposal to acquire Circuit City. The movie rental company said it has been in talks with the struggling Circuit City for months regarding an acquisition offering $6 to $8 per share in cash...

  • Greenpeace criticises "un-green" console makers
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    Greenpeace criticises "un-green" console makers

    By 21 May 2008

    Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have all been slammed by Greenpeace for not doing enough to eliminate potentially harmful chemicals and metals from their games consoles. The body examined materials used inside the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and...

  • How new is your new Xbox 360?
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    How new is your new Xbox 360?

    By 21 May 2008

    A French website claims to have uncovered something fishy in the new European Xbox 360 bundles. The website, Logic-Sunrise, claims to have found hardware in the new consoles that dates back to the days before the Red Ring of Death-combatting Falcon motherboard....

  • Blockbuster to open games-only stores?
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    Blockbuster to open games-only stores?

    By 21 May 2008

    Industry whispers suggest that Blockbuster is getting ready to open specialist games outlets on the UK high street. Sources say the company, that currently deals mainly with rentals, is hoping to become one of the big contenders in games retail and is...

  • Blockbuster goes public with unsolicited bid for Circuit City
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    Blockbuster goes public with unsolicited bid for Circuit City

    By 14 April 2008

    Blockbuster has announced it is to take an unsolicited $1 billion-plus bid for Circuit City Stores Inc. directly to the consumer electronics chain's shareholders, saying Circuit City has not responded to repeated offers. The struggling movie rental company...

  • Blockbuster to launch Apple TV rival
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    Blockbuster to launch Apple TV rival

    By 10 April 2008

    Blockbuster, arguably one of the slower companies to innovate in the next-gen movie market, is developing a set-top device to rival the likes of Apple TV, The Hollywood Reports states. The standalone branded gadget will stream films directly to TV sets...

  • Blockbuster shares plummet
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    Blockbuster shares plummet

    By 16 January 2008

    The announcement from Apple that it is to offer movie rentals through iTunes has had a devastating effect on shares in rental chain Blockbuster. Upon Apple's announcement at the start of the Macworld tradeshow in San Francisco, shares in Blockbuster plunged...

  • 2007: A year in review, June
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    2007: A year in review, June

    By 28 December 2007

    As the sun finally came out, the HD DVD/Blu-ray format war hotted up. Toshiba made the gadget world headlines with the launch of a re-writable HD DVD drive for notebook PCs - the SD-912A. And 4 days later, Toshiba's senior vice-president Hisatsugu Nonaka...

  • HD DVD "misses the boat" in Australia
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    HD DVD "misses the boat" in Australia

    By 4 December 2007

    The HD DVD camp has been criticised for neglecting the Australian market. Video Ezy and Blockbuster have announced their support for Blu-ray, saying HD DVD was "missing the boat" by not taking the Australian market seriously enough. Paul Uniacke, managing...