They’re Finally Removing Blockbuster’s Feeding Tube And Letting It Die

R.I.P.

The slow, agonizing death of Blockbuster Video is finally nearing a merciful end. DISH Network Corporation, which is the parent company of Blockbuster L.L.C., has announced that Blockbuster’s retail locations and DVD mail service will be phased out by January of next year. This will include around 300 stores as well as numerous distribution centers. That’s bad news for anyone who is still employed at these locations. But at this point, working at Blockbuster is equivalent to working at a typewriter factory. The writing was on the wall.

However, don’t expect the once ubiquitous blue-and-yellow-colored logo to withdraw completely from the public eye. Dish Network plans to continue using Blockbuster as a brand in the digital marketplace, offering the Blockbuster @Home service to its existing customers. The company will also continue to support any functioning Blockbuster franchises, which according to the company’s website, make up 18% of all Blockbuster locations. Then again, the website also claims that there are “5,000+ U.S. domestic Blockbuster stores,” so perhaps they laid off their web guy a few years back. At any rate, franchise opportunities are still available, so hurry up and get yours before it’s too late.

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