Blockbuster Closes The Last 300 Stores Remaining in The U.S.

1988 Blockbuster Video Commercial [HQ]Recorded from an old Betamax Cassette I had in my basement. Old commercials rule!!! I found a new way to record these commercials in high quality 720×480. No more crappy, low resolution videos from me. Enjoy!!!2009-12-03T05:08:49.000Z

It’s the end of an era. Bloomberg News reports that Blockbuster will shut down the last set of 300 stores remaining in the U.S. The video rental chain will be no more including the streaming service it tried to establish with the arrival of Netflix. The plan will go into effect early 2014.

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While it may be sad for movie buffs from the 90’s who frequented this bastion of film knowledge, this classifies as more of a milestone instead of a surprise. The company has been struggling for years thanks to the shift towards streaming. The Dish Network CEO (the company acquired the chain in 2011) even acknowledged that in his official statement seen here.

1993 Blockbuster Christmas CommercialRemember when Blockbuster was relevant? Also, lol at "Video Games for the kids".2010-04-28T00:47:07.000Z

It’s no question that Blockbuster has had a serious fall from grace. Two years ago, the New York Times pointed out that other businesses were staking their claim in the forgotten shells. Back in its heyday, Blockbuster was considered a game changer. Blockbuster fell apart a long time ago but Netlix and Amazon will benefit from picking up the remaining pieces.