It's Over: Blockbuster Closing Remaining 300 Stores, Ending DVD Mail
by Ethan Anderton
November 6, 2013
Many would say that video stores have been dead for years, every since Netflix started taking off by mail and then dominated by way of their streaming service, but some regional video store chains are still holding on, and one national chain has been on life support. We're talking about Blockbuster. The appropriately named corporate video store chain (that actually ruined the much cooler, niche video stores that once populated our towns) has been dying, despite starting their own DVD mailing service. Now Blockbuster is taking their last breath as DISH Network has just announced the remaining 300 stores will close in 2014.
In a press release, DISH says Blockbuster will end their retail operations and close all remaining stores by early January 2014, meanwhile the DVD mail service will end in mid-December before the New Year. Services will still be provided until then, and DISH will still keep their Blockbuster On Demand up and running along with their Blockbuster @Home service which offers 15 movie channels like Starz and Epix, along with 20,000 movies and TV shows streamed to TVs, computers or iPads. That's mostly because the app is also part of DISH Network's set-top box applications.
Though Blockbuster was the corporate giant that destroyed Mom & Pop video stores, everyone still has memories of getting the latest home video releases (on VHS) and video games to take home and watch and/or play all weekend. Going to the video store every weekend was a family event, where Mom & Dad got a movie, and us kids got one to occupy us for a few hours of silence for our tired parents. The end of Blockbuster isn't entirely tragic, but it's also not without remorse. This truly is the end of an era, and it will take this video's glimpse back into history, to explain what video stores were to the next generation.