I was surprised to read the news that the last Blockbuster stores were finally closing. I was only surprised because I was under the impression that except for a few stray stores here and there that Blockbuster had been completely done for some time.
But now, as Entertainment Weekly tells us, DISH, who own Blockbuster, made the official announcement that Blockbuster is done. “Consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video equipment,” said Joseph P. Clayton, president of DISH in a statement.
There will still be DISH’s Blockbuster @Home, which offers fifteen movie channels, and Blockbuster on Demand, but the last remaining 300 or so stores are going to be closed by early 2014. While I had a lot of video store memberships all over town, and Blockbuster was nowhere near my favorite, it is a bit sad to see the last video stores finally going out of business.
It’s been a long time coming, pretty much since VHS was phased out in 2006, but it’s still the end of an era for many, myself included.