Blockbuster Is Closing Its Last 300 Stores

Ending DVD-by-mail service too

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Illustration by Alexander Ho for TIME

Blockbuster’s brick-and-mortar locations will be extinct by New Year’s Day.

Although physical Blockbuster stores have been few and far between, parent company Dish Network announced on Wednesday that it would shutter the doors of the last 300 U.S. stores by the end of the year and end its by-mail DVD-distribution service by early January.

“This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” Dish CEO Joseph P. Clayton said.

Instead, Blockbuster will focus on streaming content to Dish customers.


South Park had one of their better moments dealing with the decline of the video store.


@boychik0830 I cannot believe they held on this long.

In all honesty if netflix hadn't of spent all of 2011 and 20012 shooting themselves in the foot Blockbuster would have never made it through the recession.