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A Blockbuster video store is seen on Nov. 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. Blockbuster announced Wednesday that it will close its 300 remaining U.S. stores by early January.
No more "CLOSING — THIS LOCATION ONLY!" signs — the last approximately 300 Blockbuster Video stores owned by corporate parent Dish Network are bowing to the Netflix empire and closing, including the remaining Southern California locations, the company tells KPCC. There are still dozens of locations in the SoCal area, but they'll all be shuttering their doors.
Those last 300 corporate-owned stores are set to close by early January. Fifty Blockbuster franchisees are remaining open, but none of them are in Southern California.
Blockbuster is also ending its DVD-by-mail service in mid-December, but will continue providing a streaming service.
"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," said Dish president and CEO Joseph P. Clayton in a press release. However, he said that they still see value in the Blockbuster brand and plan to use that while expanding online.
According to Dish, they'll be focusing on their Blockbuster On Demand service, as well as the Blockbuster @Home service for Dish Network subscribers, which includes premium movie channels and streaming.
Want to rent a DVD today? Your options are becoming increasingly limited, with Netflix offering rentals for those with more diverse or specific tastes, while Redbox has got you if you want whatever the big new release is. While Blockbuster is continuing the fight in the streaming arena, they have yet to break out in the way Netflix or even Amazon Prime has as a streaming platform.
If you want to visit one of the last remaining Blockbusters, check out the Blockbuster store locator — and do it quickly.