Somewhere in the dark abyss of America's backwoods towns and podunk Grover's Corners, there apparently still existed approximately 300 Blockbuster retail locations. Like, brick and mortar locations where customers—presumably folks who had never been to a Walmart or connected to the Internet—could trade money that they earned at their jobs for the privilege of temporarily having a DVD in their possession.
But, per an announcement from the DISH Network Corporation, which now reigns over the ruins of Blockbuster L.L.C.'s former empire, teenagers are going to need to find a new excuse to get out of the house to dry hump each other in the back seat because those 300-some locations (and Blockbuster's mail service) will cease to exist in the very near future.
"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH president and chief executive officer. "Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings."
The Blockbuster By Mail service will end mid-December and will serve existing customers until that time. [Wall Street Journal]
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go watch literally any movie or television show that tickles my fancy because, the Internet.