Blockbuster plot UK high street return


Update: So, it appears that this isn’t happening after all. DISH have responded to the claims, explaining: “Contrary to media reports, DISH Network Corporation and Blockbuster L.L.C. have not entered into any licensing agreements for the Blockbuster brand in the UK, nor has it made any statements on the subject.”

Original story: Whilst all of their UK stores had been closed in December after entering administration, Blockbuster will soon make a return to the UK high street.

Crash Entertainment have licensed the Blockbuster brand from owner DISH, to be used for “retail and by mail DVD distribution operations” with which it will open ten stores and rebrand five existing stores of their own.

Games could also make a return, with the company also secure an agreement with Virgin Media to see a Blockbuster video on demand service on their TIVO cable boxes.

“This is good news for Blockbuster customers in the UK, as consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” Dish president and chief executive officer Joseph Clayton said.

“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.”

[Thanks MCV]

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