Blockbuster Video on the Brink of Bankruptcy

As a former Family Video manager, I’ve been hearing this rumor for years. But now, it appears to finally be true. The LA Times reports that “After dominating the home video rental business for more than a decade and struggling to survive in recent years against upstarts Netflix and Redbox, Blockbuster Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy next month, according to people who have been briefed on the matter.

“Blockbuster is hoping to use its time in Chapter 11 to restructure a crippling debt load of nearly $1 billion and escape leases on 500 or more of it 3,425 stores in the U.S. Maintaining the support of Hollywood’s film studios during the process will be critical so that Blockbuster can continue to rely upon an uninterrupted supply of new DVDs.”

Maybe if they stopped charging $5 to rent a new DVD people would rent there.


Source: LA Times