Blockbuster Canada to liquidate and close all remaining stores

The mega physical format DVD rental service Blockbuster announced today, via CBC, that it will be closing its doors in Canada, liquidating all of its remaining stock to Canadians beginning on Friday September 9 at 10am.

The movie rental giant, which started in 1985, has been facing tough times these past two years, seeing major competition from online media rental services like Netflix and iTunes. Netflix offers unlimited movie rentals over the Internet for as little as $7.99 Canadian.

Blockbuster said that they will begin to liquidate all of their remaining movies, games and other media within the store beginning tomorrow at 10am in all of its 253 remaining stores. Blockbuster already closed and liquidated a number of stores back in June, which saw bare shelves within hours as Canadians were able to pick up stacks of $4 DVDs. Blockbuster isn't alone in closing their movie rental chains, as Rogers video, a local competing movie rental chain, has been closing a number of stores across Canada.

Blockbuster in the United States was purchased by Dish Network back in June, promising to keep only 500 stores open across the country, but the company is already struggling to fight off debt collectors and landlords for the cash.

Blockbuster Canada's store locator can be found here.

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Right now the DVD's are only 15-25% off so everyone its not worth going till they do 50-75% off
I seen the tags in the location that is near me getting ready for the closing sale.

How hard is it for a company like blockbuster to have a Netflix system going? Or do they already? Even mom and pop video rental stores, would it be way too out of the way for them to have their own servers that distribute videos online to rent? Is that a multimillion dollar investment?

Most of the GOOD movie I go see in theater. If the movie was realy good, I tend to buy them. But otherwise, I just wait for the movie to appear on one of the many movies channels available on TV... Or even (rarely) PayPerView.

I don't stream because I hate the overall quality, and on a big screen, you quickly see all the compression effects in the picture. Oh and I love Dolby TruHD or DTS-HD. I'll stream my movies the day the quality will be like Blu-Ray....

I never rented games, so I don't care.

Saw this coming a while back when they filed for protection. Part of me is sad to see it go and another part things they should have moved with the times.

I wonder if the US and UK stores will follow suit?

Teebor said,
Saw this coming a while back when they filed for protection. Part of me is sad to see it go and another part things they should have moved with the times.

I wonder if the US and UK stores will follow suit?


All of the blockbusters in my county closed months ago. I had assumed they already liquidated and sold their US stores. I haven't seen an open blockbuster for a very long time.

Next up, brick and mortar game stores. Gamestop, Software Etc.....I'm looking at you. Digital distribution is the future. Sorry

Soulsiphon said,
Next up, brick and mortar game stores. Gamestop, Software Etc.....I'm looking at you. Digital distribution is the future. Sorry

I liked the old days where Electronics Botique was a store that sold hardware in addition to games and software.... then got ruined when it went games only..... and bought up by gamestop

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

I liked the old days where Electronics Botique was a store that sold hardware in addition to games and software.... then got ruined when it went games only..... and bought up by gamestop


I remember EB games Now they are all GameStops. They will be next to go, but they are already slightly ahead of the curve with their purchase of Impulse.

Soulsiphon said,
Next up, brick and mortar game stores. Gamestop, Software Etc.....I'm looking at you. Digital distribution is the future. Sorry
My only problem with digital distribution is the fact that rentals no longer exist. Game rentals were a great way to play a game through without having to purchase it. I see digital going the way of demos and full games only. Rentals will probably be dead once these remaining stores close.

Andrew Lyle said,

I remember EB games Now they are all GameStops. They will be next to go, but they are already slightly ahead of the curve with their purchase of Impulse.
the Gamestop near my place still has the EB Games sign on it.

Andrew Lyle said,

I remember EB games Now they are all GameStops. They will be next to go, but they are already slightly ahead of the curve with their purchase of Impulse.

Actually, GameStop is even trying to get into the movie business now by opening up Moviestop stores in the southeastern portion of the US. These stores buy/sell movies just like GameStop, but also rents out movies like redbox at $1. Seems like a good idea if they can only expand their operation.

Xero said,
My only problem with digital distribution is the fact that rentals no longer exist. Game rentals were a great way to play a game through without having to purchase it. I see digital going the way of demos and full games only. Rentals will probably be dead once these remaining stores close.

Rentals will live on through OnLive and similar services.

Xero said,
My only problem with digital distribution is the fact that rentals no longer exist. Game rentals were a great way to play a game through without having to purchase it. I see digital going the way of demos and full games only. Rentals will probably be dead once these remaining stores close.

Redbox started doing physical rentals.

why cant blockbuster do online streaming? both online and store exchange for $10 will beat the crap out of Netflix....

still1 said,
why cant blockbuster do online streaming? both online and store exchange for $10 will beat the crap out of Netflix....
Because it wouldn't be profitable.

LordBattleBeard said,
Because it wouldn't be profitable.

Its not profitable for them now either...
How is Netflix doing it then? If they can why cant BB?

still1 said,

Its not profitable for them now either...
How is Netflix doing it then? If they can why cant BB?

Netflix is not doing it, Netflix does not have any brick and mortar stores, that is where the cost is at.

Rooster69 said,

Netflix is not doing it, Netflix does not have any brick and mortar stores, that is where the cost is at.


Yes, but my point is start a separate streaming service beside their actual rental service and that would be extra revenue... Could also attract customer like providing service like daily rental of recent or new movies/DVD rental like redbox maybe....

still1 said,

Yes, but my point is start a separate streaming service beside their actual rental service and that would be extra revenue... Could also attract customer like providing service like daily rental of recent or new movies/DVD rental like redbox maybe....

Then two of your divisions end up competing with each other = cannibalization of sales = failure.