300 stores and remaining distribution centres to close by January 2014
The Dish Network will close all remaining Blockbuster retail stores and distribution centres in the U.S., resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs.
Dish will call time on its Blockbuster retail business in January, 2014, with the DVD-by-mail service scheduled to close one month before. In total, around 2800 jobs will be lost in the process.
“This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” said Dish CEO Joseph P. Clayton. “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.”
Dish acquired Blockbuster for $320 million at auction after it filed for bankruptcy in September, 2010. Since then, the business has continued to struggle, trimming or selling assets both in the U.S. and abroad.
Blockbuster will continue to trade through its digital-only services, Blockbuster @Home and Blockbuster On Demand.
Well it’s finally here! How many are already playing World of Warcraft’s new expansion Mists of Pandaria ? What are your first impressions? I bought my copy today and will be giving a review after I play a through a few levels. Since this is WOW’s first neutral character, it will be a tough choice to make since I have characters on both factions and it is always fun to see alternate quests etc.. I’ll probably go with Alliance first just because I’m most familiar with that faction.
On to the contents. I purchased the regular box version but the digital purchase comes with a flying mount. I just like to hold the physical box in my hand, it’s just me.
Inside the box you will find 2 DVD disks, 3 Guest pass codes, 1 for Starcraft 2 and the other 2 for World of Warcraft. I do not know if this arrangement differs from box to box. You will also find a quick-start guide instead of the regular instruction booklet we are used to getting. This guide generally tells you what you need to do to add the game to your battle.net account, how to open a new account if you do not already have one and basically how to install the game and join the WOW community. It also contains a Mists of Pandaria notepad so you can write down all those important things you want to remember when you go shopping I guess, but it is nice to have as a collector.
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