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Blockbuster may have been busted by Netflix

For many years Blockbuster video enjoyed great success in the movie rental business. Blockbuster is one of the largest movie rental chains in the country, but the company has found that its continued existence is far from guaranteed.

Blockbuster has announced that there is "substantial doubt" about its ability to continue as a going concern. A going concern is a qualification that refers to an auditor's assessment of a company's ability to continue operations reports MSNBC.

Blockbuster is struggling with profitability and viability in the face of the rising popularity of mail-order rental services like Netflix the company stated in a SEC disclosure. Blockbuster had previously disclosed that an auditor was likely to raise doubts about its long-term viability.

Blockbuster stated last week that its revolving and term loan agreement had been amended giving the company a $250 million revolving loan for financing maturing on September 30, 2010. The company thinks it will be able to close the financing around May 11, but states that the closing of the loan is not assured at this point.

Blockbuster says that even if the loan is funded it, "may not have sufficient liquidity to finance the ongoing obligations of our business, which raises substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern."

Blockbuster shares fell 3 cents to 85 cents in trading after hours after closing at 88 cents reports MSNBC. In July of 2008 Blockbuster was considering the purchase of now defunct Circuit City.  

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By Golgatha on 4/7/2009 7:46:43 PM , Rating: 2
Between Redbox ($1 DVDs with plenty of locations to return the videos to and it doesn't matter where you return the DVD) and Family Video (tiered pricing for how long I think I'd like to rent the movie/game for, stocks Blu-ray for $1.15 less than BB, has better selection in my area, and rents NC-17 and XXX films), Blockbuster doesn't even compete on a local level. Now that Gamefly and Netflix fill the Online rental/streaming movie business better than Blockbuster, it is only logical that they fail.

FWIW, my local BB doesn't hardly stock popular games and their Blu-ray stock in anemic at best (few titles and like 2-3 copies of new releases). Thankfully my local Family Video started stocking Blu-ray discs for $3.85 (as opposed to $5 at BB), and they have better selection and more copies of movies in high def. Their regular movies selection is much better too and prices are lower (although they do charge late fees, but my Family Video isn't very far out of the way from our house).

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