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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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RE: Not so simple
By bobobeastie on 4/7/2009 8:31:53 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe what you are talking about is a franchise/ corporate issue. I'm pretty sure my local blockbuster is corporate owned and I don't think I have ever even seen a pan and scan abomination on their shelves. Worst case scenario is that it's a late 90's non anamorphic DVD release, like the Rock, that they didn't bother replacing when an updated anamorphic version was released.

I'm not sure about NC17 (I can rent those from their online service), but they have plenty of new releases with the unrated gimmick. They just don't have directors cuts outside of blu ray because they don't want to replace their theatrical cuts.


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