Blockbuster UK latest retailer to go under

Wednesday, 16th January 2013 14:39 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Blockbuster UK has gone into administration, following the collapse of HMV earlier this week.

Lee Manning, of joint administrator Deloitte, said:

“We are working closely with suppliers and employees to ensure the business has the best possible platform to secure a sale, preserve jobs and generate as much value as possible for all creditors.

“The core of the business is still profitable and we will continue to trade as normal in both retail and rental whilst we seek a buyer for all or parts of the business as a going concern.

“During this time gift cards and credit acquired through Blockbuster’s trade-in scheme will be honoured towards the purchase of goods.”

Blockbuster is the third UK media retailer to vanish this year, following HMV earlier this week and last week.



  1. Fin

    ‘the fuck is up with the font on Sky’s page? Be consistent ffs.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    Better get those gift cards turned into goods fast if ya have em.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. friendlydave

    I thought Blockbuster was already gone, Haven’t seen a store since I was a Kid.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. CyberMarco

    More like Blockbusted! :p

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    I can’t believe they lasted this long, to be honest.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. theevilaires

    They got too greedy when they were the only business in town doing rentals back in the 90′s. I remember when you could even rent game consoles way back from them. of course that stopped real soon for the right reasons but their cocky I’m the only kid on the block with this attitude helped drive them in the ground once Redbox and netflix came out of nowhere.

    Theres still a few stores around maybe like 3 to 4 to a state now. Anyway R.I.P. Blockbuster.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    Blockbusters are about dead. All the stores in 50 mile radius went under and then Blockbuster tried to do a redbox business model only they were too late. Now those vending machines are in the most remote places you can find because redbox has everywhere else.

    Their inability to adapt is what caused them to keel over.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Digital Bamboo

    They went under in Canada about a year ago. Only reason it wasn’t sooner is Canadian ISPs are fucking terrible.

    Goodbye Blockbuster, you used to be pretty cool.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. friendlydave

    Redbox, Blockbuster vending machines? Where they US only? Never heard or seen one of them before.

    I remember I stopped going to block buster once DVD’s where getting real cheap. Funny enough I used to go to HMV or MVC instead and buy a DVD.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. absolutezero

    Well thats the last actual store gone from my town.

    Which is nice. Now our Tescos will be even more shitty and lazy because the only other competition is Argos.

    Now I have no reason to ever leave my house.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. daytripper

    Hope those who are losing work will find something soon, the HMV people too

    #11 2 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    There were many factors why they went under. I personally always hated the people they hire for these places. Lazy ass losers who just wanted a pay check to get high. Thats why they lost my business. Now I love the new and approved Blockbuster….Kickasstorrents FTW! :)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Jude1962

    I own a dvd rental shop a small family business and in the past year have noticed a big change since on line streaming plus downloading we are still going strong and will remain open we have been open for 7 years now and still people are coming in to join to this day.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. friendlydave

    @10 The town I live near is in the same boat, the Highstreet is just coffee shops and a McDonald’s while the shopping precinct is an Argos, Tesco, WHSmiths and Topman. Everything else is boarded up.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    My friend used to rent new N64 games, open the cartridge case up, replace it with a crappy old game that he had scratched up so it wouldn’t work.

    Then he’d put the case back together and say ‘xxx’ game didn’t work, they’d test it and of course it wouldn’t work.

    Hey presto, free (or slightly cheaper) new release game!

    Ah the joys of teenage behaviour :)

    #15 2 years ago
  16. NightCrawler1970

    Here in US they gone too(retail) but online/mail they still running but for how long?… time change when Netflix came around the corner and won the market…

    I seen redboxes most at Walmart and Walgreen, people using them allot, just for 1 dollar to rent a movie…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    I guess this is the price for laziness and convenience.

    And they wonder why obesity is on the up and up.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Phoenixblight


    2$ for a game. Out here in Austin they are at every walmart,grocery store, walgreens and 7-11. You can’t go 5 miles without seeing one.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. theevilaires

    @ 17 what the hell does this have to do with obesity? Because people rather not go to Blockbuster stores anymore to be treated like shit by their staff and they would rather go to wal-Mart and use redbox makes them obese?

    You talk just to talk don’t you?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Cobra951

    There are still some Blockbusters in the US, but I haven’t visited one in ages. It’s way too easy to get movies now without having to drive anywhere. They didn’t adapt properly to the digital changes, and they’ve paid the price.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @19 Its a statistically supported fact that people (especially in America) move around and walk less than they did 10 years ago. Obesity has also risen exponetially in that time, to the point where it is now consider an epidemic – one in every three Americans is obese.

    People also don’t socialise as much as they used to 20 years ago.

    People don’t move around as much because technology has made life convenient enough that they simply don’t have to.

    I’ve never had any problems with the staff of Xtra-Vision (the Irish branch of Blockbusters). Heck, I met some of my best friends in those stores. It’s not our fault that you’re a naturally condescending, hateful, full of it human being who thinks that any stranger that doesn’t think like you is an instantly inferior human being.

    #21 2 years ago

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