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Blockbuster files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Sep 23 2010, 5:30am CDT | by , in News | Home Entertainment

As expected Blockbuster files Bankruptcy.

Blockbuster files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
 
 

In August Blockbuster already warned that they might have to file for Bankruptcy in September. Today it happened. Blockbuster announced that it has reached an agreement to  recapitalize their Balance Sheet and substantially reduce its indebtedness. The recapitalization plan would substantially reduce the Blockbuster's indebtedness from nearly $1 billion currently to an estimated $100 million or less when implemented.

To implement this "pre-arranged" recapitalization, the Company and its domestic subsidiaries have filed voluntary Chapter 11 petitions with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Blockbuster's non-U.S. operations and its domestic and international franchisees, all of which are legally separate entities, were not included in the filings and are not parties to the Chapter 11 proceedings.

All of Blockbuster's U.S. operations, including its stores, DVD vending kiosks, by-mail and digital businesses, are open and serving customers in the normal course. Blockbuster is fulfilling all orders as usual, including continuing to provide access to new releases the first day they become available. Blockbuster intends to continue honoring its Rewards program, valid coupons, gift cards and other customer programs.

Blockbuster has now the chance to re-emerge, but the question is how. Netflix and other digital movie rental services have pushed Blockbuster to the wall. The only chance I see is for Blockbuster to take all its brand value and go digital.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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