Blockbuster

The high street needs to innovate or die

It’s been a sad, but inevitable, week for British retail

This week, two former staples of the UK High Street hit their bottom, calling in administrators: HMV; and Blockbuster.

Added to Comet’s demise at the end of last year, the British consumer has seen a lot of household names fail recently.

Blockbuster announces exclusive rentals but fails to deliver streaming

Blockbuster has announced a series of exclusive DVD rental partnerships as it plans to take on streaming services like LoveFilm and Netflix.

Following a deal with several Hollywood studios including Disney, Icon and Lionsgate, new movies including Drive and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will be available to rent in the UK from Blockbuster for three weeks prior to general release.

The DVDs can be rented online or at one of Blockbuster’s 600 high street stores, but cannot be streamed online.