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Blockbuster Movie Rentals

Keep DVDs as long as you want. There are no late fees on online rentals - Ever. With over 75,000 titles in 17 categories you'll never run out of movies to see.

Only BLOCKBUSTER Total Access™ gives the convenience of renting movies online and the choice of how to return them: by mail or bringing them to a participating BLOCKBUSTER store, where they can be exchanged for new movies or discounted game rentals on the spot (up to monthly plan limits on exchanges).*

Finding the Right Movie Is Now Easier Than Ever With BLOCKBUSTER(R) Direct Access

Blockbuster to Mail Out-of-Stock, Hard-to-Find Movies to Store Customers Service Gives BLOCKBUSTER Store Customers Access to More than 95,000 Titles

Can't find the movie you wanted to rent at your local BLOCKBUSTER store because it's already checked out or it's a hard-to-find title? Don't worry, participating BLOCKBUSTER stores can now access Blockbuster's extensive online inventory and have the movie mailed directly to your house.

Blockbuster Inc. launched BLOCKBUSTER Direct Access, a new service that gives store customers access to the more than 95,000 titles carried in Blockbuster's distribution centers.

"The idea is to provide all of our customers easy access to all the movies and television shows they crave," said Keith Morrow, senior vice president and chief information officer at Blockbuster. "With BLOCKBUSTER Direct Access, we're no longer confined to the square footage of our stores, which typically carry between 3,000 to 5,000 titles. Now store customers have access to our entire DVD and Blu-ray library of more than 95,000 titles. So our customers can leave the store satisfied, knowing that if they can't find what they want in store, they can find it in their mailbox."

With BLOCKBUSTER Direct Access, staff at participating BLOCKBUSTER stores can search available inventory at nearby distribution centers and arrange for a title that is out of stock or not carried in the store to be mailed directly to the customer, usually within three postal days. Customers do not have to be a BLOCKBUSTER Online subscriber to use the service. Returning the rental is easy. Customers can either mail it back in the provided postage-paid envelope or return it to a participating store. Customers also have the added benefit of exchanging the movie at their local participating BLOCKBUSTER store for a $1.99 discounted movie rental or $4.99 discounted game rental.

All BLOCKBUSTER Direct Access rentals -- DVD and Blu-ray -- are $3.99 with no extra shipping charges and have a 7-day rental term, which begins on the day following the estimated arrival date printed on the store receipt. Return dates are also noted on customers' store receipts. E-mail order confirmations, shipment notifications and overdue rental reminders are also sent to customers taking advantage of the service.

Another new convenience now available from Blockbuster enables customers to see if the movie they want is in stock in at their local participating BLOCKBUSTER store before they make the trip. To do so, customers simply go to blockbuster.com, look up the title of the movie, and click on the "Check For In-Store Rental" link under the Rent DVD In-Store option to get up-to-the minute availability.

DALLAS, Dec. 16, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

Blockbuster UK

Blockbuster – the UK’s favourite movie rental store – is now online! Blockbuster.co.uk sends out more discs per customer, and has the fastest turnaround times of any online DVD rental service in the UK, based on a mystery shopper survey by Tango Communications Blockbuster.co.uk was awarded the Webuser Gold Award - "An Outstanding Online Service. Reliable, Fast and a Clear Winner!" Blockbuster UK deals.

Blockbuster and Warner Bros. Announce New Agreement

Continued Availability of New Titles on the Day of Release in Stores and By-mail

Blockbuster Inc. announced a new agreement that continues to provide immediate availability of Warner Bros. titles, with Academy Award-winning The Blind Side available on March 23, 2010 in BLOCKBUSTER® stores and by-mail. The digital agreement already in place remains unchanged. On March 30, Blockbuster will have Sherlock Holmes available for immediate release.

"This new agreement reflects our strategy to be the only multi-channel provider for movies. We are excited to offer our customers the best home entertainment from Warner Bros., such as The Blind Side and Sherlock Holmes, with significantly greater availability in BLOCKBUSTER® Stores and through BLOCKBUSTER By Mail, as well as digitally through BLOCKBUSTER On Demand®," said James W. Keyes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Blockbuster Inc.

"This agreement reinforces Blockbuster's position as the most convenient source for new movies, and we are pleased to offer our customers the opportunity to get hot new movies as soon as they are released. This gives Blockbuster a full four week lead before either kiosk or other subscription services can offer any Warner Bros. titles."

"Warner Bros. and Blockbuster have enjoyed a cooperative and successful relationship for more than 25 years," said Ron Sanders, president, Warner Home Video. "The updated agreement will continue to provide Blockbuster customers with access to Warner Bros. titles the same day they are released."

The new agreement, which covers DVD and Blu-ray, means Blockbuster is the only multi-channel provider that has every hot new movie on the day of its release. For example, customers can rent a movie like The Blind Side through its BLOCKBUSTER By Mail service, return it next week to a BLOCKBUSTER® store after watching, and pick up Sherlock Holmes for more family entertainment.

In addition, customers can access these movies through BLOCKBUSTER Direct Access®, a new service that gives store customers access to the more than 95,000 titles carried in Blockbuster's distribution centers. For those customers with BLOCKBUSTER On Demand®-enabled devices such as PCs, over 40 different Samsung products and most TiVos, these new Warner Bros. movies will continue to be available digitally simultaneous with their release on DVD and Blu-ray.

Warner Bros. is currently a leader in many home video categories including total video (DVD and Blu-ray combined), Theatrical Catalog video, TV on DVD, and Blu-ray. (DALLAS, March 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- )

BLOCKBUSTER Rolls Out Retail Games, Hardware and Accessories Nationwide

Stores Also to Carry More Rental Game Platforms, Titles and Copies. Customers can go into any U.S. corporate-owned BLOCKBUSTER store and purchase video game titles, hardware and accessories for the Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS game systems. In addition to expanding its retail games offering, Blockbuster is adding more game titles for rental with more copies than before across all platforms. Continue reading...

Blockbuster In-Store Exchanges

For only $19.99 a month (plus taxes), receive up to 3 DVDs at a time with up to 5 in-store exchanges for free movie rentals or discounted game rentals. When you're finished watching a DVD, just send it back in the provided postage paid envelope or return it to a participating BLOCKBUSTER store. We'll send you another selection from your rental queue. Keep your queue full of movies to keep the movies coming.

Special In-Store Monthly Offers

As a BLOCKBUSTER Online member, you are eligible for exclusive deals and discounts each month at participating BLOCKBUSTER stores.

Delivered Right to Your Mailbox

Renting DVDs is as easy as picking up your mail. Simply visit www.blockbuster.com and add movies to your queue. Blockbuster will ship your selections to you via first class mail. DVDs usually arrive within 1-2 business days**. When you're done, place the DVD in the provided postage paid envelope and send it back through the mail or return to a participating store. Then the next DVD will be on its way.

Free Shipping and Postage

Shipping is always free. Both ways. There are no postage charges

No Return Dates on Online Rentals

BLOCKBUSTER Online rental members can keep online rentals out as long as they want. There are never any due dates*. Watch the DVD when it's convenient for you and send it back only when you are ready for a new selection.
No Extended Viewing Fees or Late Fees on Online Rentals As a BLOCKBUSTER Online rental member, you pay a flat monthly rate. There are no extended viewing fees or late fees on DVDs rented online.

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Blockbuster Gift Cards

Movie theme GiftCards from $5 to $500 can be used for movie, game and merchandise purchases, as well as movie and game rentals, at participating BLOCKBUSTER stores. Choose from cards featuring popular films or select a card with a holiday theme like reindeer, snowmen, gnomes or ornaments. Cards are available in BLOCKBUSTER stores, and select cards can be ordered at blockbuster.com.

GiftCard Gift Tags. Valued at $5 each and packaged in sets of five, GiftCard Gift Tags feature inscribable "to" and "from" areas and a pre-punched hole enabling the giver to attach the card to another gift with ribbon. Seventy percent of BLOCKBUSTER GiftCards are ultimately bundled with something else by the giver.

Online Movie Rental Subscriptions. BLOCKBUSTER Online members can treat their favorite movie lover to great home entertainment for months to come from blockbuster.com. Gift subscriptions are available from one month to one year and provide access to more than 60,000 movies. Available at blockbuster.com starting at $17.99.

About Blockbuster

Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE:BBI) (NYSE:BBI.B) is a leading global provider of in- home movie and game entertainment, with more than 8,500 stores throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.

From Blockbuster.com website
* Separate, complimentary in-store membership required for in-store rentals. In-store movie rentals are subject to store rental terms and conditions, including due dates and charges which may apply to rentals not returned by the due date. See store for complete in-store rental terms and conditions. Free in-store rentals must be returned to the store where they were originally rented. See your receipt for store location and due dates.
** One business day delivery for BLOCKBUSTER based on more than 90% of our subscribers being within one-day postal delivery zone. Certain subscribers may experience longer delivery times.

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