A few years back, Dish Network picked up bankrupt Blockbuster Video, the once-mighty titan of the movie rental business. According to company chairman Charlie Ergen, the move was made in anticipation of creating a large retail footprint for wireless device and network sales.
“The [Blockbuster store] real estate was really good for us to get into the wireless business . . . Half the store would be wireless and half the store would be TV and whatever else we were going to put in. Because we got delayed, it hasn’t exactly worked out the way we planned.”
The delays that Ergen refers to include wireless spectrum regulatory delays and other issues that prevented Dish from launching a subscription VOD service to rival Netflix.
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[via Home Media Magazine]