Blockbuster to close remaining 300 stores by January 2014, includes Tulsa's two locations

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The final curtain is falling on the Blockbuster video-rental stores that Dish Network Corp. owns in the U.S.

Not too long ago, heading out and renting a movie at Blockbuster was a normal part of many weekend nights. But now that is now a thing of the past.

The once-popular movie rental chain will close its remaining stores by January 2014, including the Tulsa locations at 81st and Sheridan and 31st and Harvard.

The closures announced Wednesday will affect about 300 Blockbuster locations scattered across the country. Dish Network expects the stores to be closed by early January. Dish Network says about 2,800 people will lose their jobs.

The Englewood, Colo. satellite-TV provider also is shutting down Blockbuster's DVD-by-mail service next month.

Redbox machines have taken over the movie rental industry, along with live-streaming services like Netflix.

Dish Network's retreat will render Blockbuster's once-ubiquitous brand nearly extinct. While all company-owned Blockbusters are shutting down, a handful of privately-owned franchise locations that will stay open.

Blockbuster's downfall began more than a decade ago with the rise of Netflix Inc.'s DVD-by-mail service, followed by the introduction of a subscription service that streams video over high-speed Internet connections.

Dish Network bought Blockbuster out of bankruptcy court in 2011.

Saturday Blockbuster put out a call for "Blockbuster Memories" on Twitter.

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