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Icahn increases ownership of Blockbuster

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 19 Nov 2007 15:18 User comments (3)

Icahn increases ownership of Blockbuster Carl Icahn, the major Blockbuster Video investor who led the charge to get rid of former CEO John Antioco and replace him with current head James Keyes, increased his ownership in the top U.S. brick and mortar video rental chain by 1.7 million shares. He paid $6.2 million for the shares. Even before the purchase Icahn was Blockbuster's largest single shareholder.
Over the last several years Blockbuster has struggled to establish a new identity to allow them to compete with online rental service Netflix. Antioco was responsible for returning Blockbuster to profitibility while apparently competing with Netflix for their customer base for the first time ever. However Netflix has made repeated moves to stay competitive, and Keyes was brought in to refocus Blockbuster on its core business of brick and mortar stores. Despite being number 2 in online rentals, they're dominance in traditional rentals is as strong as ever.

Perhaps Icahn's increased interest in the company is related to Keyes' recent statements regarding future plans. According to Keyes there will be kiosks of some kind in the near future, which could eventually include capabilities for downloading content to mobile devices. Blockbuster also purchased failing online movie service Movielink this year, which they're expected to retool to work with their services at some point in the not to distant future.

Source: Video Business

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3 user comments

123.11.2007 21:00

heh, uhhh, please, there are so many wireless networks already... what are they really gonna offer me that I need to go to the blockbuster ATM to download. Prolly some DRM invested garbage along with a few commercials for good measure. spare me.

21.12.2007 8:53

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Carl Icahn, the major Blockbuster Video investor who led the charge to get rid of former CEO John Antioco and replace him with current head James Keyes, increased his ownership in the top U.S. brick and mortar video rental chain by 1.7 million shares. He paid $6.2 million for the shares. Even before the purchase Icahn was Blockbuster's largest single shareholder.


This is a very bold move considering the apparent decline in their business.

319.12.2007 18:06

Maybe this is what blockbuster needs to fight against NetFlix and all.

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