Who's laughing now, Blockbuster?

Once formidable video-rental king spurned partnership offer from Netflix a decade ago

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Boy, was that a long time ago.

Weird (but somehow fitting) coda:

I bought a Motorola Droid 2 smartphone about three weeks ago (note to self: mail in that rebate!). One odd thing that jumped out at me when the Verizon salesperson was explaining the device was the pre-installed Blockbuster Android App. An app from a seemingly doomed company? Why would I want that? But since I don't travel much and have absolutely no interest in watching a movie on a tiny smartphone screen, I didn't let this minor blemish sway me from the Droid 2. Then I thought, just for laughs, I'll try it out sometime (since laughter is such as big part of Blockbuster's legacy). That is, until I read this review of the app by Sahas Katta on skatter tech:

When I first heard that BlockBuster had an Android app for the Motorola Droid X during the Verizon Wireless press conference, I was excited. Sadly, after taking it for a test run, I found that it is one failure stacked on top of another.

How appropriate.

Chris Nerney writes about the business side of technology market strategies and trends, legal issues, leadership changes, mergers, venture capital, IPOs and technology stocks. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisNerney.

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