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Goodbye Rdio.

Rdio will be discontinuing their services on December 22nd, 2015 in order to merge with Pandora. But unfortunately Canadians will not be able to use Pandora “due to licensing constraints”.

A listing of other music services can be found by clicking here.

Redbox Canada Closing

Redbox Canada has decided to stop renting movies on February 13th, 2015 and will be turning their boxes off on March 5th, 2015.

“We were excited to bring our service here, but unfortunately, demand just didn’t meet our expectations. We will be focusing our attention on our U.S. business, where demand for physical media remains strong.”

Apparently most Canadian consumers have moved on to online movie renting from companies like iTunes, Cineplex or Cinemanow and I suspect more services like Amazon Instant Video will make their way into Canada shortly as streaming devices get cheaper.

Google’s Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player was recently promoted with $20 gift cards for Google Play and both Rogers/Shaw and Bell are now offering alternatives to Netflix to their subscribers with Showmi and CraveTV so the online movie rental market is heating up.

Unfortunately I liked picking up Blu-Rays at my local store at $2 a pop. And although discounts can be had on Tuesdays on Cineplex, I suspect I will be paying more for rentals again.

$4.99 appears to be the average price for standard definition rentals but i’m hoping more discounts will come our way, especially on the high definition rentals ; Those can be as expensive as $7.99 on some services.

I seriously doubt I will be renting high definition films at $7.99, especially older releases that I can view on my Hollywood Suite package on cable. And chances are I will simply wait to purchase individual blu-rays when they are discounted at Amazon.

Zip.ca Closes

Video rental service Zip.ca has closed after ten years of operation.

Members have until August 31st to return their discs to avoid a $25 fee per disc.

Click here for additional information.

Blockbuster Closing Sale

Blockbuster Canada stores have begun offloading their merchandise at 25% off today. This was advertised in emails to members and I only got notice of it this evening.

There were plenty of new and used DVDs and blu-rays at my local store to make it worth the trip though. You should probably consider popping in and seeing if there are any deals left at your local store.

Blockbuster Canada To Close All Stores

Grant Thornton LLP is seeking to close the remaining 253 Blockbuster stores in Canada according to a press release issued today.

Approximately 150 of the chain’s underperforming locations had been closed last June and the remaining locations were put up for sale. But no buyer stepped forward so the remaining stores will be closed.

There appeared to be several buyers in May according to a previous press release. But the New York court hearing in regards to the use of the Blockbuster trademark in Canada had been delayed earlier this month.

If the closure of the chain is approved, gift cards will not be honored.

Blockbuster Canada Closing 140 Stores

Blockbuster Canada will be closing 140 stores this month.

Liquidation sales will begin at the target locations on May 27th and the new owner of the chain is attempting to retain the Blockbuster trademark and software for the remaining 260 locations.