Delivers a "Fan"-tasy League Experience for the 2013 Academy Awards

Thu Feb 7, 2013 4:56pm EST

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  ENGLEWOOD, CO, Feb 07 (Marketwire) -- 
Film buffs and Hollywood fans alike can look to one of the biggest names
in entertainment,, for the best online experience
during the 2013 Academy Awards(R). Today, BLOCKBUSTER(R) announced the
launch of, an interactive website designed to
host, manage and facilitate participation in a fantasy awards league.

    "With viewing parties all over the country, we know how social an event
like the Academy Awards has become," said Mitch Weinraub, Blockbuster
vice president of product marketing. " is like a
fantasy league for movie fans. It provides a service to people hosting
and attending parties, as well as to those who just want to see how their
projections stack up against their friends' picks." offers a Blockbuster Awards Night Ballot that
allows users to: 

--  Set up leagues to predict Academy Award winners and invite guests to
--  Join leagues hosted by others to see how they stack up against their
--  Watch a robust collection of trailers and bios on all nominees.


During the live broadcast of the event, will
update with real-time stats based on individual picks and pools.
Participants can track their results from their home computer, iPhone,
iPad or Android device. 

    "The Academy Awards is the biggest event in Hollywood. It is the capstone
of the awards season and is now more accessible than ever before,"
Weinraub said. 

    Visit to sign up and join or host a league. The
Blockbuster Awards Night Ballot is free to anyone who wishes to
participate; a pre-existing Blockbuster account is not required.

    About Blockbuster
 Blockbuster L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network
Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), is a leader in the movie and game industry in
digital and disc rentals and sales. Blockbuster provides convenient
access to family entertainment through a variety of channels -- by mail
via, in nearly 800 stores across the U.S., via
digital movie downloads using a PC, Blu-ray player, connected TV or
portable device and via Blockbuster@Home through DISH -- making it easy
and convenient to access family entertainment. Stores offer a variety of
memberships for every type of movie lover, as well as games for all major
gaming devices, including Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii,
Xbox and Xbox 360. Focused on ease and convenience, it is no wonder that
Blockbuster serves millions of customers nationally and internationally.

    About DISH 
 DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its
subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.042 million
satellite TV customers, as of Sept. 30, 2012, with the highest quality
programming and technology with the most choices at the best value,
including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition
line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international
channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network
Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family
entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network
Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit

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