Blockbuster, a relic of America's once vibrant VHS culture, is nearly extinct. Two of the last three remaining outposts of the once ubiquitous video store are closing down in Alaska, where they've been hanging by a thread for years, despite efforts from John Oliver to keep one of them afloat with steady donations of Russell Crowe memorabilia.
The inevitable shutterings are set for Monday, although both stores -- located in Fairbanks and Anchorage -- will sell off their remaining inventories from Tuesday through the end of August, reports Deadline. After that, Blockbuster's last vestige will be a humble storefront in Bend, Oregon.
The retailer had remained more essential in Alaska than it had in other states, owing to the limited accessibility of high speed internet in the state. It's a problem that's seen connectivity in rural areas lag in comparison to more populous regions in the country, rendering Netflix a kind of luxury, rather than a standard form of entertainment.