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

Visit to Sign Up, Predict Winners, Invite Guests and Participate in Local or Worldwide Leagues

ENGLEWOOD, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- 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®. Today, BLOCKBUSTER® 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 participate.
  • Join leagues hosted by others to see how they stack up against their neighbors.
  • 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. Visit

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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