Dish Gets Antitrust Approval for Blockbuster Acquisition

The satellite TV provider expects to close the deal on April 21.

NEW YORK - Satellite TV company Dish Network said Friday that it has received antitrust approval for its planned acquisition of video rental firm Blockbuster.

It said it expects to complete the transaction on April 21.
"We are pleased to report that earlier today U.S. antitrust authorities granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in connection with our pending purchase of substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster," the company said. "We commend the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission for their expeditious completion of the review process."