DAO to Buy Blockbuster Video and Offer Decentralised Film Streaming

December 29, 2021, 11:00 AM AEST - 2 weeks ago

Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) and attempting to buy historical artifacts are catching on in late 2021. Last month, ConstitutionDAO attempted to purchase a rare first-edition copy of the US Constitution, and now a new DAO, BlockbusterDAO, is trying to buy one of the best-known pre-digital brands of the 1990s and early 2000s.

Big Plans for Blockbuster LLC

After ConstitutionDAO was outbid by former Citadel founder Kenneth Griffin, a new DAO – BlockbusterDAO – announced its intention to purchase the iconic video brand. According to its Twitter feed, the DAO wants to ultimately create a decentralised film streaming service, with additional plans for movie financing and production down the line.

The thread also explained why BlockbusterDAO intends to go through with the purchase:

The Blockbuster brand is not only nostalgic, it’s a historic landmark in the history of film. Despite its 1/1 brand recognition, the company was destroyed by terrible leadership with an inability to pivot and make dynamic business decisions.

BlockbusterDAO, Twitter

To achieve its goals, BlockbusterDAO wants to raise US$5 million to purchase the brand from Dish Network, a US television provider which acquired Blockbuster in 2011. The DAO aims to raise the finance by selling BlockbusterDAO non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for 0.13 ETH each (US$494 at the time of writing).

Although ConstitutionDAO was unsuccessful in its efforts to purchase a copy of the US Constitution, the group is now giving donors a choice – to either accept refunds, or remain in the DAO and receive a “We The People” (WTP) governance token.

DAOs: the New-Age Crowdfunding Solution

As DAOs continue to gain popularity for various reasons, capital raising seems to be the most prominent. For those wishing to buy a National Basketball Association (NBA) team, or an island in the Caribbean, for instance, but don’t necessarily have US$50 million lying around, DAOs are the perfect way for individuals to realise such dreams.

DAOs – the new-age crowdfunding solution – show what a community of people can do when they band together to achieve a collective goal.

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