Form 8-K



Washington, D.C. 20549




Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) April 4, 2006



(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)


DELAWARE   001-15153   52-1655102
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)


1201 Elm Street

Dallas, Texas

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(214) 854-3000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On April 4, 2006, a lawsuit styled Netflix, Inc. v. Blockbuster, Inc. was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. C-06-2361-BZ). The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Blockbuster has sold and/or offered for sale in the United States a service that infringes two Netflix patents by copying Netflix’s patented business method, including but not limited to copying Netflix’s dynamic queue, copying Netflix’s method of sending DVDs to subscribers based on ranked order of titles in their queue and copying Netflix’s method of allowing subscribers to update and reorder their queue. The lawsuit also alleges that Blockbuster has actively induced and/or contributed to others’ infringement of the two patents. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary and/or permanent injunction enjoining Blockbuster from any further acts of infringement of the two patents, unspecified compensatory damages, reasonable costs and expenses, and such other relief as the court deems proper. Blockbuster believes that the claims are without merit and intends to defend itself vigorously in the lawsuit.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Date: April 6, 2006


/s/ Larry J. Zine


Larry J. Zine

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

and Chief Administrative Officer