6 UK online companies whose dotcom bubbles burst These companies are proof that digital might not be the future for everyone Anh Nguyen March 20, 2015 Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Many of these online companies are not strictly from the 'dotcom' era of 1998 to 2002...but setting up after the bubble burst didn't guarantee their success either. 1. Blinkbox Movies Image credit: Blinkbox In January 2015, TalkTalk bought Tesco's loss-making film and TV streaming service Blinkbox. TalkTalk's chief executive Baroness Harding said that BlinkBox Movies would be closed as a standalone streaming service as soon as possible. Tesco bought an 80 percent stake in BlinkBox Movies in 2011. 2. Blinkbox Books Image credit: Blinkbox Another Blinkbox/Tesco failure. Tesco closed its e-books service Blinkbox Books at the end of February 2015 after talks with Waterstones to acquire the platform broke down. Tesco bought Blinkbox Books in September 2012 for £4.5 million, when the platform was called Mobcast. The supermarket rebranded it under the Blinkbox brand to mark its - eventually doomed - foray into digital entertainment services. 3. My-Wardrobe.com Going to My-Wardrobe.com now takes you to Net-a-Porter Group's The Outnet website Luxury fashion online retailer My-Wardrobe.com stopped trading in December 2014, selling its domain name to the Net-a-Porter Group (a dotcom success story). It had been struggling for over a year, having gone into administration in November 2013. The company was founded in 2006 by Sarah Curran. 4. Tesco Cars/Carsite Yet another unfortunate Tesco investment. Tesco bought a stake in online second-hand car dealership Carsite four years ago, launching the website Tescocars.com in April 2011. The venture did not last more than a year, as Carsite and Auto Online, trading as Tesco Cars, went into administration in April 2012. This was after the supermarket giant decided to pull out, citing a lack of a “satisfactory range of vehicles”. 5. Bloom.fm Image credit: Twitter/@bloomfm London-based Bloom.fm was a music app that allowed users to stream music and to ‘borrow’ songs that could be played offline. Launched in January 2013, the subscription-based service was available in the UK on Apple iOS and Android. However, a lack of funding resulted in the closure of the service on 30 April 2014. 6. Lastminute.com Martha Lane-Fox was the co-founder of Lastminute.com Baroness Martha Lane-Fox founded lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman in 1998 to offer late holiday deals online. While it is still trading, unlike the others in this list, the business's dotcom star is no longer shining. Sabre Corporation recently sold the flagging travel business to Bravofly Rumbo Group in a largely non-cash deal. It bought lastminute.com for nearly £600 million in 2005.