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  • Redbox is giving streaming another shot

    Redbox is giving streaming another shot

    After unceremoniously putting the old kibosh on it Instant service back in 2014, your friendly neighborhood DVD dispenser Redbox is ramping up to give streaming another go. The movie distributor, whose vending machines have become a supermarket mainstay across the US, is taking another shot at Netflix with a small beta roll out for “a small subset of [its] customers” From the sound… Read More

  • Redbox To Kill Off Its Streaming Service Next Week

    Redbox To Kill Off Its Streaming Service Next Week

    Well, that didn’t last long. 18 months after opening its doors to the public, Redbox Instant (the online streaming arm of those Redbox kiosks you see in grocery stores around the country) is shutting down. The service will officially hit the lights and kill the servers on October 7th. Read More

  • Redbox Instant, The Netflix Competitor Launched This Week, Won’t Run On Jailbroken iOS Devices

    Redbox Instant, The Netflix Competitor Launched This Week, Won’t Run On Jailbroken iOS Devices

    Redbox Instant, the video-streaming service that arrived to the public this week, won’t work on your jailbroken iOS device. Instead, upon launching the mobile app, users with jailbroken devices are presented with an error message informing them that their “device is compromised.” The app then fails to load. Read More

  • Redbox Instant By Verizon Launches Into Beta As App Goes Live On Android And iOS

    Redbox Instant By Verizon Launches Into Beta As App Goes Live On Android And iOS

    Redbox Instant by Verizon, the up-and-coming joint venture that’s preparing to take on Netflix, is now live in Google Play. The service won’t be publicly launching until early 2013, according to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, however. But Redbox recently told GigaOm that a beta test would begin in December – and, apparently, it’s beginning today. Read More

  • Warner Bros. Signs Up As First Studio Partner For Redbox Instant By Verizon, Gets 28-Day Delay For DVD Rentals

    Warner Bros. Signs Up As First Studio Partner For Redbox Instant By Verizon, Gets 28-Day Delay For DVD Rentals

    Redbox and Verizon are moving closer to the launch of a new streaming service to compete with Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and other online video companies. Today, they announced that they signed up their first studio partner: Warner Bros., which as part of the deal also worked out a 28-day delay for availability of its DVD titles. Read More

  • Sparkart: How A Digital Agency Helped Redbox Get Into The Ticketing Business

    Sparkart: How A Digital Agency Helped Redbox Get Into The Ticketing Business

    Earlier this month, Redbox announced that it’s going to start selling live event tickets from its ubiquitous red kiosks. That seemed like a smart move for Redbox, which is best-known as a DVD rental service, but it turns out the idea actually came from outside — specifically from Naveen Jain, CEO of digital agency Sparkart. Jain says the idea came to him when he was on a plane… Read More

  • Verizon And Redbox Taking On Netflix With New Joint Venture

    Verizon And Redbox Taking On Netflix With New Joint Venture

    Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like the mysterious Project Zoetrope will soon be seeing the light of day. Verizon and Redbox owner Coinstar have just taken to the wires today to announce their new joint venture in video entertainment, with their subscription services poised to launch in the second half of this year. Details are still light at the moment (though a 9:30 AM conference call… Read More

  • Verizon And RedBox Planning Major Partnership For Early 2012 Launch

    Verizon And RedBox Planning Major Partnership For Early 2012 Launch

    Yesterday, it was reported that Verizon was planning a Netflix competitor and in talks with various content producers to provide the streams and downloads. TechCrunch has obtained additional information on this story that makes the concept a bit more realistic and should alleviate some of the concerns noted by critics and consumers yesterday. Our source says that Verizon is in fact planning… Read More

  • Redbox Raises Price On Rentals To $1.20

    Redbox Raises Price On Rentals To $1.20

    This will not end well. Redbox, in position to be the cheap, local, easy alternative to the confusing, troublesome Netflix, has decided to raise its rates to $1.20 per day. I guess they wanted a piece of Netflix’s humble pie. Coinstar, the company that owns the Redbox brand and boxes, explained it this way: “The change is primarily due to the increase in operating expenses… Read More

  • Redbox Expanding Game Rentals To 21,000 Locations In June

    We’ve seen games at some Redbox locations for a good while now, but it looks like the kiosk rental service is finally ready to throw down for realsies. Games will be coming to 21,000 locations starting on June 17, and they’ll be rentable for $2 per day. Woo! Read More

  • Redbox Prepping Movie Streaming Service, Could Partner With Amazon

    Redbox already took down chain DVD rental outlets, and now Coinstar is expanding the popular DVD rental brand to the web with a movie streaming service. Netflix killer? Not likely, but the upcoming Redbox media service is reportedly with another company. Amazon is the popular choice, which will no doubt help boaster both content and credibility rather than going at it alone. That’s… Read More

  • Once Upon A Time In America … Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy

    Once Upon A Time In America … Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy

    It’s come to this: the success of Netflix and Redbox in the United States have driven Blockbuster, as expected, to file for bankruptcy protection after failing to adequately and swiftly adapt its movie-rental model from physical storefronts to mail-order and online technology pioneered by its aforementioned competitors. The company filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition today in U.S. Read More

  • Coinstar Not Necessarily Not Partnering With Apple On Something Or Nothing

    Coinstar Not Necessarily Not Partnering With Apple On Something Or Nothing

    Can someone please explain this Bloomberg Businessweek story to me? I’ve read it a few times and am still having a hard time understanding what is or what isn’t being implied, or not implied, about a partnership between Coinstar and Apple. First of all, the title is awful because most people likely don’t know that Coinstar owns Redbox (they acquired them last year), the… Read More

  • Wait, A Hollywood Exec Actually Making Sense With Regard To Movie Rentals And The Web?

    Wait, A Hollywood Exec Actually Making Sense With Regard To Movie Rentals And The Web?

    Wait a second, what’s this? I must not be reading this correctly. An executive for a major Hollywood studio is actually making sense and speaking logically when talking about DVD rental windows and the web? This is a joke, right? A bargaining tactic? If I’m correctly reading what Paramount Home Entertainment President Dennis Maguire told the LA Times, I don’t think… Read More

  • Warner's Strategy Revealed: Close Eyes, Pretend It's 2002

    Warner's Strategy Revealed: Close Eyes, Pretend It's 2002

    When’s the last time you were at a Blockbuster? For me, it’s been a few years. And it’s been several years since I was going regularly. And I was only doing that because the then-Viacom-backed-giant drove the mom and pop video stores out of business in my community. I have no desire to ever step into a Blockbuster store ever again. But Warner Bros. sure wants me to. Today… Read More

  • And now Redbox will have to wait 28 days for new Warner Bros. DVDs

    Warner Bros. has agreed a new deal with Redbox that will give Redbox access to its DVDs, but only 28 days after the retail release. The move is designed to encourage people to actually buy the shiny, new DVDs when they come out. Why is that a problem? Read More

  • Bloodied By Warner, Redbox Also Damns New Releases To Piracy

    Bloodied By Warner, Redbox Also Damns New Releases To Piracy

    As some of you know, I’ve been bitching up a storm about Netflix’s decision to give in to Warner Bros. demand that they not rent new release DVDs until after a 28-day window has expired. Today, Redbox, has announced they’ll do the exact same thing. Simply put, this is another blow to consumers and a big potential win for piracy. Naturally, Warner is playing this up as a win… Read More

  • Redbox is making life very difficult for the movie industry

    Proving once again you can find a study to prove almost anything, a report came out today showing that Redbox will bring down the movie industry by continuing with their $1 a night business model. Sounds like some sour grapes to me. Read More

  • Redbox still working on getting games to its rental kiosks

    Do you have any idea how effen cool it will be if Redbox kiosks start spitting out video games? Think about this: you would be able to get your beer, Funyuns, and rent the latest gaming titles at one location. The future is near, friends and Redbox is still pursuing the game rental market. Actually, Redbox is experiencing some technical difficulties. You see, Warner Bros, Twentieth Century… Read More

  • Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks to invade NYC

    Look out, NYC. Blockbuster is getting ready to roll out 200 Blockbuster Express DVD rental kiosks in New York City. Why you ask? Well, according to the WSJ report, NYC is a Redbox weak spot with only three kiosks in the entire city while there are more than 20,000 nationwide. But just like the original DVD rental kiosk, Redbox, Blockbuster Express offers first run movies (which the movie… Read More