• RentSocial Marketing Plaform Launches

    RentSocial, Launching Today, Adds A Social Layer To The Rental Process [TCTV]

    Looking for an apartment is usually pretty simple: you go on Craigslist, find three apartments that look like they’ve been used to chop up beeves, and then move in with your buddy whose roommate made meth in the basement. At least that’s how it worked for me a few years ago. Now, however, you have stuff like RentSocial. RentSocial is the front end for Yield Technologies… Read More

  • Rentcycle Becomes Getable; Launches In-Store Management Platform For Rental Shops

    Rentcycle Becomes Getable; Launches In-Store Management Platform For Rental Shops

    Attempting to bring a brick-and-mortar industry online is no easy feat. It takes time, investment, and a willingness to roll with the punches. San Francisco-based startup Rentcycle graduated from Founder Institute in 2009 with a mission to bring the “rentals industry” online, offering free, realtime reservations for consumers and cloud-based business management and product… Read More

  • Qraft: The Airbnb For Planes, Trains, And Automobiles (And By Trains, I Mean Boats.)

    Qraft: The Airbnb For Planes, Trains, And Automobiles (And By Trains, I Mean Boats.)

    When you’re just a wee babe, the idea of a new toy is the most exciting thing ever. Then you grow up, and “toys” become ridiculously expensive. You want a Chevy Corvette C6 Z06? That’ll be $70,000, please. You’re interested in picking up a 2011 Roehr 1250sc motorcycle? $40,000. Though I’m sure plenty of our utterly successful readers have no problem… Read More

  • Direct2Drive Now Has A PC Game Rental Service: $5 For 5 Hours Of Gameplay

    Direct2Drive, the digital download service for PC games, has started a rental service. It’s $5 for five hours of gameplay, which, doing some maths, works out to $1 per hour. There’s a small catch: only three games are available to rent right now: Grid, Divinity 2, and Silent Hill: Homecoming. The future, Conan? Read More

  • Chegg Hires Former Netflix COO To Manage Massive Textbook Warehouse

    Chegg Hires Former Netflix COO To Manage Massive Textbook Warehouse

    Right about now, as college students across the country start to go back to school for the Spring semester, things are starting to pick up at Chegg’s 600,000 square foot warehouse in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The warehouse sits right next to the main UPS shipping hub and across from a Zappos warehouse. The textbook rental company sees its busiest times peak twice a year at the beginning… Read More

  • We demand Steam rentals, now!

    We were discussing in the chat room a little while ago how fantastically awesome it would be to be able to rent games from Steam. Allow me to explain. Read More

  • Netflix has 500,000 Blu-ray subscribers (out of 8.7 million)

    Netflix has convinced some 500,000 people to subscribe to its Blu-ray rental service. Netflix is all “Look how well we did!” because it charges a $1 premium to be able to rent Blu-ray discs. The question was, would it be able to convince people to pay a premium (even though $1 is hardly a premium, I think) in order to rent the high-def discs? Well… Keep in mind that Netflix… Read More

  • TiVo to get Disney movie rentals later this year

    TiVo and Disney-ABC have forged an agreement to allow users to rent movies from the Walt Disney Studios catalogue later this year. Some of the movies will be available in high definition, although it’s unclear just how much of the catalog will be hi-def versus standard definition. Rentals will be facilitated through CinemaNow and will work on all Series 2 and Series 3 TiVo boxes. Read More

  • Disposable DVDs: Like DIVX but hopefully not sucky

    Remember DIVX? Not DivX the codec, but DIVX as in Digital Video Express — from Circuit City — the ill-fated self-destructing DVD system from lo those many years ago. A similar idea just might be able to succeed where DIVX failed. Or not, who knows? Anyway, whereas DIVX relied on special DVD players that could play DIVX discs (and also regular DVDs), a new disposable DVD coming from… Read More

  • What's in the 99 cent iTunes rental store this week?

    [photopress:Picture_6.png,full,pp_image] I may pipe in once in a while about physical media coming to end very soon, but I still like it and use it. I haven’t purchased or rented any movies on iTunes yet, but 99 cents is a drop in the bucket for some entertainment during dead times. But who has the patience, time or the brain of an elephant to remember to check what’s in the 99… Read More

  • Apple updates iTunes to 7.6.1; Apple TV fixes, ninety-nine-cent rental specials included

    [photopress:itunes_1.jpg,full,center] Today marks the first update to iTunes 7.6, which brings it up to 7.6.1, promising better compatibility with Apple TV’s “Take Two” software and bringing special 99-cent Move Thursdays, where a movie may be rented for less than a buck Thursdays through Mondays, with a new featured movie each Thursday. Cool! Regular readers will recall… Read More

  • Attention, other Apple TV owners: Is your update working?

    [photopress:noupdate.jpg,full,center] I’ve got my Apple TV all ready to go. I want to update for the “Take Two” upgrade that will grant me HD movie rental, fulfilling the promise of the Apple TV/iTunes duo. But no. I go to update and it’s telling me I’m up to date. Which, of course, I’m not. Other owners: Success? Failure? Movie rentals? Beers? Read More

  • GameFly adds new shipping center in Tampa, Florida

    I’ve been using GameFly for the past few months and I can characterize it as, and I quote, “nice.” The company’s just announced that it’s added a third distribution center in Tampa to complement the ones in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. I live in Boston and haven’t had much trouble getting games relatively quickly (generally takes two days from when… Read More

  • Fifth-gen iPods no workie with iTunes movie rentals?

    I’ll be honest, Apple is starting to weird me out a little bit. I picture Steve Jobs like the paranoid Mr. Burns in that Simpsons episode where he owns the casino and he stops shaving and starts wearing Kleenex boxes on his feet because he hates germs. It’s just that some of the recent decisions behind certain products and services don’t make much sense, like charging iPod… Read More

  • Denver Airport wireless adds local movie downloads

    Already pretty high up on a short list of airports offering free wireless internet access, Denver International has just upped the ante a bit. The same network provider, FreeFi, is now offering movie rentals over the local network. So simple, yet so brilliant. Read More

  • Penny-Arcade's Div reminds us that iTunes movie rentals is a lot like DIVX

    [photopress:padivx.jpg,full,center] As always, Penny-Arcade flies above all of our stupidity to make a point: what makes the iTunes Rental service so different from DIVX, the failed disc format? That all-mighty, all-knowing Apple is behind it? That it has the support of all the studios? Are you really going to stop downloading movies from the usual places? ::Taps nose:: What Goes Around… Read More

  • iTunes movie rentals and Netflix Online can live together in harmony

    I’m sure that when Apple announced their long-rumored movie rental service, the collars in the Netflix boardroom got a little wet and salty. After all, Apple and iTunes are a force to be reckoned with in the on-demand media world. But the NY Times makes a good point when it suggests that the two services can coexist due to their different aims. Netflix offers low-cost access to a… Read More

  • Great moments in movie stealing: Netflix and Apple Rentals hacks

    Two hacks came to light last night that enable the overly excitable to grab streaming and rented movies for longer than the alloted time period. First, you can add a bit of Greasemonkey code to Mozilla to download streaming video from Netflix. 1. install the Greasemonkey add-on for firefox. restart firefox after installing. 2. unzip the… Read More

  • iTunes Movie Rentals almost made me stop pirating. Almost.

    [photopress:movierentalsalmost_1.jpg,full,center] They were this close from getting me to stop pirating movies. Next year, maybe. The just announced iTunes Movie Rentals isn’t a bad deal at all. For $3.99, you can download standard-def “new releases” (more on that in a moment) and watch them on your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod, and whatever else in the iTunes family. Older releases… Read More

  • iTunes Movie Rentals: $3.99 new releases, 24 hour rental period

    The iTunes Movie Rental Store, rumored for so many weeks, is real, as Mr. Jobs just announced. Here’s what’s up. • Every major studio, including Sony, Warner, Paramount and Universal, has signed up. So much for them hating Apple. • New releases hit the Rental Store 30 days after their DVD release. • Rentals last 24 hours, You have 30 days from the time of purchase… Read More