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Archive for January, 2006

The Baltimore Sun and VideoBusiness.com are reporting on the upcoming addition of 400 Redbox kiosks into Stop & Shop and Giant Food stores by March. According to the articles, that is about 80% of all locations of the two supermarket chains…

Also, the Videobusiness.com article gives the December numbers for Redbox: 1.1 million dvd rentals in 800 locations. This is the largest number yet, as Redbox continues to grow.

So, get a pen (or your printer) handy and visit our Redbox codes page to get your free night’s dvd rental.

Keep it up Redbox – we are glad you are here.

I was just over visiting the Hacking Netflix site and saw that Mike, the owner of the site, has posted a entry in his blog about us over here…

Anyway, it got me thinking about Netflix again (I used to use the service). It seems that Redbox (for those of us fortunate to have it) and Netflix might be the perfect combination of services. Use the Redbox for all of your new releases, and Netflix for everything else.

So, what are your thoughts? Any of you using Netflix?

Maybe the regular “video store” is on it’s way out.

Over the last few days I have heard about some upcoming conferences that will be showcasing the Redbox as well as other automated kiosk systems.

First, is the Self-Service & Kiosk Show in Orlando, FL on Feb. 13 and 14. You can read more about this show by going here.

Next up is the grand-daddy show in Las Vegas from April 10-12. This show, the 10th Annual KioskCom Conference & Tradeshow, will be held at the Mandalay Bay and is the largest of its kind.

So, if you are interested in the technology behind Redbox, one of these shows may be worth a look.

I just ran across a news alert about a new concept McDonald’s and Redbox are testing in Colorado. If any of you are in the Longmont area, tell us about these new boxes… If you can, take a photo and I will post it here.

Full story is from the Associated Press…

(AP) LONGMONT, Colo. The city has become the national testing ground for something that, if successful, will be adopted elsewhere by the world’s largest fast-food chain.

A company called Redbox is using two of the four McDonald’s owned in Longmont by Bob Charles to test drive-through DVD rental boxes — the first such boxes in the country.

McDonald’s started placing Redbox DVD rental kiosks at its restaurants in 2004, and the program has been extremely successful, according to Matt Sheehan, director of business development for Redbox. He projects the DVD market for self-service kiosk rentals will reach $3 billion a year by 2009, and said that well more than 1 million DVDs are rented each month through Redboxes at McDonald’s in the United States.

“We have about 700-plus McDonald’s locations,” Sheehan said, adding that one of the reasons Longmont was chosen as a test site was because of the relationship Redbox has with Charles.

“I enjoy trying things,” Charles said, noting the addition of side-by-side drive-through lanes on his South Main Street stores. “Side-by-side drive-through — that’s something that’s national throughout the system now.

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New Redbox DVD codes page up

Hello, everyone…

I have just finished updating the Redbox codes page with some of the requested changes. I would love to hear your comments on the it.

So, if you use the codes page, please leave a comment on this post and let me know how you like it.

Happy renting!

Michael

PS: More changes will be coming soon to improve the reliability. Someone who has a competing site tried to sabotage my site today. Some of you may have noticed the codes were missing and some weird ads were in place of it for a few hours today. The problem has been fixed now, and I will do my best to keep it that way.

I just saw this news today – and what great news it is – for the Denver Redbox market…

From Redbox.com:

BIG NEWS. CAPACIOUS NEWS. VOLUMINOUS,
COMMODIOUS AND SUBSTANTIAL NEWS.

DENVER AREA REDBOX
NOW TO HOLD 500% MORE DVDs.

To see the rest of the news and the rollout map, visit the Redbox site at: http://www.redbox.com/denver/

Also, we are getting quite a base of users here, with about 500 visitors per day coming to get their free dvd rental codes. Keep up the good work.

Coming soon you will see a better format for displaying the codes (BTW, keep sending your comments about the beta codes page), as well as the ability to be notified as new codes come available… So, keep posting those codes and coming back to get all the free dvd rentals you want!

Michael