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Archive for March, 2006

Good news for Redbox and all of its DVD renters… Redbox has signed an agreement with Smith’s Food and Drug to get their DVD rentals into 70% of their locations in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque by June of this year.

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As I was approving comments this morning, I read one from fellow Redbox user Heather that I thought would be good for discussion.

Here is her comment:

Hey Everyone,

Would it be too much to ask that you stop letting your children handle the DVDs you rent from redbox? Every single children’s DVD I rent is scratched to bits. I rented one tonight that was completely broken in half. Most of them look like they’ve been cleaned with steel wool. Any adult movie I rent is fine, but I swear parents must toss the kiddy DVDs back in the car seat for the kids to play with, as if it were a toy out of the happy meal.

I think she has a good point, as I have rented a few DVDs that were scratched up, too. I haven’t had one that wouldn’t play after cleaning yet, but I know it happens.

What has been your experiences with the DVDs? Have you received any DVDs that were unwatchable?

Do you try and handle the DVDs you rent with care? Or… Do you give them to your dog to chew on before returning them? :)

Enquiring Redbox’er Heather wants to know… and so do I.

Hey everyone. Sorry you haven’t heard from me in awhile. I have been real busy working on other projects (what? You thought I just spent my entire day at the Redbox? :))…

Anyway, I ran into a real interesting article today that mentions our beloved Redbox dvd rental kiosk, and that talks a bit about other similar technologies.

You can read the article here:
http://www.amonline.com/publication/article.jsp?pubId=1&id=15680

These kiosks are doing a lot of things now – even selling iPods. While that is cool, I don’t know if it is what we will find in kiosks in the future.

What I see coming soon is the ability to have any move we want to watch burned to DVD on the fly, then “self-destructing” after 48 hours or so. That way, we won’t even need to return it.

Wouldn’t it be cool to request your movie online, and then go down to your local Redbox and pick it up within 20 mins or so? Would you pay $2-3 per movie if you could rent whatever you want, when you want it?

Also, what other technologies do you think are on the horizon?

I would love to hear from you all. Let me know what you think.