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Archive for July, 2008

Redbox Top 10 DVD Rentals – July 21-27, 2008

Here is the latest rental numbers for Redbox. These are the top 10 rentals between July 21 and July 28, 2008.

1. 21 (Sony)
2. The Bank Job (Lions Gate)
3. College Road Trip (Disney)
4. Step Up 2: The Streets (Disney)
5. Drillbit Taylor (Paramount)
6. Vantage Point (Sony)
7. 10,000 B.C.(Warner)
8. Definitely, Maybe ( Universal)
9. Fool’s Gold (Warner)
10. The Bucket List (Warner)

Redbox has announced that they have promoted Mary Leonard – formerly with RR Donnelley and FedEx – to Senior Vice President of Operations.

Leonard joined Redbox in 2006 and has been in charge of DVD distribution and management of regional employees. She will now be in charge of overseeing deployment of Redbox kiosks.

COO Mitch Lowe had this to say about Mary:

Mary’s expertise has helped Redbox meet or exceed installation timelines for our retail partners and optimize operations to ensure a seamless Redbox experience for our clients and customers. Her leadership skills have helped engage and unify Redbox’s extensive network of regional employees, enhancing their ability to provide the highest level of service.

Congratulations to Mary.

Regarding kiosk deployment, what I hope to see in the future is Redbox being a bit more responsive to faulty touchscreens and otherwise broken kiosks. There is a touchscreen at a nearby Walmart that has been broken for months (1/3 of the screen does not respond to touch). Recently, they installed a second kiosk at that location, but still did not fix the touchscreen on the first kiosk.

I have called and reported the touchscreen problems, and obviously someone is out each week to load new discs, so why should this problem not have been fixed long ago?

So, Mary, if you are reading this, is there something that can be done about this problem?

Has anyone else experienced any problems with their Redbox kiosks not functioning properly?

Monday Promo Code – July 28, 2008

Here we are at yet another beginning to a new week… and, as always, that means a free movie rental from Redbox.

This week’s code is:

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As always, it expires tonight (Mon, July 28) at midnight.

Redbox New Releases for July 29, 2008

Just a couple of new releases this week. Here they are:

Here is the latest top 10 rentals list for you. These were the most rented movies between July 14 and July 20, 2008…

1. The Bank Job (Lions Gate)
2. College Road Trip (Disney)
3. Step Up 2: The Streets (Disney)
4. Vantage Point (Sony)
5. Drillbit Taylor (Paramount)
6. 10,000 B.C. (Warner)
7. Fool’s Gold (Warner)
8. Definitely, Maybe (Universal)
9. Shutter (Fox)
10. The Bucket List (Warner)

Monday Promo Code – July 21, 2008

Yet another Monday is upon us, and the Monday-only promo code is here!

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Use it now – it expires tonight (Mon, July 21) at midnight.

Here is your list of new releases in the Redbox this week. I am definitely going to check out ’21’. What about you?

New Redbox \"Find A Movie\" screen adds more optionsFirst we saw the new interface updates on the Redbox kiosks, and now Redbox.com is getting in on the action as well…

This update is right in line with some of the recent changes to the kiosks, and incorporates most of the changes that many Inside Redbox community members have called for in recent days.

Some of the notable changes:

  • List of genres so you can quickly jump to the type of movie you want to see
  • More intuitive navigation with the buttons along the top and the bottom
  • And my favorite: The “See All” link which lets you see all of the movies on one screen!

So far the movie details screens are looking the same, so who knows if their are changes in the works there. One thing I would like to see on the detail screen is a field for “Release Date”.

Great work, Redbox. Thanks for listening!

What do you all think? Do you like the changes? What else would you like to see changed/added?

note: Right now Redbox.com is experiencing some difficulties with the movie detail screens. Hopefully they will get that worked out soon.

Yea, its true! A new automated kiosk will help keep your DVDs (and drinks) cold for the long drive home. Well, at least if you happen to live in the Southeast…

The Augusta Chronicle is reporting on the new “Twice the Ice” machine, which produces and dispenses ice in 16lb bags or 20lbs loose right into your cooler.

The icehouse portion of the machine produces 35 pounds of ice every eight minutes, Mr. Nance said. When stored ice inside a 6,500-pound bin dips below a particular level, a trigger starts the ice maker, Mr. Boyett said.

They also mention that no human hands ever touch the ice, thus making it more sanitary and replacing even more American jobs with cheap “machine” labor. Great!

Anyway, if you are feeling especially hot today, take a look at the full article and you’ll suddenly feel better. Of course, it would be cooler to back your truck up to the machine and fill up the bed with ice and just jump in.

What do you think, will this idea take off? We already get ice from machines at the fast food joints, so why not for our picnic or BBQ?

I was just reading a story over at VideoBusiness that I thought was pretty interesting, regarding an ATM maker getting into the DVD kiosk business…

NCR, the world’s largest automated-teller machine maker, has purchased a minority stake in a closely held kiosk maker in an agreement that will add several thousand self-service DVD-trading machines in GameStop, Dollar Tree and other U.S. retailers within the next few years.

As you probably already know, Redbox sells what they call “Redbox Keepers” in many of their kiosks for $7. These are generally previously viewed rentals that are getting older, and Redbox wants to make room for the new releases, so they sell their old DVDs through this program.

These new kiosks (from a company called E-Play) will allow you to take any old DVD you have laying around and the machine will “buy” it from you for anywhere between “50¢ to $13 for a DVD, depending on the title and condition.” After selling your DVDs, you can use the credit you received to buy anything you like from the retailer the kiosk is in.

Of course, you can also buy DVDs from the kiosk for $2 to $25. In addition, the kiosks can be setup to allow rentals, as well.

I think this is a pretty interesting concept, and I would be willing to try it out and see how it works. Its not much different than Redbox, just with some added functionality.

It looks like they will not be coming to my area very soon, but if you are in Georgia, North Carolina or Ohio, you may see some of these kiosks start showing up at retailers in your area over the coming months. For now, there are only about 20 machines at a few GameStop, DollarTree and Exxon locations.

If you have one of these kiosks nearby, let us know what you think…

What do you think of this idea? Would you buy/sell DVDs at a kiosk?