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Archive for July, 2008

MarketWatch has an interesting article regarding a survey Redbox conducted earlier in the year regarding the summer plans of Redbox customers.

According to the survey, 56% of consumers intended to spend less on summer vacation activities this year due to rising costs of gas and food, while a full 40% planned to spend their summer at home and not travel at all.

Also, many are choosing to watch movies at home instead of going to the theater…

“While movie theater ticket and concession prices continue to rise, families can bring the theater home for a fraction of the price,” advises Gary Lancina, vice president, marketing, redbox. “Stop by your local redbox retailer and pick-up a jumbo box of your favorite candy along with a $1 redbox DVD for an action-packed movie night on a shoe-string budget.”

The full article has some interesting statistics on the survey. Check it out if you have time…

What about you? Have you traveled less and cut down your visits to the movie theaters in favor of watching your movies at home?

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Monday Promo Code – July 14, 2008

Today’s code is here early today… enjoy!

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Expires tonight (Mon, Jul 14) at midnight.

Quite a long list of new releases this week. What are your favorites?

College Road Trip G
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Starring: Martin Lawrence, Raven-Symoné
Release Year: 2008

 

Lenny The Wonder Dog NR
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Starring: Andy Richter, Craig Ferguson
Release Year: 2004

 

Loopdidoo NR
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Starring:
Release Year: 2008

 

Mad Bad NR
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Starring: Denton Blane Everett, Landon Dunning
Release Year: 2008

 

Meet Bill R
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Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Banks
Release Year: 2007

 

Shutter PG-13
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Starring: Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor
Release Year: 2008

 

Step Up 2 the Streets PG-13
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Starring: Robert Hoffman, Briana Evigan
Release Year: 2008

 

The Bank Job R
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Starring: Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows
Release Year: 2008

 

Trapped Ashes R
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Starring: Jayce Bartok, Henry Gibson
Release Year: 2006

 

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Recently I created a Facebook page for all things Redbox, and if you use Facebook, I need your help!

Simply visit the Redbox page on Facebook (link below) and click “Become a Fan” on the right-hand side of the page…

I want to see if we can get at least 500 fans added in the next 24 hours, so Become a Fan right now and tell all your friends about it…

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Thanks, everyone… I plan on doing something fun with it if we can get enough Redbox Fans on Facebook, so be sure to tell everyone you know!

Redbox IPO Quietly Delayed

According to my previous post, Redbox said they would file for IPO by the end of Q2 of this year. However, with June ending over a week ago, there has been no word on an IPO filing.

Redbox will not comment on their IPO plans, which is normal just before an IPO is filed, but we have to wonder what is going on, and when the IPO will happen.

The reason they have not filed is likely due to bad market conditions right now, which would force them to keep their offering price low. That would be great for those of us who would like to invest, but not so great for Redbox’s valuation.

Redbox is growing quickly, and I have no doubt they will continue to do so, but I do hope they get their IPO moving sooner rather than later.

Monday Promo Code – July 7, 2008

Here is your Monday promo code for the week. Enjoy!

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Expires tonight (Mon, Jul 7) at midnight.

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Here are the new releases for the week. I am not too excited about any of them, but let me know if there is something that I should see.

Bamboo Bears: Forest Adventure NR
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Starring:
Release Year: 2008

 

Batman: Gotham Knight PG-13
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Starring: Hynden Walch
Release Year: 2008

 

Blood Brothers R
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Starring: Daniel Wu, Ye Liu
Release Year: 2007

 

Bone Eater PG-13
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Starring: Paul Rae, Bruce Boxleitner
Release Year: 2007

 

Ruins R
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Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Shawn Ashmore
Release Year: 2008

 

Sleepwalking R
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Starring: Nick Stahl, AnnaSophia Robb
Release Year: 2008

 

Stop-Loss R
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Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Release Year: 2008

 

I read about these DVDs a few weeks ago, but then quickly forgot about them until seeing this article in Time this morning.

The concept is simple enough. You buy these DVDs from airports, travel centers, and Staples across the country. As soon as you open it, you have about 48 hours to watch it before it becomes unreadable by your DVD player.

Here are some technical details from the article:

The DVDs, which were created by the Georgia-based company Flexplay Entertainment, look like regular discs, but they are made with a special glue that is sensitive to oxygen. Once the disc is exposed to air, a chemical reaction causes the glue to darken so the laser in the DVD player can no longer read the disc. Sealed discs can last for about one year. “It’s like DVD on demand,” says Joe Fuller, Flexplay’s executive vice president of marketing. “You can get Flexplay at the store today, but your rental period doesn’t actually start until you’ve opened the sealed package.”

Sounds pretty cool, so what’s the problem then? Well, the price… These DVDs sell for $5 each. So, it costs more than even renting a DVD from Blockbuster, and the same as the 2-per-month Netflix membership.

Of course, we savvy Redbox users can get 5 (or more with promo codes) movies for the same price. So, why would anyone use these?

The company hopes these DVDs will appeal to business travelers who don’t usually rent movies because their busy schedules make it hard to find time to return them. In addition to Staples, which has never offered movie rentals before, the discs will be for sale at Flexplay’s own Web site, Travel Centers of America, Love’s and at about 200 Hudson Group–owned newsstands at airports and travel hubs. “You can pick up a couple of movies and put it in your briefcase,” Fuller says. “And the next time you are stuck at an airport, you can pop it in your DVD player or computer and you can enjoy a movie.”

I do like the idea of buying them, and then having up to a year that you can just leave them in your briefcase or bag before watching them, but I don’t think there are enough users who would need this. Perhaps I underestimate the needs and DVD watching habits of business travelers…

Personally, unless they can get the price down to a more reasonable price (maybe $2.99?), I don’t see how these will ever take off. And, if Redbox can get itself in all of the airports across the country, this idea will be grounded for good.

Of course, if we can just put our DVDs and players in a room where there is no oxygen, then these things will theoretically last a lot longer! In fact, how long will be until some young hacker creates some sort of “wrap” or case that you can stick these things in so they will not “self-destruct” at all?

Now you know what I think – how about you? Will this idea work? Would you ever find yourself in a situation where you would buy one of these?

Back in April we reported on the credit card skimmers Redbox had found on a few of its kiosks.

Redbox kiosk credit card readerRedbox did a very good job of informing its customers of this issue, and it looks like they are being proactive to keep it from happening again.

The photo to the right was taken yesterday at a Redbox near my home. Notice the red “blocks” that have been placed above and below the credit card reader. These blocks prevent the placement of credit card skimmers close enough to the card reader to be effective. They are welded into place, which should prevent them from being removed.

I think this a a step in the right direction, and likely the best they could do without redesigning their kiosks entirely. Perhaps future kiosks will employ even better measures to prevent this problem.

What do you think, is Redbox doing enough to protect your privacy and the theft of your information?