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Archive for October, 2008

“Change” has been a popular word lately – with the presidential election, housing crisis, markets collapsing, and more…

It is time to make some changes here at Inside Redbox, as well. Hopefully these changes will all be for the better, though, as we attempt to improve the site for everyone.

So what is “Part 1” of this change?

1. REDBOX CODES SYSTEM

The first changes you will see will come on the Redbox Codes page. We are updating the page to make it (hopefully) easier to find the codes you are looking for, and to make it easier to keep track of codes you have used.

We hope to complete these changes within a week, or by November 7. In the meantime, certain features may be unavailable (like the “Codes by State” pages), but don’t panic. We will get things up and running as quickly as possible.

Stay tuned for part 2 (and beyond) for info on the other upcoming features…

With all of these features we are adding comes a cost to us to make it happen. As you have seen, we put advertisements on the site to help pay for the costs of running it. We need to do this because we don’t sell anything and will NEVER charge you for access to a community you helped build…

At this time, there are a few more ads than I would like to see. This has happened because the rising popularity of the site adds to the costs and time required to run it. So, before it gets out of hand, I am making a change, and would like your thoughts on it.

The idea is simple: Become a member, see fewer ads and more promo codes.

Since many of you are already members to fully use the code tracking system, this won’t make much of a difference for you. Membership will – of course – remain free. The only thing that will change is that you will be asked to look at an offer (likely monthly) in order to see the most up-to-date list of codes.

Non-members will still be able to access the site, of course, but they won’t be able to see the codes that have been added/updated in the last 48 hours.

I anticipate that this simple change will simplify the management of the site, pay for the costs of running it, and have some other great side-effects as well (like quicker access to codes and less spam). I would love to hear from you, though, as I do value your feedback. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

Thanks everyone for making Inside Redbox a great community, and I look forward to bringing you some great new features in the near future!

Redbox updates their DVD cases again

I ran into one of the nice Redbox employees who stock the machines today at my local Walmart, and noticed she was loading the new movies with different cases. She let me trade the case I just got with my rental (Indiana Jones) for a new case so I could post it here.

New Redbox DVD case put into circulation Oct 2008

New Redbox DVD case put into circulation Oct 2008

This version is thicker than the last iteration, but of a different design. It is now all one solid piece, which could cause it to break easier at the hinge, but who knows. I assume Redbox makes these changes for a reason, likely durability and ease of use.

Has anyone else seen the new case yet? What do you think?

This must be lawsuit week…

In a bold move, DVDPlay filed a lawsuit today against Redbox and Coinstar (separately) for patent infringement.

I dug into this a bit, and found that DVDPlay filed for this patent on May 25, 2000, and it was just issued today (Oct 28, 2008). So, it has been over 8 years since the patent application was filed.

In addition, I know that Redbox got its start by using (via lease?) DVDPlay-made machines before they started having their own manufactured in 2004.

So, the question is, does DVDPlay have a chance at winning a case like this when they previously worked with Redbox voluntarily?

It seems to me that DVDPlay is grasping at anything it can to get additional money for their currently failing operation. With Redbox and Coinstar leading the pack, perhaps DVDPlay sees them as a target with deep pockets.

Also, how will this patent and these cases affect Blockbuster’s plans?

I would love to hear any thoughts you may have on this, so please comment below. If you are a lawyer (or play one on TV), please let us know what you think about DVDPlay’s chances here, as well as their possible motivations.

You can view the patent here, as well as more info on the court filing here. I will post more info as soon as it becomes available.

VideoBusiness is reporting that TNR, owners of The New Release and MovieCube kiosks, is also preparing to take possible action against Universal for its new policies.

“We’re not going to sit on the sidelines and watch” the Redbox lawsuit play out, said TNR CEO Tim Belton, who added that the company would decide whether to take legal action shortly. “We haven’t been able to reach [Universal] to figure out what their business issues are, which is kind of frustrating.”

TNR is currently Redbox’s closest competitor, with 2,200 kiosks.

Personally, I hope Universal changes its mind on this, because this move could truly kill the kiosk industry – not a good thing for consumers.

Another Monday brings yet another free movie rental from Redbox.

Today’s code is:

93NCA5

Expires tonight (Mon, Oct 27) at midnight.

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Redbox New Releases for October 28, 2008

Here is the list of new movies in the Redbox for this coming week. Enjoy!

Sorry for the delay on the new releases. Time just didn’t permit me to get them posted while I was gone. I am back now and everything should get back to normal around here. (Although, I will be missing the great central Florida weather!)

Here is your Monday promo code for today, straight from the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. I write this while waiting in line for the Tomorrowland Speedway with my son.

PK66H8

Expires tonight (Mon, Oct 20) at midnight.

Have a great day, I will post new releases when I get back to the hotel tonight.

Redbox has issued a press release that they have filed suit against Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Redbox believes that some new terms that Universal has proposed would prevent them from carrying new movies from them for 45 days after their initial release.

From the release:

Redbox filed the action because redbox believes that new distribution terms proposed by USHE would prohibit redbox from renting Universal Studios DVDs for 45 days after their public release, would limit how many Universal Studios DVDs each redbox kiosk could carry, and would require redbox to destroy, rather than sell at a discount, previously-viewed DVDs from its kiosks.

At this time Redbox still plans to carry all major new releases on their release date, including those of Universal.

I am sure this is complicated, but I am glad to see Redbox is going to bat on this, and not letting the studios dictate how they can run their business.

What do you think? Should a movie studio be allowed to do this?

An electronic version of the complaint is available on the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) website, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link: https://pacer.login.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl?court_id=00idx. A copy of the complaint is also available upon request by emailing Kristin@jsha.com.

Your Monday code for the week is:

7CB23W

Expires tonight (Mon, Oct 13) at midnight.