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Archive for January, 2009

In a post almost 2 months ago to the day, I introduced some ideas that I would be implementing in the site over the coming months. One of those ideas was “Codename: MQ”…

Today, myQueue (MQ) is ready enough for me to release it to members of this site for testing. There will still be some changes and features added, but the basics are there, so get to using them!

What is myQueue?

myQueue is a Netflix-like movie queue designed to help you keep track of your Redbox rentals – what you want to watch and what you have watched. It is part of the new “Movies” page here on InsideRedbox.

Currently, you can add movies to your queue when you are looking at the “Movie Info” screen on the Movies page. Just click the “Add to myQueue” button (next to the “Rent Now” button) located under the movie title. You must be logged in and a member of InsideRedbox to see the button and use this feature.

You can reorder your queue by dragging/dropping movie titles on the list. When your mouse cursor changes to the “hand” symbol, just click and drag the movie to where you want it.

You can remove movies from your queue by clicking the “X”. You can check availability and/or rent a movie on redbox.com by clicking “R” button next to the movie name. Also, you can see how other InsideRedbox users rate this movie in the “Star rating” section (another new feature to the site).

Additional features coming (very) soon

Mark as “Rented” – As of right now, you can only “remove” a movie from your queue, and not mark it is “Rented”. I am working on this functionality right now, and it should be ready very soon. You will then be able to mark a movie as “rented” like you can on the Codes page, which allows you to keep track of your rental and helps us keep a list of popular rentals by our members (another new feature on the “Movies” page).

Automated Rental Tracking – In addition, I am working on a way for the system to automatically track movies you have rented, remove them from your queue, and allow you to rate them. If you choose to use this feature, you will simply enter a special email address (which the site will create for you) when you rent your movie at the Redbox kiosk. The receipt will then come to the myQueue system, and then be forwarded on to you for your own records. The myQueue system will then automatically process the receipt and update myQueue for you.

The Future of myQueue

Above are the features I have planned for myQueue, but the future of other additions are up to you. Let me know what you think, what else you want to see, and I will see what I can do.

Start using myQueue today, and stay tuned for future updates.

Redbox Gets Robbed: 80 DVDs Stolen

(via Sun News) A police report filed Silver City, New Mexico notes the theft of 80 DVDs from a Redbox at a Wal-mart location in Silver City.

Apparently, the machine malfunctioned and allowed someone to bypass the security device and access the inner door of the Redbox, giving them access to the DVDs. The theft is still under investigation at this time. Redbox declined to comment on the incident.

This is likely an isolated incident and not a widespread function, but it does bring up a good question. How often have you seen a Redbox machine malfunction? Does it happen to you often?

Personally, I have seen a machine down a few times and it would not allow rentals, but I have never had a malfunction when renting/returning a DVD. How about you?

I just posted an updated Redbox Movies page. Take a look at it and let me know what you think, and if you have any problems.

Also, I am working on the “myQueue” section, which should be available sometime on Friday.

Stay tuned…

A new year, a new month, a new Monday – and another free Redbox promo code from the folks Redbox. Enjoy!

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