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Archive for May, 2009

As many of you may remember, just over a week ago I mentioned I would be updating you on how Inside Redbox will help keep Free Movie Monday’s alive. My goal was to get that update to you this week, but it didn’t happen. I have most of the details worked out, but need a little more time in getting everything in place.

I do have a good reason I didn’t get everything ready as planned, though, and here it is…

On Saturday, May 23 we celebrated the birth of the newest member of our family – baby Leah. She came just over 3 weeks earlier than expected, though, and shortly after her birth we learned she was suffering from respiratory distress. After trying for a little while to control it, it was deemed she needed more treatment than our hospital could provide, and was Life Flighted to another hospital with a NICU (Newborn ICU).

All went well there and we were able to break her out a few days ago, and she is now doing well at home. Of course, we have had follow-up doctor visits and trips to the hospital for lab tests, taking even more of my time away from working on my usual activities – including this site.

Anyway, I just thought I would share with you a bit what was going on so you know I didn’t abandon you! June 8 is the next date Redbox will NOT have a Monday promo code for us, so I plan to have everything ready by then.

UPDATE: I have had a few people who understand how expensive having a child life flighted and in the NICU is ask how they could help. I appreciate it very much!

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Sorry for the delay on the new releases this week. I will explain more later…

American High School R
Starring: Aubrey O'Day,Nikki Ziering,Talan Torriero
Genre:
Release Year: 2008
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Brother's War R
Starring: Tino Struckmann,Olivier Gruner
Genre:
Release Year: 2008
movie details / trailer
Direct Contact R
Starring: Dolph Lundgren,Gina May
Genre:
Release Year: 2009
movie details / trailer
Dora: Super Babies' Dream Adventure NR
Starring: NA
Genre:
Release Year: 2009
movie details / trailer
Laid to Rest R
Starring: Lena Headey,Bobbi Sue Luther
Genre:
Release Year: 2008
movie details / trailer
New in Town PG
Starring: Harry Connick Jr.,Rene Zellweger
Genre:
Release Year: 2009
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The Cry R
Starring: Carlos Leon
Genre:
Release Year: 2007
movie details / trailer
The Devil's Tomb R
Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr.,Ron Perlman,Taryn Manning
Genre:
Release Year: 2009
movie details / trailer
The Lawless R
Starring: Denton Blane Everett
Genre:
Release Year: 2007
movie details / trailer
The Sky Crawlers PG-13
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi
Genre:
Release Year: 2008
movie details / trailer

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Redbox Expanding Kiosks at Circle K

Convenience stores like Circle K, 7-Eleven and others are truly becoming more convenient with Redbox.

Redbox has just announced additional expansion into Circle K stores throughout the country. They were already in a limited number of locations in Arizona, California and Ohio, but this new agreement will expand that to many other stores.

Where else would you like to see Redbox kiosks? I have heard a lot of people say airports would be a great place. Do you agree?

I read about these a few weeks ago, and just saw a little bit more information on them yesterday.

The kiosks are operated by e-play (www.e-play.com) – a company operating in the US and Canada – and they allow the rental of DVDs and games, a lot like Redbox and other kiosk operators. One thing that makes them stand out, though, is that they also allow “trade-ins” at many of their locations. You can trade your movies or games for cash or store credit.

I have read quite a few complaints about how well they work (not as easy to use as Redbox), but it is definitely an interesting business, and one that could cut in to Redbox’s profits if Walmart decided to dump them for their own kiosks across the country.

Have any of you seen these kiosks in your area? Have you used them? What do you think?

You have been reading a headline just like the one above every Monday for the past 16 months. Is it really going to end? We here at Inside Redbox say “NO WAY!”

Of course, there will always be other promo codes that you can use and find on the Redbox Codes page, but that is not what we are talking about…

And, Redbox will still be doing their Monday Promo Codes on the first Monday of each month – at least for a little while – but that is not what we are talking about either…

So, what are we going to do to keep the free movies flowing? Well, you are going to have to wait until next week to find out (Sorry!). But, in the meantime, check out our recent post titled “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Redbox?” and take advantage of a free trial that will get you at least 6 free rentals over the next 2 weeks.

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Stay tuned!

It’s not only Blockbuster that sees Redbox as a threat anymore…

According to Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, they are really starting to keep an eye on Redbox, and see them as their number one competitor by the end of the year.

Personally, I see them as complementary services right now. I am subscribed to the Netflix 1-at-a-time unlimited plan, which allows me to watch as many movies as I want from their online streaming catalog, and about 1 per week from the standard by-mail service. Currently, I use them for Blu-ray rentals, as my Redbox doesn’t have blu-ray yet.

What do you think? Do you use both, or has Redbox caused you to cancel or downcgrade your Netflix subscription?

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[via Yahoo Tech News]

Over the past few weeks there has been some interesting news coming out of the Blockbuster camp about their plans to launch 10,000 DVD rental kiosks by the end of next year. This is a bit of a delay from the original announcement (which had the kiosks running by the end of this year), but could still be a game changer.

Blockbuster’s partner in all this is NCR, and they have recently announced the purchase of the second largest DVD rental kiosk operator TNR / Moviecube. TNR had about 2,200 kiosks at the time of acquisition, far behind the 15,000+ that Redbox operates, but still almost a quarter of their goal.

I have to wonder if another acquisition (DVDPlay?) is in the works. If so, that would get them to 40% of their goal without having to deploy any kiosks of their own. I guess we will have to wait and see how this plays out.

The question is, can Blockbuster compete in this market that has been wholly dominated by Redbox over the past 4 years? Or, did they wait too long?

Personally, I think they can only compete if they are willing to match Redbox’s $1 price point, and I am not sure if they will be willing or able to do that, especially considering their financial woes as of late.

What would make you rent from Blockbuster instead of Redbox? Share your thoughts below…

Getting Back to Work

Many of you may have noticed that I have not been posting or commenting much over the past 3 weeks or so. Just wanted to let you know that things are getting back to normal around here and you will be seeing more posts, comments, and even some new site features.

The reason I haven’t been spending as much time around here lately was because I was in the process of moving. It was a very short move (still on the same street), but it still took a lot of time and energy to make it all happen.

There is still work to do in the new house (isn’t there always) – and we expecting the birth of a new child within the next few weeks – but I do plan to be spending more time on the site again. Thanks to everyone for all of your comments and participation here in our community in my absence, it really helps keep things going.

Now I need to get back to work. Stay tuned for some cool updates soon that you will like, and make sure you are subscribed to the “Insider Updates” newsletter to get the news first.