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Archive for November, 2009

kirk-screamBlockbuster can’t wait to disable Netflix’s spaceship and leave its rival marooned on a desolate planet—at least when it comes to movie streaming. Jim Keyes, CEO of Blockbuster, says that when the day comes when consumers have a choice between Blockbuster and Netflix’s online streaming services, there will be no contest.

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Mad HatterFrom the “As if the market wasn’t crowded enough already” file comes news that Sony plans to get into the digital content delivery business. In a recent interview, Sony executive VP Kaz Hirai stated that his company hopes to launch an online content service by early 2010.

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SHARK WEEK "Blood In The Water"A few weeks ago we reported that Redbox was the subject of a class action lawsuit claiming that it has illegally collected $100 million in fees. According to the filing:

“While it boasts ‘easy $1 a night DVD rentals’ ‘with no late fees…ever,’ that is not the truth. . . Instead, Redbox charges its customers who return a movie even one minute late a late fee in the form of an illegal penalty.”

Brent Coon & Associates, the lawyers behind the suit, have now created a website promoting their cause. Read the rest of this entry »

coinstarInsiders, we wanted to tell you about a limited-time offer currently available from Redbox’s parent company, Coinstar. Between now and December 6, 2009, when you change $40 at a Coinstar machine for a certificate from one of Coinstar’s retail partners, the kiosk company will send you an additional $10 bonus gift card by mail. Read the rest of this entry »

old-manThe other day we heard from Gary Cohen, Redbox’s marketing chief, as he fielded questions about the company’s past, present and future. Now we have the chance to hear from the Big Red himself: Mitch Lowe. The Redbox CEO recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss delayed new releases, the recession and his view on a post-DVD world. Read the rest of this entry »

ice-age-3Because of the new release delays imposed on it by three major studios, Redbox has had to become creative to obtain desirable titles the first weeks they are out. Several weeks ago, financial services firm Merriman Curhan Ford found that Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, a popular animated film, was only stocked in around two-thirds of the more than 50 Redbox kiosks it checked. On November 14, the firm checked the same kiosks again and found the DVD stocked in 94% of the boxes.

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hot cookiesFor consumers who like their video-on-demand piping hot and fresh, November’s going to be a great month. This month will see a higher number of same-day VOD and DVD releases than any other month to date. Studios, along with cable and satellite providers, are going to be massively hyping new releases coming out on VOD and DVD simultaneously.

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Check out what’s coming to Redbox this week, and let us know if something is missing…

Bruno R
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Gotta Catch Santa Claus NR
Starring: William Shatner (v)
Genre: Family,Holiday,Children
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Little Cars Big Adventures NR
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My Sister's Keeper PG-13
Starring: Abigail Breslin,Cameron Diaz
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The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard R
Starring: David Koechner,Jeremy Piven,Ving Rhames
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The Killing Room R
Starring: Timothy Hutton,Clea DuVall
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The Locator 2 Braxton Returns NR
Starring: Andre Buckner,Chris Durant,Cristina Kellogg
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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year NR
Starring: Brooke Burns,Warren Christie,Henry Winkler
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Train R
Starring: Thora Birch,Gideon Emery
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Wrong Turn at Tahoe R
Starring: Harvey Keitel,Cuba Gooding, Jr.
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NewTeeVeeLivelogoGary Cohen, SVP of Marketing and Customer Experience at Redbox, was recently interviewed at the NewTeeVee Live ’09 conference. During the course of the interview, which can be found in its entirety here, Cohen made some interesting comments about Redbox’s impact on the home entertainment market, where the company is today and what it has planned for the future. Read the rest of this entry »

netflix-logoNothing is going to usher in wider adoption of broadband internet more quickly than online video streaming, says Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. At the NewTeeVee Live conference this week, Hastings called his company’s streaming video service “a killer app for broadband data”. According to Hastings, the main reason customers upgrade to faster internet service isn’t because of email or basic web surfing—it’s because of bandwidth-demanding video streaming such as Netflix’s service.

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