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Archive for May, 2010

On its march to an installed base of 10,000 kiosks by the end of 2010, NCR’s Blockbuster Express has struck a deal to place kiosks at 105 Tom Thumb and Randalls stores in Dallas, Houston and Austin. This is the first major expansion of the BB Express network into the Lonestar State. The new blue boxes will replace DVDPlay-branded kiosks, a company acquired by NCR late last year.

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Apple may soon be battling its erstwhile ally Google for dominance in the living room. While the two have been tussling for months now with their iPhone/Android rivalry, a new report says that set-top boxes may be the next battlefield for these two tech titans.

Engadget, citing a tip confirmed by “a source very close to Apple” is reporting that the next version of Apple TV will be much smaller and sleeker and could compete directly with Google’s upcoming Google TV platform.

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Is it June already? Here is your list of what’s coming to Redbox this week… What will you be renting?

Alice in Wonderland (2010) PG
Starring: Anne Hathaway,Johnny Depp
Genre: Family,redbox Replay,Family
Release Year: 2010
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Cornered! R
Starring: Steve Guttenberg,James Duval
Genre: Horror,Horror,Thriller
Release Year: 2008
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Leap Year PG
Starring: Amy Adams,Matthew Goode
Genre: Comedy,Romantic Comedy
Release Year: 2009
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Preacher's Kid PG-13
Starring: Letoya Luckett,Durrell "Tank" Babbs
Genre: Drama,Drama,Musical,Romance
Release Year: 2009
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The Red Baron PG-13
Starring: Matthias Schweighofer,Til Schweiger
Genre: Action,Adventure,Biopic
Release Year: 2008
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The Stranger R
Starring: Steve Austin
Genre: Action,Thriller
Release Year: 2010
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Wild Things: Foursome R
Starring: Jillian Murray,Cameron Daddo
Genre: Action,Drama,Drama,Thriller
Release Year: 2010
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Insiders who own iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads are likely aware that these popular Apple products don’t play nice with Adobe’s Flash video software. Apple chief Steve Jobs has not held back when it comes to his distaste for Flash, and a war of words has been brewing between the two companies for some time now. Unfortunately for Apple, its rejection of Flash on its small devices could cost it some content from some major Hollywood players.

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Netflix: DVD Biz to Peak in 2013

Netflix’s DVD by-mail business has fewer than three years of growth left in it before it peaks and goes into a protracted decline, according to a “Business Opportunity” slideshow put out by the company. Netflix plans to “gain and maintain leadership” in the streaming sector, according to the slideshow, and become the dominant player in the business of “consumer-paid streaming of movies and TV shows.”

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If you like some snacks to go along with your Redbox rental and shop at Kroger, your day just got a little better. PepsiCo (makers Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Lays, Cheetos, etc.) has teamed up with Redbox to offer free DVD rentals. Under the terms of the new promotion, customers who purchase three or more Pepsi or Frito Lay products at Kroger stores will earn a free one-night Redbox movie rental. The “Make it a Movie Night” promotion began earlier this month and runs through 2010.

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Google’s recently announced Google TV platform could prove to be dangerous to Redbox and Netflix by providing wider access to video-on-demand, according to one analyst.

William Blair & Co. analyst Ralph Schackart believes that Google’s new platform could enable Hollywood to “deliver less expensive (higher margin) VOD movies directly through connected TVs.” Schackart argues that such an eventuality would be detrimental to Redbox and Netflix’s market share. Read the rest of this entry »

NewTeeVee recently sat down with Redbox president Mitch Lowe and asked him his thoughts on a variety of topics. In his responses, Lowe shared his take on what he believes is holding the home video industry back, why he considers Redbox to be an innovator and why he’s confident in his company’s future viability. Here are some highlights:

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Sensing a major opportunity in melding its web prowess with the massive worldwide television audience, Google has introduced a new platform that combines “the best of the web with the best of TV.” Google TV, which will be launching this fall, will be based on the company’s highly successful Android operating system.

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As the icy waters of retail death engulf Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video, Merriman Curhan Ford analyst and frequent Redbox commenter Eric Wold says that the kiosk renter should see a major revenue boost. Wold believes that former Movie Gallery and Hollywood Video customers will gravitate towards Redbox and Netflix as more and more retail locations are closed.

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