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Archive for July, 2010

Redbox parent Coinstar announced its second quarter financials today, and the results were a mixed bag. On the one hand, the company posted earnings of $13.4 million, nearly double Coinstar’s Q2 2009 earnings. Revenue from the company’s “DVD Services” segment, which includes Redbox, was up 44%.

Less encouraging were the numbers for same-store sales from Redbox kiosks, which rose a paltry 3.5%, a steep drop from the 21% increase in the first quarter of this year. Investors punished the company’s stock in after-hours trading, with Coinstar shares dropping nearly 7%.

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It’s official, Insiders: Red’s gone Blu. Redbox announced today that Blu-ray discs are now available at approximately 13,300 of its kiosks, priced at $1.50 per night. RB intends to roll out high-def disc rentals in all of its kiosks by the fall, and plans to have about 10% of its inventory consist of BDs by year’s end.

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A decent chunk of Netflix subscribers are paying a higher price per disc than they would if they rented from Redbox, according to FeedFlix. The site, designed to allow Netflix users to get the most out of their subscription, allows users to track their rentals and subscription cost in order to calculate the price paid per rental.

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When asked what the most popular source of watch-and-return DVDs for Americans is, most people would say Netflix, Redbox or maybe even Blockbuster. In fact, public libraries have them all beat, lending an average of 2.1 million movies each day. This finding comes from a report entitled “How Libraries Stack Up”, which was created by OCLC, a nonprofit library co-operative and research organization.

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Redbox stands to gain $50 million in incremental quarterly revenue as a result of the implosion of Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video, according to one analyst. Michael Pachter with Wedbush Morgan believes that this revenue boost should allow Redbox to reveal more than $297 million in Q2 revenue when parent company Coinstar announces its financials on July 29.

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Check out what is coming to Redbox this week! What will you rent or recommend?

Don't Look Up R
Starring: Eli Roth,Henry Thomas
Genre: Horror,Horror,Thriller
Release Year: 2009
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Hot Tub Time Machine R
Starring: John Cusack,Clark Duke,Craig Robinson,Rob Corddry,Sebastian Stan
Genre: Action,Comedy,Adventure
Release Year: 2010
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Hot Tub Time Machine (Blu-ray) R
Starring: John Cusack,Clark Duke,Craig Robinson,Rob Corddry,Sebastian Stan
Genre: Action,Comedy,Adventure
Release Year: 2010
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Jesse Stone: No Remorse NR
Starring: Tom Selleck,Kathy Baker
Genre: Drama,Crime,Drama
Release Year: 2010
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Percy Jackson & the Olympians (BLU-RAY) PG
Starring: Logan Lerman,Brandon T. Jackson,Alexandra Daddario,Sean Bean,Pierce Brosnan
Genre: Action,Family,Drama,Adventure,Family
Release Year: 2010
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The Missing Lynx PG
Starring: Antonio Banderas
Genre: Family,Children
Release Year: 2008
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The Seventh Sign R
Starring: Demi Moore,Michael Biehn
Genre: Horror,redbox Replay,Thriller
Release Year: 1988
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Having already touted in store windows its 28-day advantage over Redbox and Netflix when it comes to new releases from some studios, Blockbuster is now taking its message further. In a test ad campaign that will run this summer in Charlotte, N.C., and Reno, Nevada, BB will be using television, radio, online, direct mail and in-store materials to highlight its advantage in new release availability.

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Despite some solid growth revealed during Netflix’s Q2 financials report yesterday, investors punished its stock, dropping its value by double digits over the last two days. Several analysts have expressed the concern that Netflix’s share price has reached its peak, at least for the near-term.

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Redbox seems to finally be getting serious about Blu-ray, having added a page on its website dedicated to the high-def format. From the new page, users can check for BD availability in their area by entering their ZIP Code (still no Blu-ray love in my area). In addition, Redbox is using the page to highlight recent BD releases available in its kiosks.

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Netflix Q2 Revenue Up 27%

Netflix released its Q2 numbers on Wednesday, and while the company demonstrated continued growth in both its net income and subscriber base, its stock still plunged nearly 9% in after-hours trading. Netflix revealed $520 million in revenue for second quarter of 2010, an increase of 27% over Q2 of 2009 but still at the lower end of investors’ expectations. Netflix also saw its net income rise 34% and added one million subscribers.

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