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Archive for August, 2010

Disney is launching a new subscription-based video-on-demand service, and is giving away free access for a brief trial period. The channel will be available free of charge to subscribers of its participating cable providers from September 2 through 6.

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Another good list of movies coming this week. What will you be watching?

$5 A Day PG-13
Starring: Alessandro Nivola,Christopher Walken,Sharon Stone
Genre: Comedy,Drama,Drama
Release Year: 2008
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2:22 R
Starring: Val Kilmer,Mick Rossi
Genre: Drama,Crime,Drama,Thriller
Release Year: 2008
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Abandoned PG-13
Starring: Brittany Murphy,Dean Cain
Genre: Drama,Thriller
Release Year: 2010
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Batman Under the Red Hood PG-13
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris (v),Jensen Ackles (v)
Genre: Action,Drama,Animated,Drama
Release Year: 2010
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Batman Under the Red Hood (Blu-ray) PG-13
Starring: Jensen Ackles (v),Bruce Greenwood (v)
Genre: Action,Drama,Animated,Drama
Release Year: 2010
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City Island PG-13
Starring: Andy Garcia,Julianna Margulies
Genre: Comedy,Drama,Drama,Family
Release Year: 2009
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Clash of the Titans (2010) PG-13
Starring: Liam Neeson,Sam Worthington
Genre: Action,Adventure,Fantasy
Release Year: 2010
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Clash of the Titans (2010) (Blu-ray) PG-13
Starring: Liam Neeson,Sam Worthington
Genre: Action,Adventure
Release Year: 2010
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Repo Men R
Starring: Forest Whitaker,Jude Law
Genre: Comedy,Action,Comedy,Sci-Fi,Thriller
Release Year: 2010
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Repo Men (Blu-ray) R
Starring: Forest Whitaker,Jude Law
Genre: Comedy,Action,Comedy,Sci-Fi,Thriller
Release Year: 2010
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Survival Of The Dead R
Starring: Kenneth Welsh,Kathleen Munroe
Genre: Horror,Horror,Thriller
Release Year: 2009
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The Back-Up Plan PG-13
Starring: Jennifer Lopez,Alex O'Loughlin
Genre: Comedy,Romantic Comedy
Release Year: 2010
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The Square R
Starring: Joel Edgerton,David Roberts
Genre: Drama,Mystery,Thriller
Release Year: 2008
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By offering cheap, convenient DVD rentals from kiosks across the country, Coinstar has helped make the verb “Redbox” part of the cultural lexicon. For millions of Americans over the last few years, “Let’s Redbox,” has become a common statement. Since this blog is largely read by people who like to Redbox (along with a few haters), we thought it would be interesting to see just how often the Insiders are Redboxing.

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Always looking for ways to expand its kiosk footprint beyond coin-counting machines and DVD kiosks, Redbox parent Coinstar may be soon expanding into the cosmetics industry. The Wall Street Journal reports that Coinstar is seeking “a vice-president-level manager to oversee a new venture in the beauty or cosmetics space.”

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The venerable DVD continues to slowly yield its throne to another acronym. With VOD offering more profit to studios than they receive from Redbox or Netflix, the average window between most titles’ DVD and video-on-demand release has dropped to just five days, says analyst Richard Greenfield. This shift underscores the ever-weakening position of DVD sales in Hollywood’s home entertainment revenue stream.

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The winner of Coinstar’s “Next Big Idea” contest last year was San Diego-based EcoATM. The company’s kiosks scan users’ obsolete electronic devices and determines their value. The kiosk then offers users trade-up coupons, gift cards, cash or the opportunity to make a charitable contribution in exchange for the device. Coinstar obviously believes in the viability of the EcoATM model as a follow-up to its Redbox kiosk biz, having recently invested an unknown but presumably large amount of cash into the venture.

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Netflix has been expanding its streaming catalog quickly, with its most recent deal with Epix giving it the ability to stream many Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM titles. Standing in Netflix’s way, however, is a little obstacle called HBO. The premium cable channel has exclusive streaming rights to content from Fox, Warner and Universal, and it’s not going to yield that exclusivity easily.

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RentersInsurance.org has put together an interesting head-to-head comparison of two movie rental titans, Redbox and Netflix. The chart gives Netflix props for its selection, pricing and streaming service. Redbox is lauded for its convenience, but takes a hit for its limited title options and pricing. (But does anyone really rent thirty Redbox movies a month?)

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Do you have an idea for kiosk-type business rattling around in your noggin? If so, you may want to enter the second installment of Coinstar’s “Next Big Idea” contest. The Redbox parent is offering $10,000 for the best new concept in retail-based kiosks. The submission deadline for the contest is September 30, with the winner being announced at the 2010 Customer Engagement Technology World expo in November.

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For a limited time, Best Buy’s CinemaNow is offering movie rentals at a Redbox-like price of $.99. Titles included in the promotion range from older movies such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Karate Kid to more recent fare such as Kick-Ass and The Bounty Hunter. CinemaNow titles normally cost between $2.99 to $3.99 for a 48-hour viewing period.

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