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Redbox to Partner with Apple?

Coinstar-owned Redbox may be partnering with tech giant Apple for its upcoming online service, reports Bloomberg. Such a partnership would allow Redbox to begin to compete with rival Netflix in the movie streaming business, which is generally viewed as the direction the industry is headed.

Coinstar CEO Paul Davis played his cards pretty close to his chest when asked about the potential partnership:

“We have a longstanding relationship with Apple . . . I would not conclude we are or are not doing a streaming deal with them.”

Davis also soft-pedaled on rumors that Redbox would be partnering with Sonic Solutions for its streaming venture:

“We are exploring multiple opportunities . . . It will likely be a partnership and there are other opportunities other than the reported partnership with Sonic Solutions.”

Note that Davis confirms the likelihood of a partnership rather than Redbox trying to build and implement a service on its own. How likely do you think it is that Steve Jobs and company would be interested in a partnership with Redbox, especially with the recent revamp of the Apple TV?

(via Bloomberg)

8 Responses to “Redbox to Partner with Apple?”

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    John [visitor]

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    Spell Check “rebox” ?

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    Matt E [visitor]

    I don’t see why Apple wouldn’t partner with Redbox. The Netflix app that just came out last week does basically the same thing(stream from your Netflix instant queue).

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    gandhawk [visitor]

    I think it is a great idea. I have the plan with Netflix. Under $10.00 a month. I get unlimited movies(that are available to watch). Granted they are not new releases but the selection is extensive. My children, grandchildren and myself watch about 40 shows a month. How is Redbox/Apple going to compete with that. They will be able to compete with Pandora, Amazon, Comcast….. When Netflix starts offering new releases i believe it still will be a better deal. Old movies/tv shows for free and a charge for new releases. I am sure subscribers cost will be less than Pandora, Amazon, Comcast. I love the competition.

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    MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

    Not that Apple needs this, they are getting along fine without it. But hey, I would use it.

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    why do people want watch movies over ithe internet. what is this craze about streaming movies? i only want to watch high quality LOCALLY GENERATED VIDEO.
    that means dvd or bd in a standalone machine playing directly into a HDTV.
    that way there are no dropouts, no extra compression, no BS.
    i dont get it??? people will acept anything these days.
    does quality matter anymore???
    apple will never see a dime of revenue from me for itunes mp3 songs and the same for movie downloads. why would apple and why would redbox feel they need each other? wierd ??


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      MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

      I think this “craze” is because it is inexpensive and convenient. A great deal of people don’t have big HDTV’s and Blu-Ray players yet. On the other hand a bunch of people have DVD players or laptops. Streaming standards which match or exceed DVD Spec. compressions are now quite commonplace among many streaming sites. Of course every site uses their own compression and streaming tech, sometimes like DVD style MPEG 2nd generation, sometimes with newer MPEG 4th Generation Advanced Video Codec’s and/or H.264. The kind of Audio and Video quality differences among these are nearly impossible to detect on anything less than an expensive HDTV and Home Theater style sound systems. Of course Blu-Ray still holds the the most cards utilizing light video compression and loss-less audio compression. But again, these luxuries can only be thoroughly enjoyed with expensive setups. So if I want to watch “The Abyss” from 1989 by streaming it online off of hulu for free on my laptop, You’ll have to forgive me for not dumping thousands of dollars into a home theater instead. Same with this potential new Apple TV service bonding with Redbox. Couple bucks a month to catch some classics, or the previously mentioned money pit? I think the choice is obvious.

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        MovieWatcherSupreme [moviewatchersupreme]

        You know what, it wasn’t hulu that I watched the Abyss on this past weekend. It was through “other means”. If their are any James Cameron fans out there who want to see this let me know, I’ll see if I can hook you up with it somehow.