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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.

As reported by High-Def Digest, FeedFlix has revealed that “around 80 percent [its] users pay more than a dollar a day for DVD rentals. That’s more than Redbox charges now, but the numbers change significantly when you factor streaming into the mix – only 35 percent of FeedFlix users shell out more than $1 a movie when it comes to instant watch titles.”

Netflixing Insiders, how much are you paying per disc these days? If you combine the streaming and by-mail options that Netflix offers, how does the value proposition compare to Redbox for your video-watching habits?

(via High-Def Digest)

10 Responses to “Redbox a Better Deal for Some Netflix Subscribers?”

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    Wesley [visitor]

    The cost has nothing (or at best very little) to do with the situation.

    I can’t get a movie in under an hour from Netflix (Unless it’s streaming). I can’t stream a movie from Redbox. I can’t get a 20-year-old obscure TV show from Redbox.

    Just because both offer DVDs doesn’t mean they are in any way comparable. I pay for Netflix monthly. I pay for Redbox when I still have nothing to watch or really want to see something *now*.

    But to answer your question, I get about 8 DVDs a month on the one-at-a-time plan and watch a couple (say 2-3) things on instant for my $10/month or whatever pittance they charge me. So yeah, Redbox and Netflix cost about the same as far as I’m concerned.

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    cedar1079

    I don’t have Netflix, but another thing to consider is the time/gas it takes to get a Redbox movie. I mostly rent Blu-Rays (which you still can’t reserve or see online), so for me it’s a crapshoot searching for a particular movie in a redbox (I have about 4 local machines). But if it takes your average person a half hour and a mile or 2 to get to/from their redbox, those costs need to be figured in as well. Now if I had a redbox machine next to my mailbox, i’d be golden.

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      rb [visitor]

      I dunno’…I don’t consider the time/gas too much when I use Redbox kiosks because there are soooooooo many in my community. No matter what I do, I can’t help passing by several. I just plan to rent one day when I’m going to the grocery/store/work anyway, and know I have plans the next day that will have me passing a kiosk that I can return at. If there weren’t so many Redbox kiosks around, I’d probably consider the time/gas factor more.

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    JimBob [visitor]

    I must say Redbox can not be compared to NETFLIX. Though Netflix has a agreement with those three major studios, so does Blockbuster Express, and Redbox, so no bonus from any one thier. However, I been with netflix since close to the begining of the company, now they have more and more classic and newer instant streaming movies… How nice that is cause you do not have to drive any where to watch and old school movie, so no cost factor thier. Netflix turn around time to get ones next set of movies is fantastic… I calculated how many DVDs I get vs. cost of redbox it breaks down the same. So thier is no comparison to redbox and blockbuster express kiosk Vs. netflix. Netflix Is the best!!!! Now if one of them had the movies on the day thet come out then thier will be some comparison. For the new releases from those certain studios I go to the rental store to get them if I want to watch them. Netflix is THE BEST!!!!

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    John Small [visitor]

    This is a stupid comparison. Netflix has tens of thousands of movies to choose from. Redbox a couple of hundred.

    If price is the only factor worth considering, get thee to the library. Free is better than Redbox.

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    Joe Schmuck [visitor]

    Is NCR having second thoughts ?

    NCR at Kiosk Crossroads?

    By : Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 28 Jul 2010
    egruenwedel@questex.com

    With nearly two-thirds of its planned 10,000 Blockbuster Express rental kiosks allocated, NCR Corp. appears uncertain whether to increase the install base or focus on alternative distribution channels for home entertainment.

    Duluth, Ga.-based NCR is funding the rollout and fulfillment (acquisition of DVD titles) for Express kiosks through a license deal with Dallas-based Blockbuster.

    During a financial call with investors last week, CEO Bill Nuti said he would not look beyond implementation of the remaining 3,500 Express kiosks nationwide as to whether the company would increase its involvement in DVD rental kiosks or related entertainment.

    “The hurdle rates get higher over time from our perspective because we do feel strongly that other channels to market going forward might be better investments for the company,” Nuti said. “But we’re not going to make that determination until we get towards the end this year. Right now, we’ve got to get 10,000 done and 10,000 put in the right places.”

    Indeed, NCR is deploying 100 to 200 Express kiosks on a weekly basis, with an emphasis on retail location rather than market penetration. Industry leader Redbox has deployed more than 22,000 kiosks with plans to deploy another 3,000 units.

    “If we wanted to, we could ramp up faster, but right now it’s about making smart choices on deployment,” Nuti said.

    In the quarter, NCR rolled out Express kiosks — many replacing non-renewed Redbox units — at more than 300 Kwik Trip convenience stores in the Midwest, 105 Tom Thumb and Randalls locations in Texas, 80 Xtra Mart stores in the Northeast and 100 Mapco Express locations in the South.

    NCR said it expects to generate pre-tax earnings (EBITDA) on Express kiosks by the fourth quarter, in addition to $25 million to $35 million EBITDA in 2011.

    Nuti said he expects negotiations with studios regarding revenue-sharing agreements to conclude this summer, and would likely not preclude 28-day delays (windows).
    CFO Bob Fishman said distribution agreements with studios involve more than windows, including factoring in technology costs and sellthrough initiatives such as downloads.

    “We are looking at the total automated retail offering in the industry, and what does a retail store look like in the future versus what does it look like today?” Fishman said. “That’s why it includes more than just rental.”

    Specifically, NCR is exploring expanding distribution of digital content via streaming, a channel currently controlled by Netflix, with Redbox eyeing a streaming initiative in the fourth quarter. The company said it would likely commence alternative distribution channels (including securing content digital rights) through the Blockbuster brand.

    “We’re looking at the core investments of what it is we need to do to deliver it into a portable format,” said EVP John Bruno. “Then we will make investments as we see the market unfold. We see that’s going to be a market that’s going to continue to grow and have pretty deep technical demands.”

    Nuti said he expects Express kiosks would continue should Blockbuster file for bankruptcy, saying NCR would maintain its business strategy with whoever emerged as holder of Blockbuster’s assets.

    The executives’ comments were made before this week’s departure of Alex Camara, SVP and GM of NCR Entertainment.

    Edward Woo, analyst with Wedbush Morgan Securities in Los Angeles, said apprehensive comments from NCR executives regarding the DVD kiosk business have been ongoing.

    “Replacing their entertainment division head indicates they are not bullish (like Redbox), and it may be a signal that they are going to significantly slow down DVD investment in 2011,” Woo said.

    NCR Entertainment contributed to NCR’s Americas segment generating $117 million in second-quarter (ended June 30) operating income, up 17% from operating income of $100 million during the previous-year period. The segment posted revenue of $515 million, compared with revenue of $505 million last year.

    Overall, NCR reported income of $31 million, compared with income of $23 million last year, on revenue of nearly $1.2 billion, up from revenue of more than $1.1 billion last year.

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    starfire008

    Our netflix avg cost per movie works out to 70 cents per movie (without streaming). It would be lower if we started watching a lot of streamed content. Since we have to wait a month anyway for many new films, we are getting more new films from Netflix and only use redbox occasionally. Blockbuster Express is useless in my area because inexplicably, they never have anything newer than six months old available.

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    starman15317

    I never rent new movies from Netflix, unless they aren’t in Redbox. I never rent any movies that are at my local library on Netflix. I don’t see the point. I have hundreds of other things on my queue already

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    darlindevil

    I feel netflix is better. With Redbox you have to pay extra if you didn’t watch the movie that night. Netflix let’s you keep the movie as long as you want. I agree with Wesly about wanting to see older movies or shows. Redbox does not have older titles. I get the 3 at a time plan on netflix. I always have something to watch when there is nothing on tv. The turn around time when sending back movies is quick also. So i can have at least 12 movies a month with no late fees.

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    seagreen

    i use both and they both have great value. with netflix, i have access to hundreds of streaming movies and shows and i use the 4 a month plan. i get a lot of movies. but i still rent from Redbox several times a month, as well. it’s worth it to be able to decide i want something that day and just pick it up. neflix has a quick turnaround time, but if i just suddenly decide i’m in the mood for something, or want the new release on the day it comes out, my best bet is Redbox.