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Time magazine has run an article calling Redbox “one of the Great Recession’s great success stories”. The piece, which is definitely worth a read, gives a brief history of the kiosk renter and discusses Redbox’s phenomenal growth last year as it installed one new kiosk every hour.

“Consumers know they’re still getting quite a deal . . . I mean, it’s a dollar. People will find something they want to watch. It’s not like they’re going to walk across the parking lot to a Blockbuster.”
The Time columnist, Brad Tuttle, and his wife performed an informal experiment with popular new release The Hangover after they tired of the long wait time for it in their Netflix queue. After a few weeks of checking local Redbox kiosks, they found the title in stock and removed it from their queue.
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Based on this (admittedly unscientific) finding, Tuttle recommends using Redbox to obtain popular new releases and relying on Netflix for lesser-known catalog titles. The local library is also mentioned as an option.
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Insiders, how many of you use Tuttle’s formula and make use of both Redbox and Netflix? Do you see the two movie renters more as competitors or are they complementary services for savvy renters? Tell us what you think in the comments.

(via Time)

7 Responses to “‘Time’ Magazine: Use Redbox for Popular Titles, Netflix for Others”

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    SapphireIsle [sapphireisle]

    I use Redbox for new release movies, Netflix for newer tv shows and older release movies, and the local library for older released tv shows and obscure movies (sometimes Netflix doesn’t carry a movie for various reasons like a vaulted Disney movie but the library has a copy).

    I just cannot afford to buy dvds like I once did, so I go through any rental channel I can before choosing to buy a dvd these days.

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    Steve [visitor]

    I get most of my movies from the library and occasionally supplement with RedBox.

    If I didn’t have a great library system, I would probably get Netflix. Redbox is definitely not a replacement for Netflix – they just don’t have the breadth of titles I want to watch. I would probably go to the Redbox about as often as I do now, but it depends on how long I had to wait for new releases.

    If both Redbox and Netflix were operating under the same new-release-delay imposed by the studios, I would wait the 28 days or whatnot. I rarely go to the theater and to me, an extra month is just not that big a deal. In fact I typically wait 6 months or more on the waiting list at the library – if 6 months isn’t worth one dollar to me, 1 month definitely isn’t worth the $4-5 that Blockbuster and other obsolete channels charge.

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    angry jerry [visitor]

    i use this system and it works great for me.i use redbox for new releases and netflix for
    tv shows and older titles

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    JohnCVermont [visitor]

    I have used the aforementioned formula for years now & love it. I use Redbox for new releases and “impulsive” viewing & use Netflix for watching episodic TV series & hard to find titles. As mentioned above, I can & will wait for the title to hit Redbox or Netflix. It just isn’t worth it for most movies. Apple TV or other downloadable pay-per-view content? Forget it… $2/episode? I don’t think so. I can wait the 28 or whatever days.

    yes, I use the local libraries for documentary, arty films, etc. Library are turning into a great resource. If I start using a lot of videos from the library, I always make sure to contribute something during their respective fund raising, in fact, about a $1 a title…just like Redbox…I want to keep the good times rolling.

    If there was a RedBox within bicycling distance, I would use it more often.

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    Tony Wagner [visitor]

    I have had Netflix for several years I find a lot of lesser known titles there that are not carried elseware however Redbox is great for the newest releases on the day of release I just wish they would be more honest as to when they are going to have a title avalible. I can’t count the number of times I did not order from netflix thinking redbox would have it and only see a out of stock message reather than a [avalible on m/d/y] message.

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    Carole [visitor]

    I think they compliment eachother. We use both redbox and netflix and love them both. We get older movies and shows through netflix that you couldn’t readily find at a redbox and get newer titles from the redbox, if they are there.
    Waiting a month or more isn’t an issue, so the Warner Bros. deal doesn’t matter to us.

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    Great and useful post!.