The days of the multi-day movie rental are officially over.
Blockbuster announced Friday that it is switching to single-day pricing in a bid to better challenge its fast-growing rival Redbox. It's the first significant change at the struggling rental and retail chain since it was acquired by Dish Network Corp. in April for $320 million and a longtime executive of the satellite broadcaster was put in charge.
The first day of rental will cost $2.99 for new releases and $1.99 for older films. All movies will cost 99 cents for additional days. Redbox charges 99 cents for rentals every day, including the first.
Previously, Blockbuster, the nation's only remaining retail movie rental chain, charged $4.99 for a three-day rental.
By charging more for the first day, Blockbuster will be able to maintain what has been its one significant advantage over Redbox and its other larger rival, Netflix: New releases from major studios available to rent the same day they go on sale.