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ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Warner Bros. and Redbox have reached a multi-year deal that reduces the wait for new movies available through the retailer's popular red rental kiosks. The studio said it will make newly released movies available to Redbox within 28 days of the DVDs and Blu-ray discs going on sale, starting in January. Earlier this year, the Time Warner Inc.-owned studio instituted a new policy that all DVD rental outlets must wait 56 days from the time the disc goes on sale at retail outlets Wal-Mart and Best Buy until consumers can rent them.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
After successfully challenging established players Blockbuster and Netflix in the DVD business, Redbox is now going to attempt to rival one of the nation's most powerful companies: Ticketmaster. The operator of 38,500 kiosks in grocery stores, drug stores and Wal-Marts across the country launched a ticketing business Wednesday with Philadelphia as its first test market. Its second market will be Los Angeles, where the company plans to enter the ticketing business in early 2013.
NEWS
September 4, 2012
One of our favorite ways to find a last-minute discount ticket to a Vegas show is with Tix4Tonight. You've probably seen them - they're the guys with the kiosks that line both the Strip and Fremont Street. Here's how it works: Tix4Tonight sells tickets at up to half off the box office price to over 100 top Las Vegas shows every day - more than any other discount ticket broker in Las Vegas. Most tickets are sold for shows happening that day, but there are also a handful of shows Tix4Tonight sells in advance.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
We've often wondered what would happen to the pay phone -- that relic of a time before cell phone domination.  Will they disappear? Will they be kept around for those times when your cell phone has died? Will they be transformed into something more useful? One potential solution comes from New York City, which launched a pilot program Wednesday that turned some of the city's 12,000 pay phone kiosks into Wi-Fi hot spots. " We are taking an existing infrastructure and leveraging it up to provide more access to information," said Rahul Merchant, the city's chief information officer, the Associated Press reports.  The city has already converted 10 payphone kiosks in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn into Wi-Fi hot spots and more of these mini-experiments are planned for the Bronx and Staten Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
"John Carter's" journey into Redbox kiosks may be as complicated as a flight to Mars. Walt Disney Studios has decided to not sell its DVDs to any rental outlets, including Redbox, Netflix and Blockbuster, until 28 days after they go on sale. Disney previously offered its DVDs to Redbox the same day they went on sale at retail stores and online. The policy change began with the studio's release of the Japanese animation movie "The Secret World of Arrietty" on May 22, a studio spokeswoman confirmed, but has gained widespread notice this week as it is applying to the high-profile flop "John Carter.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2012 | By Steve Alexander
MINNEAPOLIS - There are a lot of screens on which to watch new movies: TV, laptop, tablet or smartphone. But until now you needed a TV signal, a disc or a movie-streaming Internet connection. Not for long. This week marks the debut of airport vending kiosks that rent or sell movies that can be watched in-flight on a Windows PC. The rental service, from Santa Monica-based Digiboo, is being introduced at a time when consumers are shifting away from movie rentals to online movie streaming.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2012 | Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Universal Pictures has decided not to join forces withWarner Bros.in that studio's war with Redbox. Universal, the studio behind "Safe House"and this weekend's animated release "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax,"on Thursday announced an extension of its deal with the DVD rental kiosk company through August 2014 that will maintain the current 28-day wait from when DVDs go on sale until consumers can rent them from Redbox. The news comes two months after rival studio Warner Bros. said it would only sell discs to Redbox if it agreed to double the length of the so-called rental "window" to 56 days.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Redbox is hooking up with Verizon Communications Inc. as part of a major step forward to compete with Netflix Inc. in both the digital and physical worlds. The company famous for its ubiquitous red DVD rentals kiosks announced Monday that it would form a joint venture with telecom giant Verizon to create an online movie subscription service. Redbox also agreed to spend up to $100 million to acquire the Blockbuster-branded DVD kiosks operated by NCR Corp., its largest competitor in that business, adding about 9,000 machines to its existing base of 35,400.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
American Airlines recently completed a radical makeover of its lobby at Los Angeles International Airport, a project that eliminated the counters that separate ticket agents from long lines of passengers. In place of counters, American Airlines installed banks of self-serve kiosks, a total of 36 machines, where passengers can check in, get boarding passes and pay for on-board extras. Although American Airlines' filed for bankruptcy in November and has called for 13,000 layoffs, airline officials say the lobby makeover was not a way to cut back on staffing.
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