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December 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Redbox Instant by Verizon will debut by the end of the year with four DVD rentals a month and a small library of streaming movies for the same fee as Netflix. The launch plans for the subscription video joint venture between the kiosk rental company and the telecom giant were detailed for the first time Wednesday, including a price of $8 per month. The service will debut in public beta later this month, the company said, missing its previously stated goal to be completely available by the end of 2012.
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November 8, 2013
Re "End of Blockbuster near," Business, Nov. 7 When I rented VHS movies from Blockbuster, the cartridges carried funny reminders telling customers to rewind their tapes. They included: "To play is human. To rewind is divine!," "Be a friend. Rewind when you reach the end," and "Just to remind, please rewind. Thanks. The end. " Blockbuster had been struggling in the DVD and video-game rental business thanks to the growth of Redbox and Internet-streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Netflix is joining Redbox in defying Walt Disney Studios' attempt to stop DVD rentals for four weeks after the discs go on sale. Disney recently decided not to provide its discs to the nation's largest rental companies until 28 days after they hit store shelves, adopting a policy similar to those of 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. (Warner's so-called "window" is even longer: 56 days). The studios believe the delay can help boost home entertainment revenue by steering consumers toward more profitable DVD purchases and video-on-demand rentals.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Investors have been battering the company that owns the Redbox DVD kiosks after the company cut its forecast for third-quarter and full-year earnings because customers are keeping movies fewer days. Outerwall Inc. shares are down 13% from Monday's close and have lost 26% since reaching a 52-week high on July 25. The company, which also operates Coinstar coin-counting kiosks, said Tuesday that its revenue has been lower than expected because of a promotional discount campaign and because people kept movies for fewer nights in August.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Redbox made good on its promise back in April to roll out video game rentals across its network of kiosks, announcing that 21,000 of its 27,000 kiosks nationwide will offer a mix of games and movies starting Friday. The company, which has rented more than 1 billion movies since introducing its service in 2003, had been testing game rentals for two years at 5,000 of its kiosks. It found that the average revenue of kiosks that rented games as well as movies was 10% to 15% higher than machines that rented only movies.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
They should just call it Bluebox and really have at it. NCR Corp., which is expanding aggressively in the DVD kiosk business via a partnership with Blockbuster Inc., has acquired competitor DVDPlay in a bid to catch up with market leader Redbox Automated Retail. NCR, which manufacturers self-service retail devices such as ATMs and grocery-store checkout devices, will put the Blockbuster brand name on its $1-a-night-DVD kiosks via a partnership with the struggling home video chain.
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
December 4, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
Redbox is having trouble stocking DVDs from the three studios it is battling in court -- 20th Century Fox, Universal and Warner Bros. -- and is blaming retailers for the problem. However, two of the three major chains that the fast-growing $1-per-night DVD kiosk company named, Best Buy Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., denied the charge. Redbox made the allegation in amended versions of its lawsuits filed this week against Fox and Warner. The Fox complaint accuses the studio of "unfair competition" in forcing retailers, in an effort aimed at Redbox, to restrict the number of DVDs that any individual can purchase.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
After the coffee. Before wishing I had submitted as a comedy instead of a drama. The Skinny: I didn't watch the 12/12/12 concert last night but I know a lot of you did because I got more than my share of live snarking on Twitter and Facebook. Lesson learned: Stay offline during popular cultural events. Today's news includes the Golden Globe nominations, Redbox Instant taking on Netflix, and an analysis of which studios actually still make movies. Daily Dose : Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles are getting new channels including BBC World News and Aspire, the cable network being launched by Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2009 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
As Yogi Berra would say: Yikes, it's déjà vu all over again. In recent days, my newspaper has been chock-full of stories about the latest round of legal battles between the Hollywood studios and Redbox, the upstart $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk company. My colleague Ben Fritz has done a wonderful job of chronicling all the fussing and fighting, having reported on how three of Hollywood's biggest studios -- 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal -- are refusing to provide DVDs to Redbox until at least 28 days after they go on sale.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The prospects of finding a distributor for a $220,000 movie, produced mainly by college students at an obscure San Diego Catholic university, could hardly be worse. But about 60 students at John Paul the Great Catholic University who embarked on a quixotic class project two summers ago to make and release their own movie beat the odds. With the help of faculty members who had ties in Hollywood, the students recruited professional actors and crew members to help make their film.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Pressing its bid to cut into Netflix's market share, Redbox's streaming video service will soon be available to Roku users. Redbox Instant  by Verizon -- a joint venture by Coinstar Inc.'s Redbox and Verizon Communications Inc. that officially launched this year -- will be available on Roku's set-top devices this summer, the companies said Thursday. The companies are trying to expand the ways customers can access the service as more people watch movies and TV shows online rather than by buying or renting DVDs.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Executives for streaming video services used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to address the problem of too many confusing online movie and TV choices. The services that now dominate Internet video delivery -- Netflix, Amazon and Wal-Mart's Vudu -- offer a mixture of new and classic movies and TV shows that supplement what viewers already receive on cable or satellite TV. But the consumer can end up playing a game of "Where's Waldo?" as he or she hunts the various services to find which one offers a specific film.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
With no major new releases in the final days of 2012, "Ted" stayed on top of the DVD sales chart for the third week in a row. Meanwhile, "The Dark Knight Rises," which had been on sale for three weeks but had not been available from Redbox kiosks or Netflix, debuted on the rental chart at No. 1. Both movies have proved very popular in the home entertainment market, outpacing such other recent releases as "Total Recall," "Ice Age: Continental Drift"...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
The hit Mark Wahlberg comedy "Ted" topped the DVD sales chart for the second week in a row, easily besting two new competitors: The science-fiction flop "Total Recall" and comedy "Pitch Perfect. " Sony Pictures' "Total Recall," a remake of the 1990 adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story, was the most rented movie the week before Christmas, according to Rentrak Corp. However Universal Pictures' "Ted" and "Pitch Perfect" are not yet available to rent from outlets including Redbox and Netflix.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Eager to grow their digital cloud movie service Ultraviolet, Hollywood studios are beginning to let consumers convert their DVDs into digital copies from home. On Thursday, online movie store CinemaNow quietly launched a beta test of a new disc-to-digital service. After downloading software, consumers need only insert an eligible DVD into their computer and pay between $2 and $5 to get a copy of that movie stored in their Ultraviolet digital locker. A spokeswoman for CinemNow parent company Best Buy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Executives for streaming video services used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to address the problem of too many confusing online movie and TV choices. The services that now dominate Internet video delivery -- Netflix, Amazon and Wal-Mart's Vudu -- offer a mixture of new and classic movies and TV shows that supplement what viewers already receive on cable or satellite TV. But the consumer can end up playing a game of "Where's Waldo?" as he or she hunts the various services to find which one offers a specific film.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
After the coffee. Before wishing I had submitted as a comedy instead of a drama. The Skinny: I didn't watch the 12/12/12 concert last night but I know a lot of you did because I got more than my share of live snarking on Twitter and Facebook. Lesson learned: Stay offline during popular cultural events. Today's news includes the Golden Globe nominations, Redbox Instant taking on Netflix, and an analysis of which studios actually still make movies. Daily Dose : Time Warner Cable subscribers in Los Angeles are getting new channels including BBC World News and Aspire, the cable network being launched by Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Redbox Instant by Verizon will debut by the end of the year with four DVD rentals a month and a small library of streaming movies for the same fee as Netflix. The launch plans for the subscription video joint venture between the kiosk rental company and the telecom giant were detailed for the first time Wednesday, including a price of $8 per month. The service will debut in public beta later this month, the company said, missing its previously stated goal to be completely available by the end of 2012.
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