August 20, 2009 |
Redbox has sued Warner Home Video, its third such lawsuit against a Hollywood studio for trying to delay distribution of newly released DVDs to the operator of $1 movie rental kiosks. The suit filed Tuesday takes issue with new distribution terms imposed by Warner Home Video that would prohibit kiosk operators like Redbox from obtaining new DVD releases for 28 days after they go on sale. Time Warner Inc.-owned Warner Bros. adopted a policy for its home video unit similar to that imposed by 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, which also prompted Redbox to bring civil suits.
August 18, 2009 |
As Yogi Berra would say: Yikes, it's dÃ©jÃ 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.
August 13, 2009 |
Redbox continued its battle with Hollywood studios, suing 20th Century Fox over its attempts to keep the vending machine operator from offering newly released DVDs for $1 a night. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Delaware, accuses Fox of using its power to "unlawfully coerce" distributors of its DVDs to withhold the release of new titles for 30 days from the initial release date. The suit alleges that such actions constitute an abuse of Fox's copyright and "naked restraint of trade."
August 12, 2009 |
The battle lines over Redbox continue to be drawn in Hollywood, as Lions Gate Entertainment on Wednesday came down in favor of the controversial $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk company. The independent studio, known for its low-budget Tyler Perry comedies and "Saw" horror pictures, has signed a five-year deal to provide movies to Redbox on the same day they go on sale. In a regulatory filing, Redbox's parent company, Coinstar Inc., estimated it will pay Lions Gate $158 million over the term of the deal.
July 30, 2009 |
Movie studio executives don't hate Redbox -- they just think it's the equivalent of that dingy movie theater where you can catch 4-month-old movies for a buck. That's the widening consensus among executives in Hollywood as they search for a strategy to deal with the fast-growing DVD kiosk company that rents movies for $1 per night.
July 23, 2009 |
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's new licensing deal with Redbox Automated Retail -- operator of those bright-red $1 DVD rental kiosks in grocery and convenience stores -- adds up to some serious coin. Sony stands to collect about $460 million over the term of the five-year agreement, which extends through September 2014, according to regulatory filings.