August 27, 2011 |
Apple Inc. has pulled the plug on its 99-cent rentals of television show episodes after making a push last year to persuade TV networks to sign on to the plan. Consumers, the company ultimately discovered, were just as willing to pay $1 or $2 more to purchase an episode — even when presented with a discounted option. "iTunes customers have shown they overwhelmingly prefer buying TV shows," Apple said in a statement Friday. The company said the introduction of the iCloud service will enable customers to store content they've purchased online, then watch it whenever they want on any Apple device.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2006 |
In an attempt to quell spats between residents and vacation renters in mountain communities, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday that requires landlords to apply for permits and submit to inspections. Landlords who rent to people for less than 30 days must pay $155 for the first inspection and $124 every other year. They also must have someone available 24 hours a day to respond to complaints.
November 29, 1992
Over the years Jerry Hulse has recommended a company called In the English Manner for rental apartments in London. We decided to head to England this past September and, after looking through the lists of two-bedroom apartments (they have lodgings from studios up to four-bedroom houses and apartments), we booked into an exquisite flat on Cornwall Gardens in South Kensington for a week. We are a family of four and we wanted a quality accommodation, but didn't want to pay $300 per night for a hotel room and have to eat all breakfasts and dinners out. This flat was only about $1,800 per week, less than half what a good hotel would cost.
March 21, 2006 |
PHILIP DELL' ISOLA is a fan of all things Irish, especially any movie with Colm Meaney in it. Even so, he was only vaguely familiar with "Intermission," an obscure Irish film that featured Meaney and a host of other great Irish actors until he noticed that a friend had recommended it on Netflix, America's favorite online movie rental site. "When I saw it, I loved it," recalls Dell' Isola, a 37-year-old marketing executive for Boating magazine who's been a Netflix subscriber for two years.
February 6, 2008 |
A lawsuit was filed over the latest effort in Farmers Branch to keep out illegal immigrants by barring home rentals to people who can't prove they are in the country legally. The suit, filed on behalf of real estate broker Guillermo Ramos, alleges the Farmers Branch City Council violated the Texas Open Meetings Act when it drafted and approved the new rule late last month.
August 10, 1990 |
The release of "The Two Jakes," the further adventures of private eye J. J. Gittes, is expected to prompt renewed interest at home-video stores in the film it follows, "Chinatown," which came out in 1974 and has been available on cassette since 1979. Many who have seen "Jakes" contend that seeing the original first will help moviegoers better understand and appreciate the new film.
September 2, 1988 |
Tired of schlepping back and forth to the video store to rent your favorite movies? A newly formed company called Touchtone Video Network Inc. thinks that it has an answer to your problems. Santa Monica-based TVN has announced what it calls a "revolutionary" new satellite-fed television programming system that will allow you to electronically "rent" videocassettes by simply dialing an AT&T 800 service number. You won't have to drive anywhere or carry anything.
November 17, 1989 |
What home video fans have always feared--clusters of commercials on cassettes--is a step closer. This time next year, you may have to fast forward through two or three ads on a rental cassette before you get to the movie. A Kansas federal court apparently opened the floodgates recently with a stunning ruling in favor of Video Broadcasting Systems, a Wichita company that has been putting local ads on rental movies for the last two years.
June 14, 1991 |
The soft rental market, a fact of life in the home-video business for the last year or so, is hurting video stores but it has also prompted a shift in focus that is benefiting consumers. Looking to increase profits, some video companies are beginning to concentrate on the sales market, which has been expanding during the rental slowdown. Companies are stepping up their cassette sales programs, offering more titles at $15--both old movies and "A" titles that are a few years old.
July 13, 1990 |
Home-video renters, brace yourselves. Paramount, the industry trend setter in pricing, just announced that "The Hunt for Red October" will be released on Oct. 25 at a wholesale price of $63, a $5 hike that translates to a $99.95 retail price. Alan Perper, Paramount's vice president of marketing, said that, for now, only the "October" price is being raised.