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August 27, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2007 | Steve Hymon
Boats for the lakes in MacArthur and Echo parks will be available for rental again starting Saturday. The boats were discontinued after Labor Day because the Department of Recreation and Parks lacked money for the service, Councilmen Eric Garcetti and Ed Reyes said Thursday. They said funds had been found to keep the boats available through June. Rentals will be available throughout the winter on weekends and holidays from noon to 4:30 p.m. -- -- Steve Hymon
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
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.
TRAVEL
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.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2009 | Ben Fritz
Warner Bros. is setting its sights on Redbox and Netflix amid the latest sign that consumers are abandoning retail DVD stores in favor of the fast-growing rental kiosks and mail subscription companies. The Time Warner-owned studio on Thursday joined 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures in announcing that it would not provide movies to leading kiosk operator Redbox until 28 days after they go on sale. In a surprising move that hasn't yet been made by any of its competitors, Warner said it would impose the same restriction on Netflix and other DVD-by-mail subscription providers unless they agreed to "a day-and-date revenue sharing option."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 1994 | Robert Levine
Many fans of B-movies will probably flock to Tim Burton's quirky "Ed Wood" when it opens Wednesday, but those whose appetites are whetted for the real thing will find that seeing Wood's actual films will prove a bit more difficult.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2006 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
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.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 1990 | DENNIS HUNT
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.
BUSINESS
September 2, 1988 | Wm. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
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.
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