April 30, 2013
Director Quentin Tarantino's fiery slave-revenge story “Django Unchained” broke out atop the DVD and Blu-ray sales and rentals charts, knocking holdovers “The Bible” and “Life of Pi” off their perches. Here are the top titles for the week that ended April 20 for sales and April 21 for rentals, according to Rentrak. TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1. “Django Unchained” | Anchor Bay/Starz | Week 1 2. “The Bible (The Epic Miniseries)” | Fox | Week 3 3. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” | Warner Bros.
March 30, 2009 |
The hottest thing in movie rentals is as old as the Coke machine -- and just as red. Redbox movie kiosks are popping up by the thousands in supermarkets, drugstores, restaurants and convenience stores around the country. The kiosks stock DVDs that rent for $1 a day, a remainder-bin price that is less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
October 23, 2009 |
For those who like renting movies, Hollywood may soon have a message: Prepare to wait. In an effort to push consumers toward buying more movies, some major film studios are considering a new policy that would block DVDs from being offered for rental until several weeks after going on sale. Under the plan, new DVD releases would be available on a purchase-only basis for a few weeks, after which time companies such as Blockbuster Inc. and Netflix Inc. would be allowed to rent the DVDs to their customers.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2007 |
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
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.
August 14, 2009 |
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."
September 25, 1994 |
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.