August 30, 2000 |
Running out of options to secure its future, the nation's largest video rental company has decided to sleep with the enemy. Blockbuster Inc. is joining forces with the very pay-per-view and video-on-demand outfits expected to obsolete the Dallas-based company. In a massive redesign, Blockbuster hopes to turn its 7,300 video stores worldwide, 5,000 of them in the United States, into home entertainment supermarkets.
August 23, 1991 |
Those so-called revolutionary "limited-play" cassettes may have a limited life. They're being tested in the Sacramento area and, so far, according to a spot survey, are flunking. The cassettes are less expensive for retailers to purchase than regular tapes because they are equipped with a mechanism to erase the movie after 25 plays.
September 9, 1988 |
There was a lot of media hoopla last week about a plan that will enable owners of home-satellite dishes to "rent" videos without going to the video store. Well, maybe not a lot of hoopla compared to something like the did-Dan Quayle-dodge-the-draft issue, but good news--or any news--about the beleaguered home-satellite industry is rare these days, and very welcome in the 2 million homes with one of those dishes sitting in the back yard.
May 26, 1998 |
Silver Lake firefighter Dane Jackson got a piece of sage advice from a captain in his first year on the job. It had nothing to do with putting out blazes. The advice was about real estate. "Buy property," the older man said. "Forget the boats and motorcycles other guys your age are buying." Jackson took that advice and went on to purchase several houses during the last 17 years. Half of his friends in the Los Angeles Fire Department also bought rental property, he estimates.
June 24, 1988 |
One would think the "collision damage waivers" in rental car contracts were insignificant--a few bucks here, a few there on top of the main charge. But years have been spent challenging this tangential fee, and state legislatures, insurance departments and attorneys general are now attacking it in various ways. Indeed, the National Assn.
September 23, 2002 |
In its latest move to generate revenue outside online advertising, Internet portal Yahoo Inc. is launching a rental service that allows users to download and play video games on demand. Unlike other Internet gaming sites, the Yahoo service offers well-known titles that run as if the CD-ROM were bought at a store and popped into the personal computer, said Daniel Hart, Yahoo's senior director of games and entertainment.
March 5, 1995
An alleged rent-skimming scheme under investigation by federal authorities has featured massive property transfers to people who have just filed for bankruptcy. Authorities say participants get deeds to properties in foreclosure by promising homeowners to make their loans current or renegotiate with the lender. Instead, the scammers allegedly rent the homes and delay foreclosure by putting fractional shares of the properties in the names of people in bankruptcy, or about to file.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1993 |
The City Council this week postponed a decision on the new rental policy for a popular community center after residents argued that it was still too lax. The council said it would reconsider the new policy for the Cypress Community Center after the Recreation and Community Services Commission reviews it. The commission is scheduled to discuss the proposal Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the center, 5700 Orange Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1992 |
The City Council has approved a law--the first of its kind in the county--that will mandate annual inspections of rental housing in two city neighborhoods. The inspections will be required at 80 rental housing properties and 348 units along the 300 and 400 blocks of both West Valencia Drive and West Avenue and along the 2300 block of West Baker Avenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1997 |
Just days after the grand opening of the city's new jail, the City Council on Tuesday will consider two proposals to boost city coffers by renting out vacant cells. One plan would allow the Orange County Probation Dept. to operate the city's 48-cell temporary jail, which is being vacated, and rent 64 spaces in the new city jail. All 112 spaces would be used for juveniles, Santa Ana jail administrator Russell M. Davis said. Officials said the proposal could bring the city as much as $1.