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Attention prospective students: the staggering tuition at Drexel might just be worth it. The university recently introduced a 24-hour, self-service vending machine located in the W. W. Hagerty Library that will dispense MacBooks for use by students, faculty and staff. Drexel is the third university on the East Coast to introduce the kiosk, which holds up to 12 MacBooks that could be checked out free by anyone with a Drexel ID for five hours. Essentially, it's a 24-hour machine that'll pop out a machine to get last-minute assignments done when crunch time approaches. Omer Hashmi, a student, actually requested that something of the sort be installed, and lo and behold, a wish was granted. "Hashmi... Read more...
The movie rental market couldn't be hotter. From digital distribution to Redbox, it's a booming market, and movie studios are still struggling to figure out how to best approach the growth. Redbox and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have inked a new multi-year agreement to bring Warner Bros.' Blu-ray Disc and DVD titles to Redbox kiosks 28 days after their retail release dates. That's a big deal for movie lovers, who probably figured they were going to have to wait a lot longer to see discs hit their local Redbox. Previously, the gap between shipping to places like Walmart and hitting kiosks from Redbox was over 50 days. In addition, Redbox announced plans to join the Digital Entertainment Content... Read more...
If your plans for this holiday weekend include watching a movie with loved ones, you may not have to go far to find a hit movie that the whole family can enjoy. Thanks to a new partnership between Disney and YouTube, you can now rent titles through the Google-owned streaming service. The first of hundreds of Disney, Disney-Pixar, and DreamWorks movies are already available. Movie rental prices start at $0.99 for a 24 hour pass. There are plenty of options, ranging from classics to animated hits to adventure movies, including Alice in Wonderland, Cars, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.      Welcoming your favorite Disney movies to rent on YouTube Today, the first... Read more...
Bad news for those who love movies and love saving money. In the wake of both Netflix and Redbox raising rates, even Blockbuster can't resist. At this point, it's hard to ignore that the root cause has to be the studios -- Blockbuster is in no position to hike up rates at a time when it could use every ounce of market share it could muster. Blockbuster has just announced that their rental kiosks will soon slip out hot new movies for $3, a 3x price increase from before. "Recent" releases will rent for $2/night, while all other (i.e. older) movies will rent for $1/night. The silver lining is that even the more expensive options are $1/night following the initial night. Has anyone told you lately... Read more...
Redbox, the DVD rental box service that's sweeping the nation, has just reached 1.5 billion DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals. That's a pretty staggering number. The company launched their service in 2004, which means it only took 7 years to reach the milestone. Furthermore, they've also rented over 4 million video games during the period. 1.5 billion rentals x ~$1 each… well, that's not a bad stack of cash to have rolling in. To celebrate, the company is launching 5000 more kiosks starting today, and with those in the rotation, they'll have a whopping 27,000 kiosks across the U.S. Any guesses as to how long it'll take for the company to hit the next 1.5 billion?... Read more...
This summer, you’ll be able to visit your local Redbox to get your hands on some of the latest video game titles. Beginning June 17, 2011, Redbox will offer Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii titles at more than 21,000 Redbox locations nationwide. Top video games will be available for $2 a day. As you may recall, Redbox began offering video game rentals at select locations back in August 2009. At the 5,000 locations that currently offer video game titles, Redbox has enjoyed great success. According to Redbox, the video game titles will range from top releases to popular family and kids titles. Game On! Redbox Announces It Will Offer Video Game Rentals Nationwide This June OAKBROOK... Read more...
Judging by the success of iTunes, which has leaped past Walmart as being the largest seller of music in the United States now, it's pretty clear that the future of music buying is online, or at least not the traditional CD. But now companies are emerging to challenge iTunes and other online sales outlets, like MOD Systems. This company has had movie rental kiosks in airports and Blockbuster B&M locations for over a year, and their latest project involves similar kiosks, but for music (and for music, it's sales, not rentals). The roll-out is starting in New Jersey and New York, with the Download2Go digital music stations enabling customers to purchase songs and albums DRM-free onto a variety... Read more...
Redbox is known as the DVD kiosk company. It's the company that has taken the world by storm by placing a seemingly endless amount of red DVD rental boxes in grocery stores, supermarkets and Walmart locations. They have most likely led to the further decline of Blockbuster sales, and they're arguably quicker and better than Netflix when it comes to need-it-now rentals. Netflix still has a much wider array of DVD choices, but you have to wait on the mail to deliver it; Redbox generally has a lot of newer releases, and they're all waiting in a nearby box for just $1 per night. But the technology world is moving quickly, and physical DVDs are in risk of being pushed aside in favor of movie streaming.... Read more...
Redbox. Just saying the name brings a smile to most faces, particularly those movie lovers with a box or two nearby. We have heard in the past that the company is planning to compete with Netflix and is still in a "beta phase" when it comes to pricing, but now we're learning that Redbox is going Blue. Or, we should say "Blu." The company made famous for putting $1/night DVD kiosks into grocery stores, Walmart stores and just about any other retail location where they were allowed has just expanded their services in a big way. Since launch, Redbox has been allowing consumers to pick up standard DVDs for around $1 per night, even expanding the renting service online and allowing users to reserve... Read more...
Start-up companies who suddenly find themselves taking off are in an interesting position: maintain the status quo, or attempt to squeeze more out of their business model. Redbox is one of those services, and with 25,000 DVD kiosks now in service around America, things are reaching a critical mass. Thus far, the company has largely generated support by offering nightly DVD rentals at just $1/night, with online reservations making things even easier for consumers. Recently, we heard that Redbox was considering a low-cost video streaming service, something that would more directly compete with Netflix's wildly popular "Watch Instantly" streaming feature, which is now available on Nintendo's Wii,... Read more...
If it isn't Netflix making the news, it's Redbox. The go-to red DVD rental kiosk company is hitting it really big of late, and maybe too big. Essentially, this is the Netflix alternative when you just don't have time to wait a day or two for your newest movie to arrive, and the ease and low price associated with renting versus buying obviously has some suits at movie studios up in arms. Recently, Netflix agreed to wait 28 days after a Warner Bros. DVDs shelf release before renting it out. This basically forces consumers to buy the DVD if they want it right away; otherwise, they'll have to wait a month to see it via Netflix. We can understand this logic if you're Warner Bros., but this definitely... Read more...
YouTube is beginning to roll out a new movie rental service, albeit in a fairly small fashion. Currently, YouTube is offering five titles from independent filmmakers. The five titles will be available through the end of this year's Sundance Film Festival. Although YouTube's new offering doesn't begin to compete with other online rental services such as Netflix which offers thousands of films, YouTube plans to offer more movies at some point. Furthermore, the move represents a significant shift for the online video site which has traditionally thrived by offering free video clips and earning money primarily from advertising revenue. YouTube also currently offers some older, full-length movies... Read more...
A very interesting new report at the Wall Street Journal has thrown a huge assumption from 2009 in the face of itself. If you'll remember, many entertainment analysts said that consumers could be spending more time in front of the television (instead of at the box office) during 2009 as they struggled to curtail entertainment spending in the face of the recession. It all made sense--consumers looking to cut back would be likely to stay at home on a Friday night and watch something on ABC instead of shelling out $15 per ticket (in large cities, anyway) at the cinema. In fact, that's exactly what didn't happen. 2009 marked the first year since 2002 that U.S. consumers spent more money buying movie... Read more...
Redbox. It's a name that is now linked directly to one-night DVD rentals on the cheap, and as if Netflix had not done enough already to put a kink in Blockbuster's business model, Redbox has all but destroyed it. These famously red boxes are now littered about at Walmart locales, grocery stores and other shopping complexes, and they allow consumers to rent DVDs (and even video games) for just a buck a night. It's quick, easy and requires no interaction with people.Earlier this year the company declared that it was about to rent out its half-billionth DVD, and now that 2009 is drawing to a close, the company has pushed out some other (albeit equally stunning) statistics. During 2009 alone, over... Read more...
We know the whole "There's An App For That!" campaign is getting stale, but you know what? It's pretty accurate. For almost any scenario you can dream up, the App Store has an app for what you need to accomplish. It may not be free or full-featured, but you can get almost any kind of web-based action you need from Apple's software market. You know what else you can soon do via iPhone or iPod touch? Book a car rental, and we're not talking about by reserving a vehicle via Mobile Safari. Major car company Hertz is planning an overhaul of its image in the near future, and one of the major things it plans to streamline is the reservation process. That includes, of course, providing a mobile application... Read more...
There's little doubt that media buying is changing. iTunes is selling more and more singles while physical disc sales dwindle. GameStop is hiring executives to manage digital aspects of business. And Redbox is dabbling in video games after years of sticking to DVDs and Blu-ray Discs alone.You heard that right--the famous red box that somehow manages to steal a dollar or two each time your visit the supermarket is about to snag even more from your thinning wallet. Starting in Reno, Nevada, Redbox is evidently planning to fire up a test run on video game sales, using the same basic principles that folks are now used to with its DVD boxes. You just pop $2 in (versus $1 for movies), select your video... Read more...
Whatever you can do, I can do better. That's the saying that Samsung and Blockbuster have evidently taken to heart, as the tandem has joined up to match Sony and Netflix's streaming announcement with one of their own. The Blockbuster movie services are slated to go live this fall, the same time in which Sony BRAVIA TVs will be able to stream Netflix movies if they're of the Internet-connected variety. This deal involves a far less popular alternative in Blockbuster, but the premise remains the same. Starting in a few months, owners of Samsung HDTVs, home theater systems and Blu-ray players will be able to watch Blockbuster OnDemand movies from the comfort of their home, provided they have a broadband... Read more...
Netflix has announced a new shipping procedure which if the movie you’ve requested isn’t available from your local distribution center, may net you a freebie in the form of the next highest up movie in your queue. Netflix says they have 55 shipping centers across the country, so if your choice is not available in your local shipping center, they'll send it from another, and to make up for the inconvenience of a shipping delay, send you a freebie as well. When we say freebie, what we mean is it does not count against your monthly allotment. Netflix's original blog post is a bit fuzzy on the matter, but they cleared it up in the comments (emphasis mine): Now, if your first choice is not available... Read more...
Vudu might be on to something with its new promotion: "Stay in. Rent four movies for the price of 1 gallon gas!" At today's prices for movie tickets, concession snacks, and the cost of gas for getting to and from the theater, a family of four could easily spend upwards of a $100 for a night out at the movies. Staying at home and watching movie rentals means you'll miss out on the latest releases, but a quick gander at Vudu's catalog shows that its rental offerings include many A-list titles, including some films that were recently in the theaters. Vudu is a video on-demand streaming service that streams movies over a broadband Internet connection to a $299 Vudu Box device connected to your TV.... Read more...
Despite Apple's promise of 1000 movies available for rental by the end of January, iTunes has less than half of that available in the start of March.  The good news is that of the 384 available movies 91 of those are supposedly high-definition.  The bad news?  Not all of those 91 titles would really measure up to what most would consider a true high-definition viewing experience.Some HD titles lack Dolby 5.1 and others are simply older movies that were probably upscaled and are not really providing the true HD experience.“Some of these HD movies, such as the Kirk Douglas movie Lust for Life, date back as early as 1956 and predate most modern filmmaking techniques. Other movies,... Read more...
Gizmodo thought they had come up with a way to fool iTunes into giving them an extended video rental.  They tried mucking with the system clock when downloading the video.  Oops, they were wrong.Alright so it appears to no longer work. Here's what happened on our end. Before, we had set our computer date to 2009, and started playing Ratatouille (and Benny started playing The Simpsons) to start the 24-hour timer in 2009. Came back to 2008, everything was gravy. We go to play it again just a few minutes ago, and it tries to connect to iTunes, and then gives us a 5103 error. Benny gets the same deal. So we delete the busted file and try a fresh download, this time with our computer dated... Read more...
In recent years Apple has “accidentally” revealed upcoming products and services on a fairly regular basis.  They do this either in their on-line store, or sometimes just in parts of their own software that aren't unlocked until a revision comes out.That would seem to be the case with the new iTunes movie rental service: “Movie rentals could be coming to the iTunes Store, if an apparent slip-up by Apple is any indication. Mac developer David Watanabe uploaded a screenshot depicting an iTunes problem reporting system which has options for requesting a refund due to non-delivery of rental movies. The other options for reporting issues with the as yet unannounced -- but rumored -- rental movie... Read more...
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