Redbox and Verizon Partner to Offer Internet Streaming

In an attempt to ensure that theay aren't lef tbehind in the digital content stakes  Redbox and Verizon are partnering up and hoping to steal a march on Netflix, the encumbent market leader for streaming video and DVDs.  Netflix offers both whereas Redbox only had DVDs that one has to drive to get.  So very [...]

Subscription-based Redbox Streaming Movie Service Coming Soon

Look out Netflix! Redbox's President, Mitch Lowe, told analysts yesterday that Redbox is working on a subscription-based streaming movie service that will provide members access to movies via the Internet, across a variety of devices, or through their retail kiosks. This model is a departure from Redbox's $1 a night DVD movie (and game... at some locations) [...]

Redbox Renting Some DVDs on the Same Day of Their Release

Remember how Blockbuster likes to boast that they get DVDs 28 days before Netflix or Redbox? Well, that's not entirely accurate anymore (or never really was). I have a Redbox just down the street from me, which is convenient if I want to watch something relatively new on DVD or Blu-ray on the cheap. I noticed [...]

Blockbuster Still Has the 28 Day Advantage In-store, by Mail, and On-demand for New Movie Releases, Despite What’s Being Reported

I almost fell for the news, from sites like Gizmodo and Fast Company, that Blockbuster got bumped down to waiting for new movie releases 28 days later like everyone else (i.e. Netflix, Redbox, etc.). Turns out, if one reads the original news report or the press release, NCR, the operator of the Blockbuster Express kiosks has [...]

Public Libraries Loan Out More Movies Than Big Chain DVD Rental Services, according to a 2010 Report

This is kind of surprising. A recent report, dubbed How libraries stack up: 2010 [PDF], by OCLC found that U.S. public libraries loan out 2.1 million videos every day. In contrast, according to the Hartford Courant, Netflix ships around 2 million DVDs, Redbox 1.4 million, and Blockbuster 1.2 million. The rise in popularity of [...]

Redbox Considers Tapping RoxioNow for Streaming Video Rentals

$1 DVD rental service, Rebox, is considering tapping Sonic Solutions' RoxioNow platform to bring streaming video rentals to customers, according to President Mitch Lowe. If done, Lowe tells Bloomberg, it would help the company expand its existing 200 title library found presently in its kiosks. In fact, partnering with Sonic Solutions would bring the company's [...]

Possible Winning Combo: OTA HDTV + Hulu Plus + Blockbuster/VUDU

Like many of you I was pleased to hear the news that Hulu unveiled their Hulu Plus offering today. Now I'm wondering if it's actually something I'd be interested in paying for. Luckily, NewTeeVee did the leg work for us in comparing Hulu Plus with Netflix's instant streaming collection. According to the site, Hulu's biggest [...]