BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Since the advent of the VCR, movie rentals have been big business. However, as technology has changed the way that people accessed those rentals has evolved. Now it looks like we may be on the verge of another major change in the industry.
In most businesses, the occasional price increase is expected. In the bargain business, however, even the slightest uptick in prices can cause serious customer blowback. It happens every time the fast food places adjust their $1 menus, and if Redbox isn’t careful, it might just happen to the discount rental kiosk pioneer.
If Redbox were a contest, Melissa McCarthy would be the winner of 2013. McCarthy is the common denominator among the top two movies on Redbox’s Top 10 movie rentals of 2013. Identity Thief and The Heat top the list, with World War Z and Flight coming in third and fourth respectively.
Warners' current solution is the movie-storage service UltraViolet, combined with the social network Flixster, which Warners bought for $75 million last May. The service is free; when you buy a physical Blu-ray/DVD copy of a movie, it will include a code that allows you to claim a digital copy of the movie, accessible via the UltraViolet service. The goal there is for UltraViolet to allow you to watch that digital copy via any computer, mobile device, or net-connected TV.
Redbox, the popular video rental service that helped take a bite out of Blockbuster, is gearing up to raise its prices. The 20% price hike will bring the per night rental cost of a DVD from a clean $1.00 to a whopping $1.20 in order to account for increased operational costs, mostly from debit card fees, to keep the business profitable.
DVD rental company Redbox has decided to yank the box art for Deadline from their kiosks nationwide. The image feature’s Brittany Murphy’s character lying lifeless in a bathtub.