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All kiosks to get Blu-ray by the fall

Many Blockbuster locations have gone out of business with the firm closing one in five of its rental locations. While traditional movie rental stores like Blockbuster appear to be on the way out, Redbox and its kiosk business is growing and looking to expand. 

Redbox added game rentals in some markets and is now adding Blu-ray rentals to the mix. Redbox announced this week that it is putting Blu-ray titles into 13,300 of its kiosks across the country. The Blu-ray titles will rent for $1.50 per night compared to the $1 per night a standard DVD rents for. Redbox plans to have Blu-ray films in all of its 23,000 kiosks by this fall.

"Offering Blu-ray rentals is an exciting opportunity for redbox to expand our product offerings and build on the relationships that we've established with millions of consumers nationwide," said Mitch Lowe, president, redbox. "Redbox is a convenient, affordable home entertainment provider and we're delighted to offer consumers their favorite movies on the increasingly popular Blu-ray Disc format." 

The Blu-ray selection is currently very limited in Redbox kiosks with the only films being "The Book of Eli," "Bounty Hunter," "Brooklyn's Finest" and "Green Zone". New Blu-ray titles will be added each week.

Redbox has setup a special section on its official site that allows users to search for Blu-ray kiosks in their area.



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Too Bad
By syphon on 7/30/2010 8:18:46 AM , Rating: 3
Redbox has been doing Blue-Ray in my area (Central Florida) for a while now. They were the same price as everything else, $1. I guess they finally decided to capitalize on it and make some more money. $1.50 still is not too bad. Blockbuster Express Kiosks charge $2 for Blue Ray.




RE: Too Bad
By quiksilvr on 7/30/2010 8:47:31 AM , Rating: 3
Here's hoping we'll see some health competition between the two.


RE: Too Bad
By therealnickdanger on 7/30/2010 9:54:32 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget Netflix. The 1 DVD-at-a-time price is $10/month, while the 1 Blu-Ray-at-a-time price is $12/month. Both plans include unlimited streaming (HD included). $2 more per month for as many Blu-Ray rentals as you can watch and return. No late fees like RedBox... but you have to wait 2 days between discs.


RE: Too Bad
By cjohnson2136 on 7/30/2010 10:48:20 AM , Rating: 3
I don't think the competition will last too much longer. My guess is the Blockbuster kiosks won't hold up against both Redbox and Netflix. Why purchase a more expensive DVD from Blockbuster kiosk if you can get the same movie cheaper at Redbox. Soon there won't be any brick and morter movie stores left it will all be either kiosk or mail order movies.


RE: Too Bad
By drycrust3 on 7/30/2010 12:13:54 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, I wondered why they even bothered getting into a scrap over a format that even then might have had a life of just 10 years. To me the lower prices are more the result of low demand and less being forced by competition.
As it is, the internet has already pushed the CD store out of the malls, and movie rental businesses will be next.


RE: Too Bad
By rburnham on 7/30/2010 1:37:06 PM , Rating: 3
I didn't even know Blockbuster had kiosks! I'll keep an eye out for them. I am still tickled pink about renting blu-rays at these kiosks. Wee!


Out of stock
By Alphafox78 on 7/30/2010 9:01:33 AM , Rating: 3
The one thing that is very annoying about redbox is when a movie is out of stock, it just vanishes from the on screen selection. you instinctively think you have missed it and end up trying to resort the movies different ways in a fruitless attempt to get the move you are so desperately desiring!!

Redbox: If its out of stock, put a red X over it or something so people know!! its ok, we know you go out of stock of items frequently, its more annoying to have to wait for the dude in front of you to realize this though!!




RE: Out of stock
By VoodooChicken on 7/30/2010 11:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
You talking about the machine or the website? Either way, I always see "OUT OF STOCK" plastered across these movies' icons (which are moved to the end of the queue). I don't have any advice for dealing with idiots in front of you though.


RE: Out of stock
By Alphafox78 on 7/30/2010 1:53:42 PM , Rating: 2
At the kiosks the movies just vanish, they dont say out of stock.


This story would be A LOT more useful
By corduroygt on 7/30/2010 3:13:40 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Redbox has setup a special section on its official site that allows users to search for Blu-ray kiosks in their area.


There is no such link at www.redbox.com, so even if there's a section, it's not advertised. A good news post would include the link for this "special section" since it's obscure and not directly accessible from the home page. DT seems to be only good for mostly irrelevant links in the body of their news posts, and good, useful ones such as this seem to be missing. Here is the link that I found via google search:

http://www.redbox.com/content.mvc/bluray




By gplracer on 8/1/2010 1:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Redbox app on my Iphone and it allows me to search all movies and then tells me which kiosks have that movie in stock in my area. I can even reserve it at the kiosk.


There goes my idea...
By tigz1218 on 7/30/2010 10:53:28 AM , Rating: 3
I was going to make a vending machine and call it BlueBox and only offer Blu-Rays lol!




About time!
By dr4gon on 7/30/2010 8:23:50 AM , Rating: 2
50% more is quite a bit, but at a $1.50 a night for HD is great (and legal!). I've always liked Redbox's concept. No sense in paying for 3+ days when you only watch it one night and can bring it back the next day.




Blockbuster Express
By dfumento on 7/30/2010 1:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
There is also Blockbuster Express:

http://blockbusterexpress.com

which I use and has many outlets in New York City (try locate on Zip 10024)

I stream Netflix for movies that I can and then I use Blockbuster express which has far, far more kiosks than Redbox in Manhattan.

Redbox has 4 kioks or so and Blockbuster at least 50 to 100 kiosks. Looks like Blockbuster is winning the battle. Not certain why Redbox is getting the publicity it does.




Manhattan
By medavid16 on 7/30/2010 1:32:15 PM , Rating: 2
I have not been to been to Manhattan as of late, but I assure you elsewhere Redbox is much more prominent than Blockbuster Express. My area alone I've seen 5 just out of casual daily life, and I have seen none maybe one if I use half an imagination of Blockbuster's take on kiosk rental. Don't get me wrong, I love Blockbuster, they've provided years of entertainment for me... but if they're transitioning to Redbox model, closing down stores, it's not a good sign.

Also, where is this link for Blu Ray availibility? I've searched on the redbox site, can't find it except a Blu Ray STORE, not a rental availibility?




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