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Tom in NY

Wasn't Redbox supposed to put a kiosk in every CVS by now? Mine certainly doesn't, and there are very few Redbox kiosks in NYC, period.

sean mccoy

maybe their increase was do to netflix price increase

Tvaddic

@Sean Mccoy Netflix has saw double digit increases also.

Louis S

Good for Redbox...I recently brought back the DVD plan along with the streaming plan, and $19 a month is still worth it for me (I have the blu ray plan). I originally disliked the price increase but don't mind it so much now since it now increases the inventory of discs available for rental. It's also still a bargain in comparison to all of the other services out there. This company is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't sometimes

jheartney

We started using Redbox in the past year, for Blu-Rays and new stuff that's not at the library.

Basically they've demonstrated that you can automate the video rental business, which puts legions of would-be video store clerks into unemployment, as does streaming. A microcosm of the problem the country is facing with all the low-education jobs going away bit by bit.

Gobotron

Unless Redbox starts getting discs to my mailbox, I still won't care. I used that thing to rent one movie one time about two years ago and haven't looked back.
The last video store anywhere near me closed at least six months ago, and I hadn't been in one since 2008. If I want a relatively new movie on disc right away, I have a library branch down the street closer than any video store ever was, renting out for a week for $1. One advantage, now that I think about it, is the discs aren't the "rental only" copies without extras and actually retail discs purchased. Needless to say, I haven't been there in months.

moviegeek

Out here in CA Redbox is everywhere, there must be 12 kiosks within a mile of my house. I've only seen a handful of BB kiosks in my town though and all of the stores near me have closed. Having said that I still haven't used the kiosks but I might this year since you can check ahead of time online to see what they have.

Michael R.

Here in native America Redbox's are all over town and some locations even have two machines to keep up with demand. There's often cars waiting to pull up beside the Redbox outside my neighborhood grocery store. Netflix don't you understand what's happening? Your high prices are sending people to Redbox DVD dispensers in droves.

ClydesMP

"Having said that I still haven't used the kiosks but I might this year since you can check ahead of time online to see what they have."

Besides checking to see if they have, you can go ahead and reserve them on line as well. I actually like Redbox. I only put new releases in my Netflix queue as a reminder of when they are coming out. If I want a new rental release, I'll generally reserve it shortly after midnight on Monday night, which gives me all day Tuesday or even Wednesday morning to pick it up with no extra charge as long as I have them back in the machine by Wednesday at 9. The only new rental I've gotten recently from HBO was Mildred Pierce, which Redbox didn't carry.

MikeT

I am not the least bit interested in new releases, and even if I was, I wouldn't drive to a store to get them. I have over 300 existing titles in my queue, and that's enough to keep me busy for a long time. I know that there are a lot of people, however, who want 'the latest' from whoever can offer it most efficiently.

Netflix appeals to a lot of different market segments, not just one (new releases, streaming, classic movies, blu-ray, etc.) For a while Netflix grew so fast by being the best in every one of these segments; but now other companies, attracted by Netflix' success, are targeting what they perceive to be the largest and most vulnerable portions of the Netflix customer base. Redbox has obviously found a winning formula for attracting a lot of customers who would formerly have rented from Netflix.

sucram

I like Redbox, and even have 3 BB's nearby that I can go to. However, my patronage of any is increasingly rare. The main reason is that it is a pain to have to bring the movie back the next day. I have two young kids and almost never manage to return the next day. Too busy. Blockbuster was getting me in the store again a lot until last summer when they started charging $1/day after the first night to emulate Redbox. They had a good thing with $2.99-3.99 new releases and $0.99 non-new releases that you could keep for 5 days. Now that's all gone and I end up spending $4-5 on late fees if I use either of those options. More if I have multiple disks out. I'm using mainly Netflix streaming, 1-disk at-a-time, and Vudu or Amazon. It costs about the same to stream most things in the end so why bother going to the store except for a rare movie that I have to see on BD.

Walt D in LV

I pay $34.99 for a Two-at-a-time plan, in-store, from Blockbuster.
I pay $14.99 for Two-at-a-time Blu-ray plan with Netflix.

This past month I rented my first Redbox movie in what seems like years. It was Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and I got it because Blockbuster hadn't had it in stock in two weeks, and Netflix had either a Very Long Wait, or a 28 Day Delay (can't remember which).

I like the idea of Redbox: Search online for available titles, one-day rentals for $1.50, Return to any location, etc. Here in Las Vegas, they ARE everywhere (7-Eleven, Walgreens, grocery stores, Walmart, McDonald's, gas stations, etc.) 15 of 'em within three miles of my house, according to their website.
I do not use Redbox more often only because they seem to only carry the most popular, New Release titles.

I love Netflix' large selection, quick one-day shipping, and recommendation engine.

I like Blockbuster's brick and mortar store for the quick availability, mostly for just New Releases, and even then they don't get all titles on Blu-ray (even when available).

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