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Blockbuster Kiosks Offer $1.99 New Releases, Including Blu-ray

Lee Stewart
06-25-2009, 08:05 AM
Blockbuster Kiosks Offer $1.99 New Releases, Including Blu-ray

By Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 24 Jun 2009
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Blockbuster Inc.’s relative late entry into rental kiosks has prompted the No. 1 DVD rental service to offer new DVD and Blu-ray releases for $1.99 for the first day (until 7 p.m. the following day) and 99 cents per day thereafter.

So-called Blockbuster “Favorites”, which include popular classic titles, rent for 99 cents for the first day and thereafter.

The pricing, which is charged to the user’s credit card and limited to three titles at a time, is noteworthy for Blu-ray titles considering rival Netflix charges subscribers a monthly premium to rent the high definition format.

Kiosk rentals can be returned to any kiosk, and movies rented online or at Blockbuster stores cannot be returned via kiosk. Consumers are charged the full price of the movie on the 25th day following the initial rental day.

The pricing is incorporated in the rollout of about 3,000 rental kiosks, according to Dayton, Ohio-based NCR Corp., which is a partner in Blockbuster Express kiosks.

Current in-store Blockbuster new release rental prices average about $5, and $4 for older titles with a seven-day grace period. The company also offers new release streams at Blockbuster On Demand from $2.99 in addition to various by-mail monthly subscription programs, including Blockbuster Total Access.

“This is big,” said the owner of a Chicago-based video rental store and Blockbuster competitor.

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/blockbuster/blockbuster-kiosks-offer-199-new-releases-including-blu-ray-16183

bmore
06-25-2009, 08:18 AM
The pricing is incorporated in the rollout of about 3,000 rental kiosks, according to Dayton, Ohio-based NCR Corp., which is a partner in Blockbuster Express kiosks.

What no SD cards?

I thought physical media was dead, like yesterday?

HD Goofnut
06-25-2009, 08:41 AM
This is still twice the price of Redbox.

Lee Stewart
06-25-2009, 09:26 AM
What no SD cards?

I thought physical media was dead, like yesterday?

AFAIK, only MOD Systems is pursuing SD cards and the "kiosks" will be indoors (retailers, malls, etc)

I just drove past my local Winn-Dixie and their Redbox kiosk is outside the building under an over hang. Next to a soda machine.

kamspy
06-25-2009, 10:41 AM
Meh. 24 hour rentals get me every time on those kiosks. Rent something at 9:00AM and it has to be back the next day at 9:00AM.

Too much hassle.

I've been a filthy HD VOD whore lately anyways. With that said, I'm now surely ostracized from both the Blu and SRT crowd:(

awol
06-25-2009, 12:45 PM
I've been a filthy HD VOD whore lately anyways. With that said, I'm now surely ostracized from both the Blu and SRT crowd:(

Nah... We just look at you disdainfully. http://www.advancedphysics.org/forum/images/smilies/snob.gif http://www.drumchat.com/images/smilies/eusa_snooty.gif

But you're not ostracized.

steve3050
06-25-2009, 06:26 PM
This is still twice the price of Redbox.http://www.imagefrost.com/img/io/iy.gif

yes i agree....so no bargains ?

HD Goofnut
06-25-2009, 09:18 PM
yes i agree....so no bargains ?

I guess not. I can tell you that my local Redbox has been booming. There is machine in all of my local Wal-Marts (nearly 10 of them) and the one closest to my house always has someone either renting or returning a movie. As soon as it gets BD I am all over it.

dsskid
06-26-2009, 08:32 AM
This is still twice the price of Redbox.

Are they allowed to Distribute Blu-rays in a Red-box?

Sorry, I couldn't resist. :lol:

Lee Stewart
06-26-2009, 08:35 AM
Are they allowed to Distribute Blu-rays in a Red-box?

Sorry, I couldn't resist. :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbsup: