Waning Movie Rentals Could Signal Beginning Of The End For Flicks In Physical Form

Waning Movie Rentals Could Signal Beginning Of The End For Flicks In Physical Form

I used to love driving to Blockbuster Video to pick out a horror film for scary movie nights in high school with my pals, perusing the aisles and deciding whether or not we really needed a bajillion-pound box of Raisinets. But although physical movies are still more popular than digital, Blockbuster is a ghost of its former self and rentals are on the wane in general, which could mean the beginning of the end for all kinds of disc rentals. [More]

Universal, Redbox Cut Deal To Maintain 28-Day Rental Delay

Universal, Redbox Cut Deal To Maintain 28-Day Rental Delay

Universal will not follow the lead of Warner Bros. by restricting sales of DVDs to rental services for 56 days. Instead, the studio worked out an extension of its current deal with Redbox that will continue to keep Universal’s discs out of renters’ hands for 28 days. [More]

Redbox Says It Will Get Its Own Warner Bros. DVDs From Now On

Unhappy with the Warner Bros. plan to keep its DVDs away from rental companies for 56 days after release, Redbox says it will no longer buy DVDs from the studio and instead get them through “alternative means.” [More]

Customer Stream Flows Back Toward Netflix

Customer Stream Flows Back Toward Netflix

After ditching Netflix en masse in the third quarter, customers began crawling back to the service at the end of the year. [More]

Report: Warner Bros. Will Stretch New Release Rental Window From 28 To 56 Days

Report: Warner Bros. Will Stretch New Release Rental Window From 28 To 56 Days

Apparently no longer content with the 28-day window in which it sells DVDs but doesn’t allow companies to rent them out, Warner Bros. is reportedly on the verge of doubling that time frame in an effort to starve viewers into starting to buy movies again. [More]

Netflix CEO Will Take Pay Cut After Rough Year

Netflix CEO Will Take Pay Cut After Rough Year

Although the average CEO saw hefty pay increases this year, it’s a different story for Netflix honcho Reed Hastings. Following a year in which the company introduced a rate increase coupled with a short-lived decision to spin off the disc-rental division as Qwikster, causing an exodus of subscribers, Hastings will receive fewer gold coins to toss into his money bin. [More]

Blockbuster Express Jumps Into Rental Price Hike Pool

Blockbuster Express Jumps Into Rental Price Hike Pool

With rival movie rental services Netflix and Redbox already having raised their prices, Blockbuster Express decided to follow suit, doubling the price of some movies to $2 for the first night starting Tuesday. The hike applies to releases that have been out between 29 and 90 days, while older movies will remain at $1 a night. New releases that have been out for four weeks or less will remain $3 for the first night. [More]

Report: Netflix's Killing Of Qwikster Forces Layoffs

Report: Netflix's Killing Of Qwikster Forces Layoffs

After Netflix decided against spinning off the DVD rental side of its service as Qwikster, the company reportedly decided it didn’t need as many call service reps to handle such duties as fielding inquiries from confused customers. [More]

Blockbuster Wants To Lure You Back With Unlimited In-Store Rental Plan

Blockbuster Wants To Lure You Back With Unlimited In-Store Rental Plan

Hoping to scoop up some customers who have fled Netflix and Redbox due to recent price increases, Blockbuster has launched a monthly subscription plan that provides unlimited, one-at-a-time rentals of games and movies, plus an additional film by mail each month. The challenge is to find a Blockbuster that’s still open. [More]

Enjoy Your Last Weekend Of $1 Redbox Rentals

Enjoy Your Last Weekend Of $1 Redbox Rentals

The era of $1-per-night movie rentals was too sweet to last into November. Perhaps seeing some opportunity to up profits in the wake of Netflix’s bumbling, Redbox announced its nightly DVD rental rate will rise to $1.20 on Monday. For now, Blu-rays will stick at $1.50 and video games will remain $2 per night. [More]

Warner Bros. Slaps Blockbuster With 28-Day Movie Rental Delay

Warner Bros. Slaps Blockbuster With 28-Day Movie Rental Delay

Along with several other major movie studios, Warner Bros. restricts Netflix and Redbox from offering its movies for rent until 28 days after they go on sale. For months, Blockbuster has been immune to such restrictions, trumpeting early access to films as one of the few reasons to still bother visiting a rental store. But now Warner has taken that meager advantage away. [More]

Netflix Loses 800K Subscribers In Third Quarter

Netflix Loses 800K Subscribers In Third Quarter

While no business likes to lose 800,000 customers in the span of a few months, such a drop could pass for good news in the Netflix halls in these post price-hike days. [More]

Facebook Adds Miramax Films To Stable Of Movie Streaming Rentals

Facebook Adds Miramax Films To Stable Of Movie Streaming Rentals

Facebook is lining up deals with movie studios to put their films online for streaming rental, making agreements with Universal last week and Miramax this week. Using special apps for the services, you pay 30 Facebook credits — $3 per film — and have a 48-hour window to watch the movies. [More]

Netflix Will Start Streaming Miramax Films In June

Netflix Will Start Streaming Miramax Films In June

Netflix has been so effective at nailing down deals with movie distributors that it’s easy to become surprised/enraged when you get a hankering to watch a movie and find it isn’t available on instant streaming. Now the company has added Miramax movies to its virtual film brothel, completing the deal rumored in March. This means several films by Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez will be streamable. [More]

Android Market Starts Renting Movies On Devices

Android Market Starts Renting Movies On Devices

Those with Android tablets and smartphones can now look forward to renting movies, thanks to new functionality available on the Android Market that ties into Google-owned YouTube’s expanded rental service. [More]

Dish Network Will Assume Leases Of More Than 500 Blockbuster Stores

Dish Network Will Assume Leases Of More Than 500 Blockbuster Stores

Dish Network, the proud winner of the auction for Blockbuster, will play around with its new toy by not letting it completely vanish. [More]

Netflix Will Stream CBS Shows Starting In April

Netflix Will Stream CBS Shows Starting In April

Now that Netflix will face some formidable video streaming competition in the form of Redbox and Amazon, it will need to keep adding content to remain in the front of the pack. [More]

Redbox Confirms Plans To Take On Netflix In Streaming Biz

Redbox Confirms Plans To Take On Netflix In Streaming Biz

Redbox wants to be the new Netflix, and the company is stepping into the realm of video streaming. [More]