Netflix Agrees To Delay Warner Bros. New DVDs For 28 Days

Netflix Agrees To Delay Warner Bros. New DVDs For 28 Days

Netflix has agreed to terms with Warner Bros. that will delay rentals of new DVD releases for 28 days. Warner Bros. has unilaterally imposed the same restriction on Redbox — and those negotiations were apparently much less friendly and involved more lawyers. [More]

Renter Forced To Move Out Of Foreclosed House, Can't Get Security Deposit Back

Renter Forced To Move Out Of Foreclosed House, Can't Get Security Deposit Back

Silpa had the bad fortune of renting a house from a deadbeat owner who let the property go into foreclosure. Now that $2,200 security deposit could be lost forever amid the turmoil. Silpa’s story:

Rent A Truck From U-Haul If You Want To Stay Put

Rent A Truck From U-Haul If You Want To Stay Put

Chris and his wife moved recently. To do so, they rented a truck from U-Haul. They planned ahead, booked their truck in advance, and did everything correctly. They just had the audacity to request a truck that wasn’t located an hour away from their new home. This was apparently too much for the U-Haul infrastructure to handle.

Apartment Listing Service Sells Database Of Scammy And Outdated Rentals

Apartment Listing Service Sells Database Of Scammy And Outdated Rentals

The Illinois attorney general’s office has filed suit against a Chicago-based rental property listing service for allegedly “charging consumers a membership fee for access to a property database populated largely with fraudulent or outdated rental listings.”

Soderbergh Subverts The Theater Experience Again

Soderbergh Subverts The Theater Experience Again

One of the hotter indie flicks of the summer, Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience, debuted on Amazon’s rental service this week, way before the movie opens in theaters May 22. At $9.99 for a three-day rental, the movie is also cheaper to rent than it will be to see at many theaters.

We All Need Extra Income

We All Need Extra Income

Hey, if you’ve got $28,000, you can use it to rent Steve Martin’s house for a week. [WSJ]

Ask The Consumerists: Should I Rent A House That Is In Foreclosure?

Ask The Consumerists: Should I Rent A House That Is In Foreclosure?

Reader Kelly wants to know if she should risk renting a vacation house that is in foreclosure.

http://consumerist.com/2008/08/26/just-in-case-you-werent/

Just in case you weren’t already sure that “Rent To Own” was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad deal… Read this. [ABC News]

Policy: Blockbuster Debits $1 To Test Your Card, Then Charges You For Your Rental

Policy: Blockbuster Debits $1 To Test Your Card, Then Charges You For Your Rental

For every debit or credit card transaction at Blockbuster, the company will now debit $1 to “test” your card. If the transaction goes through, they’ll then debit the full amount of your purchase. Blockbuster tells us your dollar will be returned in 3-10 business days. Reader Jason says he rented a game on Thursday and hasn’t gotten the dollar Blockbuster borrowed back yet. Will he get it before the 10 days is up?

Budget Rents Man A Truck, Then Closes Early And Charges $50 "No Show" Fee

Budget Rents Man A Truck, Then Closes Early And Charges $50 "No Show" Fee

Zach tried to rent a truck from Budget last month, and not only did he not get the truck, but he didn’t get the compensatory gift card they offered by way of apology. In fact, pretty much the only real thing he got from Budget was a $50 fee on his credit card for being a “no show”—even though he arrived at the location a half hour before closing only to find it locked up. Oh, and the location was 150 miles from his home.

Blockbuster Total Access Fails, Netflix Wins

Blockbuster Total Access Fails, Netflix Wins

We’re ready to call Netflix the winner of this battle of the video war, based on Blockbusters remarkably sad third quarter numbers and the flood of pissed off emails we’ve been getting from Blockbuster’s (former) customers.

Apple May Be Plotting iTunes Movie Rental Service

Apple May Be Plotting iTunes Movie Rental Service

According to CNNMoney, Apple may be plotting an iTunes movie rental service that would allow iPod users to rent and watch a movie for 30 days without purchasing the entire film. Rumors place the rental fee at about $2.99.

iPhone Defective? That'll Be $29 For A Loaner

iPhone Defective? That'll Be $29 For A Loaner

Reader Jonathan’s iPhone just keeps breaking. The second time, rather than replacing it, they decided it would need to be repaired—and tried to charge him $30 for a rental phone.

Heat Map Of Rental Prices Based On Craiglist Listings

Heat Map Of Rental Prices Based On Craiglist Listings

In a project born out of “boredom” and an experience with a landlord that was facing foreclosure due to gambling on an ARM, grad student Ethan Garner created CraigStatsSF, a site that visualizes craiglist San Francisco rental listings. He writes:

As I started looking for places, I noticed everything that used to be for rent was now for sale due to the same foreclosure effect that happened to my landlord.

Mexican Hertz Charges $499.48 For A Flat Tire

Mexican Hertz Charges $499.48 For A Flat Tire

For a pre-paid one month economy car rental for $632.03, on January 16th Hertz rented me a 2007 Blue Chevrolet , Lic#5981AVB in good condition at the Los Cabos airport. I declined to purchase insurance. Late on the night of January 20th, during a rainstorm, a tire blew out on the vehicle; so, after exchanging the tire with the spare the following morning, on January 21st, I returned the vehicle to the agency at their suggestion and wrote a full report. The agency assured me there would be no problem of any charges.

Comcast: On-Demand Rentals on DVD Release Date

Comcast: On-Demand Rentals on DVD Release Date

The New York Times is reporting that Comcast will begin testing a new video on demand service in two cities, Pittsburgh and Denver. Unlike traditional video on-demand that shows movies 30- to 45-days after their release date on DVD, this service will allow movies to be ordered the same date as the DVD release. This puts video on-demand in direct competition with sales and rentals. Each on-demand rental will cost $4, which compares with DVD rental prices. Uh-oh, Blockbuster. Forget the beginning of the end, this is the end of the end. —MEGHANN MARCO

Craigslist Advertises Sex For Rent

Craigslist Advertises Sex For Rent

When Ben started editing for The Consumerist, part of his contract was that he had to service Gawker overlords like Joel Johnson and Nick Denton, but not Brownlee, who doesn’t go for that gay stuff. Everyone thought it was a fair arrangement: although a passable writer, Ben’s true talents have always been most evident in his carnal artistry, and what artist wouldn’t want to make a living doing what he loves? But then Gawker’s crackerjack legal monkeys looked over the contract, cited New York State prostitution laws and Ben found that the numerous vacancies he had been hired by Gawker to fill were reduced to only one… that of a lowly Consumerist editor. Sullen, Ben comforted himself the only way he knew how: injecting every Consumerist post with as many gay non sequiturs as possible.

Netflix Still Boning Best Customers

Netflix Still Boning Best Customers

We were a bit surprised by the renewed ruckus concerning Netflix throttling the turn around speed of heavy users, considering it’s been a well-worn topic on Netflix blogs for at least a couple of years. But thanks to a new article on CNN.com, the issue is back to upset a whole new set of customers.