Entries in Movie Rentals (3)


Redbox Offering Free DVD Rental

Redbox(NEW YORK) -- Redbox is offering one free DVD rental from its entertainment kiosks on Thursday in celebration of reaching two billion movie and game rentals.

The company is offering free, one-night DVD rentals on March 8 with the promo code, THANKS2U, according to the Redbox Facebook page.  The code expires at 11:59:59 p.m. CT.

The company, based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., said its two billionth disc was the movie, Drive featuring Ryan Gosling.  It was rented at a McDonald’s restaurant in Philomath, Ore. over the weekend.

Redbox said it has over 29,000 locations across the country with a presence in every state.

Coinstar Inc., which owns Redbox, said on Feb. 6 its earnings almost tripled after Redbox kiosks picked up customers who left Netflix after the latter announced its failed pricing policy.  The quarterly performance was much better than analysts expected.´╗┐

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Netflix Retracts Plan to Separate DVD, Streaming Services

PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.(LOS GATOS, Calif.) -- Nearly a month after Netflix announced it was going to spin off its DVD rental business into another website, the company has now retracted its plan to separate the service.

In a statement released Monday, the Internet movie rental provider said it would keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together on

The company will no longer be branching out its DVD business under the name "Qwikster," as it had announced on Sept. 18.  That plan would have forced Netflix customers to have two distinct accounts and sign into two separate websites -- and -- in order to manage their rental requests.

Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings said he axed Qwikster to keep renting simple for customers -- and after user outcry over the switch that sent the company's stock tumbling.

"It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs," Hastings wrote in a blog post Monday.  "This means no change: one website, one account, one other words, no Qwikster."

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Blockbuster to Launch Movie Rental Application via Facebook

Blockbuster Inc.(MCKINNEY, Texas) -- Blockbuster is making friends—and lots of them. The movie rental giant is slated to link with Facebook in the near future with an application that will allow customers to rent and watch movies through the social media site.

Facebook’s new Blockbuster app is primarily focused on digital rentals and will provide customers with an enhanced digital catalog that will feature video playback through an embedded player.

People will be able to navigate the library through their Facebook accounts.

For those without Facebook accounts, Blockbuster has merged with the site to create a seamless account creation process.

The application’s announcement was made at the f8 Developer Conference in San Francisco Friday.

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