You already love Redbox, and now the movie dispensing units may challenge another red-hued company, Netflix, by getting into the streaming video market.In a recent interview with Bloomberg, president Mitch Lowe outlines a plan to expand the reach of the movie-in-a-box units by offering online streaming options. Given the fact that so many of you already use Redbox as a source of entertainment, it wouldn't be too far fetched that you'd also hop online to stream a movie or two, which could cut into Netflix's market. Find out what I think, and learn about the kind of model I'd like to see coming from Redbox after the break.
For some of us, buying a new bag is a big investment, and you want it to match (or at least "go with") the rest of your accessories – including your gadgets. If you're a cohesive color shopper, but can't throw down for that new Gucci, fear not. Make like Louise from the SATC movie and rent it! Renting is becoming as popular and as easy as Netflix, and now it's not only restricted to bags. FromBagsToRiches is offering up a pretty sweet deal: When you rent one of their featured handbags, they'll throw in a color coordinated Nintendo DS for 30 days free of charge!
But it's not only one of Nintendo's awesome colored DS' you'll get for a month (they even have the new metallic rose and silver models), but you'll get a game pack to go along with it. Cause really, what good is the DS without the game? Choose from Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, Brain Age, Nintendogs, and New Super Mario Bros. to play while you're on the go. A new handbag, a new DS, and a fresh game to play for 30 days? What more can a girl want?
A couple of weeks ago, I talked about a study that was conducted by CinemaNow shows that 94 percent of people surveyed think that renting a video from a store or even getting them through the mail from a service like Netflix will be the next tech dinosaur to be extinct. Movie downloads, they cited, are better for the environment. While that very noble reason is a bonus, I began downloading movies because of the convenience.
Obviously, it's great to have it both ways, but the results of CinemaNow's survey surprised me, because most of the people that I know who download movies are doing it for the convenience. So tell me — if you're a movie downloader, what is your main reason for doing it: The friendliness to the environment, or the fact that it's so easy?
- In response to major movie studios making new movies available for download on the same day as the DVD release, Apple TV is now offering movies available for purchase, whereas before, users could only rent them for short periods of time. — iLounge
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) aren't very happy with the GTA game series and are even trying to ban them. — Switched
- Google has just rolled out mobile search for 33 countries and in 16 different languages. They've also launched Google News for the iPhone! — Crave
- Goodbye boring Linksys router, hello gorgeous sleek, black router! Linksys has spiced up their line of routers and included this sexy one in the mix. — Popgadget
- Every few weeks, Nintendo will be offering a series of worldwide Mario Kart Wii tournaments that will allow users from all across the world to compete! — Kotaku
With Macworld 2008 just about wrapped-up and put away, we're left to reflect on what we won't be getting from Apple this year (just check out your comments on what the MacBook Air left out)! The New York Times couldn't help but ask if Steve Jobs has abandoned his thought that people want to own their content, as evidenced by his embracing rentals of movies on iTunes for Apple TV. If this is the case then why hasn't he done the same for music?
The article points out that the same technology that enables movie rentals for Apple TV is also found in newer iPods, so why can't we rent songs and albums? Whether it would be unpopular or not, Apple has made the decision for us. I think most of the time, I would want to own my music, especially at just 99 cents a song, but renting music could be a throwback to the days when we borrowed our friends' CDs for a week to test them out. So tell me what you think — Would you rent music or would you rather own it?
The New York Times reported that Blockbuster will be lowering its prices to compete with ever-so-popular Netflix. Supposedly they will be offering three movie rentals at a time for $16.99 a month, whereas Netflix charges $17.99 for the same thing. Hmm, I think I'll pay the extra buck and stick with my easy-to-use and reliable Netflix because last time I tried the Blockbuster program I received scratched movies. I know everyone isn't a Netflix addict, so let me know what you use below and if you'd consider switching.