From the DVD renter:
Redbox, the popular bright red fully-automated DVD rental kiosk, announces the opening of five new locations at Acme in Akron: 1525 Plaza Dr., 3235 Manchester Rd., 2147 East Ave., 2420 Wedgewood Dr. and 3979 Medina Rd. #18. Redbox delivers convenient, affordable access to new release DVDs and catalog titles. With a rent and return anywhere™ policy, consumers can now rent DVDs from the redbox® kiosks at Acme in Akron and return it to any of the more than 21,000 redbox locations nationwide.
Announcement continues after the jump. I remember a VHS distributor who had a similar system years ago, and it was convenient, especially when the video stores were closed. But that was also before on-demand was common, and before streaming services like Netflix's (which people keep telling me they love). Still, this is potentially useful to some consumers, and I will be giving it a try soon.
“By placing our redbox kiosks where consumers already shop, redbox makes it easy for movie lovers and people on the go to rent the latest new release DVDs at an affordable price,” said Gary Cohen, senior vice president marketing and customer experience, redbox.
Redbox rents movies for a low nightly cost, and new users are invited to register their email address at www.redbox.com to receive a free one-night rental code. Also, as part of the Free Movie Monday promotion, every redbox consumer can register their mobile phone at www.redbox.com to receive a free one-night rental the first Monday of every month.
Each redbox kiosk holds 630 DVDs, representing up to 200 of the newest movie releases. Consumers simply use a touch screen to select their favorite movies, swipe a valid credit or debit card and go. Redbox users have the flexibility to keep the DVD for as long as they like and are charged a low fee for each night they keep the movie. For added convenience, consumers also can visit www.redbox.com to reserve their DVD online or via the iPhone® app from redbox and pick it up immediately at the redbox location of their choice.