The Age of $30 Movie Rentals Is Upon Us

Following through on what probably started as an epic round of double dog daring, four major studios—Warner Bros., Sony, Universal and 20th Century Fox—have agreed that charging $30 for streaming movie rentals is a pretty great business model. Not current-run movies, either! "Home Premiere," as it's being called, only… » 3/31/11 8:40pm 3/31/11 8:40pm

Blockbuster and Comcast Hoping to Tag-Team Netflix with DVDsByMail…

Blockbuster, increasingly depressing rental purveyor, has joined with Comcast for aid in the losing battle against Netflix. Their new service is called DVDs By Mail, though there's not much new about it—essentially a discounted Blockbuster Online subscription for Comcast customers. » 8/09/10 12:04pm 8/09/10 12:04pm

Confirmed: Change Your System Time, Watch Your iTunes Rentals Forever

Click to viewUpdate: That was fast. It's busted—or fixed, depending on your POV. See the jump. Movie rentals from iTunes 7.6? Awesome. That pesky 24-hour viewing window once you've started the film? Not so much. And even if you get a little trigger-happy and click play only two MB into the download, the self-destruct… » 1/17/08 10:30am 1/17/08 10:30am

iTunes Rentals Adds Disney to Stable, Might Not Get Others

It comes as no surprise when we hear that Disney has just joined Apple's movie rental service (following Fox, late last week) seeing as Steve Jobs says "I"m hittin' that" to both companies, but it does surprise us when Variety reports that Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. would not participate because of "various… » 12/31/07 12:00pm 12/31/07 12:00pm

Blockbuster Online Members Socked With Christmas Price Hike

Isn't this a fine little Christmas present from our friends at Blockbuster? Maybe the movie rental company figured since it's this close to the holidays, no one would notice a price increase at Blockbuster Online, announced in a letter to subscribers yesterday. The most painful hit will be taken by those with a… » 12/20/07 9:24am 12/20/07 9:24am

Blockbuster Gimps Total Access Plan, Now Only 5 Free Exchanges a…

Click to viewOne of the main selling points of Blockbuster online vs. Netflix is the fact that you can take your online mailers into brick and mortar Blockbuster stores and exchange them for in-store movies. In fact, that's the reason we give when we recommend people choose Blockbuster over Netflix. It's too bad that… » 7/27/07 12:45pm 7/27/07 12:45pm

Blockbuster Deals Blow to HD DVD Camp By Choosing Blu-ray

After testing out both Blu-ray and HD DVD rentals in 250 of its 1,450 stores, movie rental chain Blockbuster has gone with Blu-ray as the format it's going to widely deploy next month. The decision comes as customers in those 250 stores chose Blu-ray 70% of the time, obviously more than doubling the amount of HD DVDs… » 6/18/07 4:00am 6/18/07 4:00am

Rumor Battered: Hollywood Poo-Poos on Apple's Movie Rental Plan

The briefly ballyhooed iTunes movie rental store did sound a bit too good to be true. While multiple sources confirm Apple's feeler, the flipside is that the movie studios aren't exactly smitten, according to Reuters. $2.99 for 30 days? Preposterous, sneers Hollywood. Easy portability to your iPod or iPhone? Poppycock. » 6/11/07 8:15pm 6/11/07 8:15pm