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Initial post: Jan 14, 2011 2:30:20 PM PST
We only use Redbox. I have never streamed a movie.

There is an article that is asking if Netflix is killing Redbox because shares of the company that owns Redbox have fallen 25%. But, then it goes on to say that is because their growth fell short of analysts expectations. Their revenue rose 38%.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 2:34:56 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 14, 2011 2:47:37 PM PST
Boston Bean says:
Presently, neither. I am interested in Neflix for my Mac, however. Seems to me that not having to go out in inclement weather, is one factor in going for Netflix. They appear to have levels of involvement, starting out at about $9.00, and going up from there. I'd be interested in knowing how it's been working out for subscribers. What is the availability selection?

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 2:51:18 PM PST
Bob857 says:
Seems to me that Redbox and Netflix serve two different demographic groups. Those with a true high speed internet gravitate towards Netflix. While technophobes and poor people favor Redbox.

Not meeting analysts' expectations is strong indication of serious problems. Usually the first sign of impending death. Not always, but... I wouldn't invest any of my money in any company that fails to meet analysts' expectations.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 2:51:34 PM PST
The company that does Redbox also does Coinstar, and Green Dot pre-paid MasterCards, so when you look at what's going on at the corporate level, DVD rentals are just part of their picture. Netflix, on the other hand, just does movie rentals.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 2:56:28 PM PST
Mr. Jumps says:
I use blockbuster and they send them to me in the mail. I like its selection of foreign films, and old movies. I can find many more obscure movies with blockbuster.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 2:57:37 PM PST
D. Erikson says:
I use Netflix and I really like it. The available titles are getting better and more abundant, though not everything I might want to watch is there. I have the one dvd/unlimited streaming plan for $10 and I definitely get my money's worth. I end up watching and enjoying a number of movies I never would have rented otherwise: foreign films, documentaries, blasts from the past, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 3:07:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2011 3:12:25 PM PST
I use Netflix streaming only and Redbox. I hardly think the reason that I use Redbox is that I'm poor or technophobic - it's because they often have titles that Netflix doesn't have. Don't be a movie snob - get your movies where you can find 'em!

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 3:10:17 PM PST
Lillian says:
I have Netflix and I love it. I also have the 1 dvd at a time/streaming plan. I can get a dvd on Monday, watch it that night, mail it Tue. and have a new disc on Wed. That one goes back in the mail Thur. and have a new one Saturday, so get two dvd's a week on average. Of course. we watch a lot more streaming. I've found I use it a lot more for streaming than I thought I would. Highly recommend it.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 3:23:52 PM PST
Mr. Jumps says:
I see the red box in McDonalds, the train station, and by planned parenthood. They available movies always seem to be like- Die Hard with a vengeance, Jeepers Creepers VII, and Rap N Hustle; the story of the original rap impersonators.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 3:27:42 PM PST
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I have a red box in my King Soopers. We don't have vendors at our light rail stations; I don't go to McDonalds or Planned Parenthood. I guess we live in different worlds.

I watched The Town and The Social Network this week from Red Box.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 3:31:56 PM PST
David Cross says:
I use VUDU on my PS3 -- HD picture and 5.1 surround sound. For what I'd pay in gas to drive to a Red Box to get the movie and return it, the price is about the same. And, Vudu has a much bigger selection.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 3:34:51 PM PST
BillK 8 says:
used to have Blockbuster online, and they're service was suckking more and more. Switched to Netflix (DVDs in the mail), and I find their service to be excellent.
I don't do streaming simply because I do not yet own any hardware that will stream to my TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 3:35:37 PM PST
So you like Vudu? I can do VuDu (I also like to say it better than NetFlix or RedBox) on my blu ray player but since I have Netflix I haven't subscribed. Is there a monthly fee or is it per movie?

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 3:35:58 PM PST
I have netflix too and dropped the one movie (dvd) a month plan, so now I just stream movies. I do have broadband.

For streaming, I also use syfi rewind, hulu, and now youtube has movies as well. The streaming quality on netflix is also very good and the best out of all those mentioned. Netflix streaming only runs approx. $7.99 per month, with unlimited viewing. There is a wide variety available, from TV sitcoms and movies to Frontline specials, and from childrens movies to adult films. Shutter Island is now on Netflix for streaming and they seems to be getting more current with their flims. Which is a good thing......

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 3:39:54 PM PST
Mr. Jumps says:
I live in Denver so maybe our worlds not too far apart. But we probably wouldn't see one another unless you had a referral from PCP.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 3:41:00 PM PST
raviendha says:
I use both Netflix (for streaming) and Redbox for current releases. And by the way, I am definitely not poor and I used to be a computer programmer so I'm not a technophobe.

The Netflix movies that you can stream are usually a little older but I still enjoy them. I've used Blockbuster before and loved them because I could take the movies I received in the mail and exchange them in the store for new movies. I've thought about going back to them because they now have games in the mail exchange as well (we have a wii and dsi and I hope to get a XBox or PS3 soon). But, I've really been enjoying the movies Netflix have for streaming and Blockbuster does not include streaming in their monthly plan - they charge extra.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 3:41:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2011 3:45:44 PM PST
So you really have Red Boxes by your light rail station? Mine just has a fare box.

I don't know what a PCP is but if I find one, I will ask for a referral to see you. I think it would be hilarious!

I find your review of trash bags riveting.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 3:41:57 PM PST
David Cross says:
No, there is no monthly fee for VUDU and your first movie is free (at least it was). They have a daily 99 cent special and have a bunch of $2 movies. Otherwise SD movies are $3.99, 720p $4.99 (which I usually get) and 1280 $5.99. I had Netflix, but I didn't find their streaming selection that good; it was mostly old stuff that I can see on OnDemand anyhow. With VUDU you get the new releases that you'd have to go to a video store to rent. In my area they all went out of business (suburbs).

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 3:44:23 PM PST
J. Sweeney says:
Personally I use both. I do quiet a bit of streaming through netflix, but lately it has been a headache trying to get anything remotely new through the mail for the first several months of release. I have had How I Met Your Mother Season 5 Disc 1 at the very top of my netflix Queue since October and just this week it changed from "very long wait" to "long wait". As Netflix shifts away from physical discs to streaming I find myself questioning the value of my 3 out at a time plan. I also find myself frequenting the redbox more and more often.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 4:10:03 PM PST
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KM says:
I use both Redbox and Netflix for streaming, but prefer Blockbuster by mail. They allow you to exchange your mailers in store and get many new releases 28 days before Redbox.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2011 4:12:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2011 4:18:39 PM PST
That makes sense. I may have to try that.

I can get RedBox for newer releases than NetFlix for $1.08 (inc tax) a night from my market. The movies can be reserved online so there's no hunt once you get there and it takes just long enough to swipe your credit card for ID and the movie spits out of the box. Easy as pie.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 4:15:50 PM PST
boogsbass says:
Netflix for streaming and Redbox on a rare occasion. Love my little Roku box!

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 4:53:47 PM PST
Well, we have Redbox kiosks in Walmart, WinnDixie and Walgreens. I have been able to get the new releases we wanted; Inception, The Town and The Social Network to watch for free.(buy specially marked boxes of Orville Redenbocker popcorn-get 4 codes for free movies). I also enjoy that movies can be returned to any Redbox kiosk.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 5:07:54 PM PST
Sick Daddy says:
Redbox is a limited selection compared to Netflix. But Redbox you can get a movie on the same day. Netflix allows you to stream. But Redbox is a pay per rental. Netflix is pay per month.

They both have advantages.

I'm waiting for redbox to show movies at mcdonalds on the outside wall of the building similar to a drive in.
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