March 31, 2013 |
It's been a wild week for Rich Wolff , Richard Ross , and their colleagues at Breaking Glass Pictures. The phones and computers in the film distributor's Old City offices have been buzzing with requests - from CNN, from the networks' news divisions - to use clips from Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement . That's because the subject of the prizewinning documentary, Edith Windsor , is the plaintiff in the historic challenge to the Defense...
January 29, 2013 |
As Debbie and Troy Smith revel in steadily increasing sales, a backlog of demand for their services, and the freedom of being their own bosses, the Chester County couple has earned the right to gloat. Not that they are gloating. They're just relieved that in 2006, while both had good jobs, they developed and began implementing Career Plan B. "We just saw the way the economy was going and were concerned about losing our jobs," Troy Smith said. In his wife's case, those worries were justified.
December 15, 2012 |
Coinstar Inc.'s Redbox is selling tickets to live events at hundreds of DVD-rental kiosks in the Philadelphia area and online. The ticket venture - Redbox's first in the nation - will be expanded to Los Angeles in January and then other markets. People purchase tickets at the distinctive Redbox kiosks using a touchscreen. Because there is no printer, they e-mail tickets to accounts for printing or retrieve them at the event. The company has partnered with Comcast Spectacor's New Era Tickets to sell excess ticket inventory for some Philadelphia events, said Comcast Spectacor spokesman Ike Richman.
December 14, 2012 |
Redbox Instant by Verizon, a joint venture between the kiosk DVD-rental company and the telecommunications giant, will launch a beta version of the new national streaming service later this month that will cost $8 a month, the companies said Wednesday. Redbox Instant will compete with other streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime. Comcast offers an Xfinity Streampix to cable-TV customers within its cable-TV franchise territory. Streampix is free to most triple-play Comcast customers but costs $4.99 a month as a stand-alone service.
February 7, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Challenging Netflix, phone company Verizon Communications Inc. said that it will start a video-streaming service later this year in cooperation with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks. Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox's parent, said that the service will be national and available to non-Verizon customers. It adds another leg to Verizon's quest to become a force in home entertainment, and positions the company to compete to some extent with the cable-TV services it already sells.
February 7, 2012 |
Raising the stakes in streamed entertainment, phone giant Verizon Communications Inc. will launch a new national streaming service in a joint venture with DVD-rental firm Redbox later this year. The venture will be a direct competitor to Netflix, which now has more than 20 million subscribers, by offering DVD rentals through 35,000 Redbox kiosks and Internet-streamed entertainment by Verizon. Verizon will own 65 percent of the venture, and Coinstar Inc., which owns Redbox, will own 35 percent.
July 14, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Some Netflix customers called it a slap in the face. Others a betrayal. Many threatened to drop the movie service. On Wednesday, many of them vented on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere, seething over Netflix Inc.'s announcement Tuesday that it would raise its prices by up to 60 percent for the millions of subscribers who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch movies online. "I can definitely afford it, but I dropped them on principle," said Joe Turick, a technology engineer in Monroe, N.C., who has been with Netflix for about a decade.
July 1, 2011
1. Just Go With It (Sony) 2. Battle: Los Angeles (Sony) 3. True Grit (2010) (Paramount) 4. The Dilemma (Universal) 5. The Rite (Warner) 6. I Am Number Four (Disney) 7. No Strings Attached (Paramount) 8. The Mechanic (Sony) 9. Gnomeo and Juliet (Disney) 10. Drive Angry (Summit) Top DVD titles at Redbox kiosks for week ended June 26.