It always seems to take Blockbuster a while to catch on to trends. First, they sat back and watched Netflix dominate the market for ordering DVD rentals online -- before offering the same. And then they watched Redbox amass around 18,000 rental kiosks in supermarkets, drug stores and other high-traffic retailers across the country.
Finally, Blockbuster recently began rolling out its own kiosks. As with Redbox, Blockbuster Express DVD rentals are available for $1 a night and with no membership sign-up required. Late last month, Blockbuster and Publix announced a relationship in which kiosks would be rolled out in the grocery chain's 425 stores. That's a start -- and Blockbuster hopes to find other partners as its goal is to have 10,000 U.S. kiosks by the end of 2010. Of course, Redbox is not just going to sit back and watch all that competitive growth. In fact, just this week Redbox and Kroger announced the expansion of Redbox kiosks into over 2,600 Kroger grocery stores in the U.S.
And as the competition heats up, that's good news for consumers. As they fight for your business, you'll be rewarded with free rental codes! Here are some now:
BLOCKBUSTER: one-time use only with B1WX9X8 code (expires August 10). Click here for a list of Blockbuster Express locations.
REDBOX: one-time use only with BREAKROOM, DVDONME, 7SD4BWL8 (Stop & Shop only) and DVDATWAG (Walgreen's only) codes. Click here to find a location near you.
- Redbox issues a free code on the first Monday of each month. And EntertainmentBlogger always posts it. So check back!
- New DVD releases for this Tuesday, August 11, include 17 Again and I Love You, Man. Click on the movie titles for mini reviews.