Redbox Suddenly Adds 9 More U.S Cities With 4K UHD Movie Rental Locations
Stephan Jukic – March 10, 2019
Redbox, the movie disc and online subscription-free video-on-demand rental service has announced that its selection of cities in which kiosks for physical rentals of both 4K ultra HD movies (many with HDR as well) and regular HD movies along with DVD discs has more than doubled.9 new cities have been added and It now encompasses a total of 15 U.S markets, all located in major and some minor cities. This is an impressively sudden spurt of expansion considering that until just recently only 6 cities offered Redbox kiosk service.
For fans of hard media content that can be rented cheaply and quickly or VOD downloads that are also cheap to rent without having to sign into a subscription business model, the Redbox service offers a convenient alternative. People who own 4K UHD TVs but lack the necessary internet connectivity to get 4K HDR streaming delivered to them can find an especially useful alternative with the 4K Blu-ray titles available for rental for $2.50 per night.
According to Galen Smith, CEO of Redbox:
“Our customers have spoken – they love the quality of 4K content. We’re happy to make 4K rentals available to even more movie fans, giving them more format choices than ever before so they can make the most of their Movie Night.”
The number of specific markets that now offer Redbox Kiosks consists of the following with the new cities listed in bold:
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Kansas City, Mo.
- Minneapolis, Minn.
- Portland, Ore.
- Reno, Nev.
- San Diego, Calif.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Spokane, Wash.
- Austin, Texas
- Detroit, Mich.
- Los Angeles, Calif.
- Miami, Fla.
- New York City, N.Y.
- Seattle, Wash.
This is still a limited selection compared to all the U.S metropolitan areas NOT hooked into the Redbox kiosk network but it nonetheless represents several tens of millions of potential customers (particularly with the inclusion of NYC and Los Angeles, the two largest metro areas in the country).
All of these markets offer access to Redbox kiosks with DVD, HD Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray disc rental options so their access is pretty much equal on the 4K front –taking aside title availability issues.
Titles available in all formats include major Hollywood blockbusters and numerous other movies. Some recent and upcoming selections in 4K consist of: “Creed II” and “A Star is Born,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” on March 12, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” on March 19 and “Aquaman” on March 26. DVD rentals cost $1.75 per night, HD Blu-ray disc rentals go for $2 per night and 4K UHD HDR disc rentals currently sit at $2.50 per night. Redbox also offers console games for rent through its kiosks. The company also lets customers rent movies through Redbox On Demand for $3.99 per night.
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With the new cities added into the Redbox network, more than 41,500 self-service kiosks are now available nationwide. One unique convenience policy twist on the company’s rental service is that it lets users return movies rented in any one kiosk to any other kiosk. To-date Redbox has handled over 5 billion rentals to customers in the markets it serves.
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