Redbox bets DVD rental kiosks are making a comeback


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Redbox has spent years trying to reduce its dependence on disc rentals, and not without reason. You don't have much as incentive to rent from a kiosk when online video (including from Redbox) is just a heartbeat away. That doesn't mean the company is giving up on the idea, though -- in fact, it just made a fresh commitment to the concept. CEO Galen Smith has revealed that Redbox will add a net total of 1,500 new DVD kiosks across the US, and will add more still in 2018. Don't think of this as an attempt to pretend the internet doesn't exist, mind you. Instead, it's about a smarter use of resources.

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I think renting DVDs, Blu-Rays, and game disc can be better for people who rarely watch movies and TV at home. There are also some movies are not available on Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube because of licensing problems where the website does not have a license to stream the movie.

Plus, the internet is can still be slow when there are a lot of internet users using the same connection to play games, download files, and watch live video. Many ISP are still too slow, and can't deliver a constant 5 Mbps download speed which is needed for smoothly streaming videos in real-time. Plus, those bandwidth caps of 200GB and less makes it difficult to stream a few movies everyday without going over your cap, and paying more money to buy more bandwidth data.
As long as its easy to get, I think they have a market for it. Specially on days when the internet is slow/down.