Redbox parent Coinstar
It filed a lawsuit against News Corp.'s
Coinstar already has a similar suit against General Electric's
Who is right? The legal system is going to have a lot of serious chewing to do, because both sides have legitimate beefs.
Studios fear that the value proposition of $1 rentals will eat into actual purchases.
You see this beyond Redbox. Netflix
If rentals can be had for a buck, why pay $17 for a new DVD? Why even rush to a multiplex to see it months earlier?
Coinstar also has a legitimate gripe. If Blockbuster
This is going to be an interesting battle. I just hope that the studios realize that they are simply delaying the inevitable. As physical platforms give way to the broader acceptance of digital delivery, they'll all be toast. Movie prices will fall, and physical kiosks will be harder sells.
Where do you stand on this legal tussle?
- Coinstar will win. Redbox should have access to all titles.
- The studios will prevail. They shouldn't be forced to sell to a steep rental discounter.
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