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2013-04-01 09:33:20 AM
And this has nothing to do with April Fool's Day.
 
2013-04-01 09:39:42 AM
Nicely done!
 
2013-04-01 09:51:50 AM
The sad part is, I kind of thought it was true. We have laptops, but no DVD player, and I was thinking, hey this isn't a terrible idea. But as I thought about it a bit more, I realized there are slim groups of people that rent movies from Redbox and don't have a dedicated DVD player (or DVD Player/game system)
 
2013-04-01 10:03:40 AM
It would be handy if you were traveling.  Walk across the street from a hotel, rent the gizmo, and plug it into the hotel TV so you don't get hit with $10 PPV movies.
 
2013-04-01 10:05:30 AM
"The Slims achieve their astonishing low weight and thinness through an advanced organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen produced by Necio Technologies, a leading OLED screen developer."
 
Bilingual bonus!
 
2013-04-01 10:23:08 AM
I used to smoke Redbox Slims back in college but they got too pricey.
 
2013-04-01 10:29:01 AM
I uh, yah I got about two paragraphs in looking for the 'yah right!' part before realizing what day it is.
 
Nicely done.
 
2013-04-01 11:48:06 AM

JohnHall: The sad part is, I kind of thought it was true. We have laptops, but no DVD player, and I was thinking, hey this isn't a terrible idea. But as I thought about it a bit more, I realized there are slim groups of people that rent movies from Redbox and don't have a dedicated DVD player (or DVD Player/game system)


Well, the problem is that there's nothing that this would do for you that VuDu doesn't.
 
2013-04-01 12:02:51 PM
I read that as "redtube to rent vaginas"
 
2013-04-01 12:23:55 PM
I might have been fooled if it didn't have its own display. And 16gb of flash memory. And cost 3.99. Meh, nevermind.
 
2013-04-01 01:40:10 PM

JohnHall: The sad part is, I kind of thought it was true. We have laptops, but no DVD player, and I was thinking, hey this isn't a terrible idea. But as I thought about it a bit more, I realized there are slim groups of people that rent movies from Redbox and don't have a dedicated DVD player (or DVD Player/game system)


I recently bought a external CD/DVD player/burner for $80, and it works just fine on my netbook.
 
2013-04-01 02:04:13 PM

meanmutton: JohnHall: The sad part is, I kind of thought it was true. We have laptops, but no DVD player, and I was thinking, hey this isn't a terrible idea. But as I thought about it a bit more, I realized there are slim groups of people that rent movies from Redbox and don't have a dedicated DVD player (or DVD Player/game system)

Well, the problem is that there's nothing that this would do for you that VuDu doesn't.


You can turn on captions on DVDs. That's the only reason I haven't switched entirely to streaming options on my PS3; Amazon Prime Instant, Google Play, and VuDu do not have captions. Thankfully, Netflix does.
 
2013-04-01 02:07:21 PM
The thing that keyed me in was the $.99 credit for returns.

/master detective
 
2013-04-01 02:10:23 PM
Redbox's streaming service is apparently real, though. Has anyone tried it?
 
2013-04-01 02:39:20 PM
I remember when people actually did rent VCRs, those big top loaders with actual knobs on them.
 
2013-04-01 03:23:11 PM
Here I was thinking, "You idiots have such a great thing going and you do this?  W...T...F?!"  Then my relatively dim bulb lit up.
 
2013-04-01 03:42:46 PM
It took over a minute for the "Red Box to sell lunchmeat" one to sink in, damnit.
 
2013-04-01 06:13:56 PM
There was nothing nicely done about this. If the dumbitters headline was actually correct then I could see some kind of cheap dvd player, infact I am kind of surprised that in this day and age we havn't seen a minimalistic dvd player. All the electronics to read and output playback a dvd can be in a laptop slimdrive. Cut some of the disc covering off and reinforce the drive arm and you could make something that folds up.

Anyways.. as soon as it started spouting a HD tablet with gigs of memory that you could recycle, I knew it was instant BS.
 
2013-04-01 07:09:54 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: Redbox's streaming service is apparently real, though. Has anyone tried it?


I got a notice that I had free Month's subscription to it so I downloaded it onto the Xbox.

Only to find that they were charging for movies. Not an April Fools joke there. Some might be free in there, but paying anything for a library that is only a fraction of Netflix seems ridicilous. The newer titles were about $5 to view, but the older one were closer to $2.

They'll continue to the occasional DVD rental from me, but nothing for streaming.
 
2013-04-01 09:22:59 PM

Hand Banana: I remember when people actually did rent VCRs, those big top loaders with actual knobs on them.


Yeah. I was a very young kid and of course movie night was the highlight of the week. I recall my asshole dad making me lug it out the door and across the parking lot. They were packed in their own suitcase-style case, so at least it had a handle. Those things weighed a farking ton, like all equipment from the 80s.
 
2013-04-01 11:49:12 PM
You can buy an external ASUS USB 2.0 CD/DVD SDRW for $30 from Newegg. Just saying.
 
2013-04-01 11:53:56 PM
Still waiting on news of their streaming service...
 
2013-04-02 09:26:45 AM

Fonaibung: meanmutton: JohnHall: The sad part is, I kind of thought it was true. We have laptops, but no DVD player, and I was thinking, hey this isn't a terrible idea. But as I thought about it a bit more, I realized there are slim groups of people that rent movies from Redbox and don't have a dedicated DVD player (or DVD Player/game system)

Well, the problem is that there's nothing that this would do for you that VuDu doesn't.

You can turn on captions on DVDs. That's the only reason I haven't switched entirely to streaming options on my PS3; Amazon Prime Instant, Google Play, and VuDu do not have captions. Thankfully, Netflix does.


It must just be the app for PS3.  VuDu does have captions when you use the web app (just tried with the movie Brave).  I am pretty sure that I saw them on my Roku, too.
 
2013-04-02 09:37:38 AM

D_PaulAngel: B.L.Z. Bub: Redbox's streaming service is apparently real, though. Has anyone tried it?

I got a notice that I had free Month's subscription to it so I downloaded it onto the Xbox.

Only to find that they were charging for movies. Not an April Fools joke there. Some might be free in there, but paying anything for a library that is only a fraction of Netflix seems ridicilous. The newer titles were about $5 to view, but the older one were closer to $2.

They'll continue to the occasional DVD rental from me, but nothing for streaming.


Wait, they have a monthly fee plus a rental fee?  And they hope to compete against VuDu and Flixter, how?
 
2013-04-02 05:49:58 PM

meanmutton: D_PaulAngel: B.L.Z. Bub: Redbox's streaming service is apparently real, though. Has anyone tried it?

I got a notice that I had free Month's subscription to it so I downloaded it onto the Xbox.

Only to find that they were charging for movies. Not an April Fools joke there. Some might be free in there, but paying anything for a library that is only a fraction of Netflix seems ridicilous. The newer titles were about $5 to view, but the older one were closer to $2.

They'll continue to the occasional DVD rental from me, but nothing for streaming.

Wait, they have a monthly fee plus a rental fee?  And they hope to compete against VuDu and Flixter, how?


That's certainly how it came across to everyone in the room. We were all stunned that that was their plan. I hope I'm wrong, but even then their system didn't come across as the least bit intuitive.

So I really can't see how they hope to compete with any of the online services.
 
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