Redbox is a company that rents DVDs from thousands of automated kiosks located in supermarkets, convenience stores, drugstores, fast-food restaurants and discount department stores. The idea here is to provide DVD rentals for very little money at places renters would frequent in the course of their daily lives. Redbox is majority owned by Coinstar, the corporation that operates self-service machines where people can exchange coins for bills at tens of thousands of locations.
How Redbox Works
You rent DVDs from redbox at automated kiosks, which are generally located at retail establishments. You can find the locations of their kiosks in your area at the redbox.com Web site.
At a kiosk, you use a touch screen to select a movie, swipe a credit or debit card, and the machine dispenses the DVD. You keep the DVD as many nights as you want. You don't have to return the DVD to the kiosk where you got it — you can return it at any redbox kiosk. If you don't return the DVD within 25 nights, you've bought the disc and rental charges cease.
If you're seeking a specific movie, there is the possibility that when you go to a particular kiosk, the movie won't be available there. If you want to avoid this, you should visit the redbox.com Web site and select your movie there. They will send you an email confirming your rental, and it will be available immediately for pickup and remain available until 9 p.m. But if you don't pick up your DVD by 9 p.m., your card will be charged and the DVD will be released for another customer to rent.
There are several redbox kiosks near where the vast majority of Americans live or work. For them, the low cost and spontaneity of renting DVDs this way may be highly attractive.
However, each kiosk contains at most 700 DVDs spread over no more than 150 to 200 different titles, all popular recent releases. Thus, if it's an offbeat or older title you're looking for, you probably won't find it through redbox.