Rejoice, DVD Fans! Rentals Aren't Dead Yet

Rejoice, DVD Fans! Rentals Aren't Dead Yet

May 11, 2017

Hot Fuzz

Let's wax nostalgic for a moment and celebrate the physical side of home video. Even though many of us fondly recall the VHS era, the popularity of DVD players surpassed videocassette recorders back in 2006.

This popularity was reflected in movies like Hot Fuzz (top) and This Means War (below).

This Means War

Blu-ray, originally envisioned as the higher-fidelity successor to the DVD, was fated to survive the zombie apocalypse, according to Warm Bodies (below).

Warm Bodies

But Blu-ray players have not achieved the same popularity as DVD players; the rise of digital streaming has had a large impact over the past few years. Still, 15% of U.S. homes do not have a broadband internet connection and many people have held onto their DVD machines and treasure their collections, which sometimes number into the thousands.

DVD fans will therefore be heartened to hear that DVD-rental service Redbox plans to roll out 1,500 new kiosks across the U.S., according to Variety. More than 40,000 Redbox kiosks are already in place nationwide.

That's a reversal for the company, which retired more than 2,000 kiosks in the last two years. While there's no denying that rental volume has dropped, the daily cost for new movie rentals is still lower than streaming services. The kiosks also have Blu-rays and video games available to rent.

Currently Redbox averages about 39 million rentals monthly. It's certainly not for everyone -- it's tough to beat the convenience of instantly available streaming services -- but it is clearly filling a need for millions of movie lovers to keep up with their favorite pastime.

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