Redbox's agreement not to offer Warner Bros. movies through its $1-per-night kiosks until 28 days after they go on sale is a victory for the studios, according to the Los Angeles Times, and also gives the Coinstar (CSTR) unit guaranteed access to popular movies. It should help breathe some more life into the physical DVD rental business in the short term, but may end up being only a temporary reprieve in the battle with digital delivery.
And David Pogue's glowing New York Times review of Vudu's DVD streaming service is only more bad news for the physical DVD providers. Vudu no longer manufactures stand-alone boxes. Instead, the same service (actually, an improved one) comes built into TVs and Blu-ray players from other companies: LG and Mitsubishi right now; Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba and Vizio this summer. (Those later companies will also offer Vudu apps: a suite of 100 free Internet services like Pandora, Picasa, Flickr, The New York Times and The Associated Press.)