Movies for Cheap: Is Redbox the New Netflix?

Redbox rentals are fast, convenient and on the rise. Is this the new Netflix?

Renting a DVD from a Redbox kiosk is as easy as getting a Snickers from a vending machine and costs about the same too. The $1-a-night DVDs can be returned to any of Redbox's 22,400 kiosks, which are located in supermarkets, McDonald's, pharmacies and strip-mall parking lots — pretty much anywhere consumers are already headed. My local supermarket has a Redbox kiosk in each entryway, and I sometimes bribe my kids to behave while shopping by promising them we'll rent Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on our way out. Should we fail to return it, the most we'll...

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