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Where do you get your movie rentals from?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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Movie rental stores are competing with movies on demand, Netflix, and the Red Box, a kiosk in many grocery stores that offers one-dollar rentals. When it comes to movie rentals, the little red machine is getting a lot of attention.

“I prefer going to Red Box because if you’re going to watch a movie, you know I can only watch a movie once and then I’ve seen it so spending a lot of money for rental for a couple days really isn’t worth it for me,” said Michael Farrell of Wilmington.

Red Box is basically a vending machine for movies. Once you choose your movie, you’re going to check out… just swipe your credit card, and the machine will charge you a dollar for every night that you have it rented out, and you can return the movie to any of the Red Box locations.

You can also rent video games for two dollars.

Red Box has its disadvantages. You can’t rent old movies or blu-rays and some new releases aren’t offered, either.

Redbox is the fastest growing movie rental service in the country, which may be part of the reason why Blockbuster’s 2nd quarter earnings were down twenty percent.

But they’re finding new ways to stay in the game. “Blockbuster has a special where you can pay $10 for a week and get as many movies as you want, one at a time, back and forth,” said Ed Rugenstein.

Blockbuster has also created the same kiosk concept as Red Box, called Blockbuster Express. They plan to install 10,000 machines by the end of 2010. They also offer blockbuster online, to stay competitive with Netflix.

Red box is trying to offer a wider selection of new releases. They’re actually suing 20th Century Fox for waiting a month to release their movies, saying it prohibits timely rental access to customers.

Red box is in a similar law suit with Universal.

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Redbox to offer video game rentals in Wilmington area

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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Wilmington | In a release issued Monday, the DVD rental service Redbox announced it will feature video games in addition to new release movies at locations throughout Wilmington. The addition of video games to the kiosks found in supermarkets and megastores is part of a test to gauge consumer interest in game rentals, the company said.

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Update: Employees return to courthouse after bomb threat evacuation

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The New Hanover County Courthouse on Princess Street was evacuated about noon Monday because of a bomb threat. Law enforcement officials searched the building, but found no bomb.About 1 p.m., employees were allowed to return to the building. And members of the public were let back in shortly after that.

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Update: New Hanover courthouse evacuated, no bomb found

Monday, August 17th, 2009

The New Hanover County Courthouse on Princess Street was evacuated about noon Monday because of a bomb threat. Law enforcement officials searched the building, but found no bomb.About 1 p.m., employees were allowed to return to the building. And members of the public were let back in shortly after that.

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Brunswick County Animal Shelter gives OK on adoptions

Monday, August 17th, 2009

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Dog adoptions are back on at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. Adoptions were put on hold last month after two dogs tested positive for distemper, a highly-contagious respiratory disease.

After a visit from the vet and consultations with the health department, animals at the shelter were found in good condition, and adoptions have resumed. That is good news for those in search of a four legged companion.

“She seems good. She was playing around in the room – so we will see,” said James Moore as he adopted a dog from the shelter.

David Swain, Animal Services Director said, “It’s a community based disease and there is nothing we can do about that, but at least we can do everything here with giving them vaccinations.”

Officials said every animal that comes into the shelter will now be required to receive a distemper vaccine.

If you have questions about adoptions or distemper, call Brunswick County Animal Services at 755-6434.

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Dog adoptions are back on at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. Adoptions were put on hold last month after two dogs tested positive for distemper, a highly-contagious respiratory disease.

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