Best Buy to launch branded movie download service
Minneapolis Best Buy Co. said Tuesday that it will launch its own movie download service for consumer electronics sold in its stores.
The retailer said it will soon roll out a movie download service in partnership with Roxio CinemaNow.
The new service, as yet unnamed, will be up and running sometime in the fourth quarter, according to Best Buy.
The retailer is licensing the software and infrastructure from Sonic Solutions’ Roxio CinemaNow service, which has more than 20,000 film titles, mostly new releases, available via its on-demand service.
The software will be available on Best Buy’s Insignia brand of TVs and Blu-ray players, but the retailer is talking to other, bigger name consumer electronics makers about also including the service on its devices.
“We want to make sure it’s difficult to walk out of a Best Buy store without a device that has our movie technology embedded on it,” said Ryan Pirozzi, director of digital video for Best Buy.
CinemaNow content is already available on a variety of devices, and is capable of playback on Mac, PC, and Android platforms, including Hewlett-Packard and Dell laptops as well as LG Blu-ray players. But Best Buy wants more so that it can sell the idea that when you rent or buy a movie through this service, you’d be able to transfer the content to any other device you buy in the store.
It’s part of Best Buy’s strategy to not just sell hardware to customers, which have increasingly small profit margins, but services that get them online and connected to a variety of entertainment sources after they’ve taken the device home.
Best Buy said it also plans to eventually expand the service to include TV shows.
Dollar General honors military on Veterans Day
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General is honoring men and women who have served our country in the military with a special discount on Veterans Day. On Nov. 11, all veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve, and their immediate families will receive a 10% discount at Dollar General with a Veterans Day coupon.
“Dollar General supports military members, veterans and their families,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “We are proud of their service to our country and for the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedom. Dollar General’s Veterans Day discount is our way of thanking these extraordinary men and women.”
Equal pharmacy rewards offered
Kmart and Target this week both sought to gain new pharmacy customers by dangling a $10 gift card in front of those who transfer or have a new prescription filled at their respective pharmacies. Kmart featured its offer on a half-page cover wrap on its circular with “$10” in large red type, while Target featured its offer on page 24 with more of an emphasis on the word “free.” Either approach is likely to be effective, as there are expected to be plenty of new prescriptions to be filled this fall. And even if that’s not the case, the $10 incentive is a pretty powerful considering consumers can realize a net gain of $6 if they use the coupon to fill a generic product on the retailers’ $4 list.