Redbox Environmental Analysis Essay

1396 WordsNov 5, 20106 Pages
The company I have chosen to do the external environment scan is Redbox. Redbox is in the movie rental business via self service kiosks. Redbox is wholly owned subsidiary of Coinstar Inc. Laws and Regulations: There are some specific laws and regulations under which the movie rental business like Redbox should operate. But due to the growing popularity of renting videos through mail, online and kiosks, most of these laws will probably have to change or modified to fit the new way of people renting and watching movies. Age of Renters – This law for who can rent specific videos follow the same guidelines set by Motion Picture Association of America. These guidelines are based on their content, language, sexuality, violence and…show more content…
The survey also concluded that 42% of Redbox’s active customer base is renting more DVDs than before Redbox entered this industry. This model can be win-win situation for Redbox, movie studios and most importantly the customers. There are some other issues like Piracy which prevail in the entertainment industry which estimated cost the US economy $20 billion per year. Piracy prevents the people in this industry to not get their full royalty for their intellectual talents. Suppliers The main suppliers for the Redbox and other movie rental business are the movie production houses which own the copyrights of the movies produced by them. Three major studio houses 20th Century Fox, Warner Brox and Universal separately refused to sell DVDs to Redbox atleast 28 days after their arrival in stores. Other major studio houses, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate signed distribution deals with Redbox. Since Redbox’s business model largely relies on new releases, “windowing” of new releases by the three studios may make Redbox’s business model unviable. Redbox responded by filing lawsuits with three claims against these companies - copyright misuse, tortuous interference and antitrust claims. In August 2009, a federal judge rejected the first 2 claims but allowed the antitrust claim to continue. Earlier this year, Redbox dismissed the lawsuits and reached and agreement

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