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Well, we knew it was coming. Redbox has now filed a lawsuit against Time Warner’s Warner Home Video unit over the studio’s plan to inhibit the DVD kiosk company from obtaining new release movies as soon as they come out. For those of you keeping track, […]

RedboxLogoWell, we knew it was coming. Redbox has now filed a lawsuit against Time Warner’s Warner Home Video unit over the studio’s plan to inhibit the DVD kiosk company from obtaining new release movies as soon as they come out. For those of you keeping track, this marks the third lawsuit Redbox has filed against a major studio in response to a release window.

There’s been a lot of Redbox news in the past couple of weeks, so rather than rehashing the same language over and over, here’s a handy historical link guide to the ruckus Redbox has been causing in Hollywood:

Aug. 18, 2009: Redbox v. Universal Will Move Forward – Redbox won a small victory in its first case.

Aug. 13: If Warner v. Redbox Was a Movie, It Would Be 28 Days Later – Warner decides it won’t play nice with Redbox.

Aug. 12: Redbox Riles Up the Movie Industry, Files Suit Against Fox – Redbox files its second studio suit over release windowing.

Aug. 11: Lions Gate Jumps Into Redbox Deal – Studios take sides, Lions Gate joins Sony in playing nice with Redbox.

Aug. 6: Fox Goes to War with Redbox – Studio imposes a release window against the kiosk company.

July 23: Netflix Q2 Call: More Streaming, More Redbox – In an earnings call, Netflix reasserts that Redbox is its biggest competitor.

July 22: Redbox Signs Sony to a $460 Million Distribution Agreement – Sony signs up with Redbox, first studio to do so.

Oct. 15, 2008: Redbox Sues Universal – Redbox says the studio broke antitrust laws with its release window.

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  1. Redbox must have some extra cash they want to burn. Biting the hand that feeds is never a good approach.

    TK

    1. Well that hand clearly isn’t feeding it in a timely fashion. And I suspect the courts won’t give a crap about the studios beloved release windows.

      1. I gotta agree with Dave on this one. I don’t see it as biting the hand as much as Redbox sticking to its guns.

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    [...] get a bonus when they hit a certain number of lawsuits but this is getting to be a bit much. Yes, like Chris Albrecht at NewTeeVee, we knew this was coming: Redbox couldn’t sue Universal and Fox over their new [...]

  3. The Redbox VS. Warner Brothers case is now online at the AllRise court – http://bit.ly/421q8d

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  5. Paramount Tries Before it Buys into Redbox Model Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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  8. Netflix Q3: 42 Percent of Subs Streaming, and What’s the Mystery Box? Thursday, October 22, 2009

    [...] come out and say it directly, Hastings seemed to be taking Hollywood’s side in the studios v. Redbox battle that is brewing. Hastings said that if the studios chose to create a “sales only” [...]

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  10. NewTeeVee Live: What’s Next for Redbox in a Post-DVD World Thursday, November 12, 2009

    [...] The business model is so simple, it’s almost shocking that it’s reached such a large scale. In Salt Lake City the company has one kiosk per 3,000 residents and Redbox is installing another kiosk every hour. In terms of content, Cohen, said the company just passed a half a billion movies; it’s done deals with Sony, Lions Gate, Paramount and Disney. But not every content provider wants to be friends with Redbox — the company has been mired in lawsuits. [...]

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