Posts tagged with Rentals

Airbnb thrives internationally, surpasses 5m nights booked: infographic

Last year, Airbnb, a marketplace that lets individuals rent out their flats and houses to others in a peer-to-peer fashion, raised a staggering $112m in funding. It also found itself in a PR crisis after the apartment of one of its host's apartments was practically torn apart by a guest.

But that apparently hasn't slowed the company's growth.

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TV rentals: will Amazon's pricing trump Apple's brand?

Looking to watch the latest episode of your favorite TV show? Apple wants to rent it to you. Yesterday, the Mountain View-based company unveiled the latest incarnation of Apple TV. And like most of Apple's newest consumer electronics devices, behind the hardware is a business model to move content.

In addition to $4.99 high-definition movie rentals, Apple TV offers up 99 cent rentals of popular television shows from Fox and ABC. But will Apple TV do for television shows what the iPod and iTunes did for music? That may depend on how Apple deals with the competition. If the counter attack Amazon has already launched is any indication, the competition may be pretty fierce.

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YouTube readies experiment with paid rentals

When Google purchased YouTube for $1.65bn in 2006, many questioned whether it could turn YouTube's popularity into a big business.

Just over three years later, the answer appears to be 'maybe'. Google has made a lot of progress building an ad-supported business model for YouTube, but that alone might not be enough if YouTube is to realize its full potential.

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Do cheap rentals hurt DVD sales? We may soon find out

Movie studios think cheap DVD rentals are a major factor in DVD sales that have been on the decline for some time. And now one of those studios, Warner Bros., may have the ability to prove the theory right or wrong.

That's because rental giant Netflix has inked a deal with Warner Bros. under which Netflix won't rent new Warner Bros. releases until they've been on sale for 28 days.

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Could Amazon's Disc+ On Demand rescue DVD sales?

Selling DVDs is a tough business. Just ask movie studio execs, who have watched as digital downloads and cheap rentals have cut into what was once a far more lucrative business. DVD sales started declining years ago and the pace of the decline isn't slowing. In the first half of the year, sales fell more than 13%.

So what's a studio exec to do? Right now, some seem willing to do whatever it takes to beat back the rise of rentals. But perhaps they should instead be having lunch on a regular basis with Jeff Bezos as a new Amazon.com promotion might be worth a look as a new business model.

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