You finally cleaned out that spare room that housed all the junk and sold it on eBay. What to do with the space now? List it for free on AirBed and Breakfast. Then when some weary traveler needs a room for the night you can make a bit of cash. The site lists over 600 cities in 68 countries. Whoever rents the room pays the site a surcharge so everybody is happy. We only had one problem with the concept. Do they screen renters or rentees? No matter. It is worth taking a peek for their video alone.
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Given that the little-two-screened-handheld that could has been topping the sales charts these days, I don’t see why Blockbuster hadn’t thought of this earlier… if current rumors prove true, then the video-rental mega-chain will start renting DS games in the near future. The rental price is rumored to be $4.99 for a week, which isn’t a terrible deal compared with services like Gamefly. Of course, if their DS selection ends up being anything like what I’ve seen for their other console selections, Blockbuster might not be your best bet for getting the latest, hottest games.
Blockbuster stopped renting GBA carts years ago, due to problems with renters removing the chips inside the cartridges and replacing them with less desirable games. However, this seems like something that should be easy enough to test these days (and charge to the credit card of the offender!).
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Today, on the one year anniversary of the Xbox 360, Microsoft has announced the first batch of television and movie titles along with pricing for their video download service. Gamers with either an Xbox Live Silver or Gold account will be able to download video content in either HD or SD formats; those that choose the HD formats will also be able to download the SD format at no charge. Microsoft’s pricing has also been set at the following levels:
|Content Type||High Def||Standard|
|Television Shows||240 Points ($3)||160 Points ($2)|
|New Release Movies||480 Points ($6)||320 Points ($4)|
|Classic Movies||360 Points ($4.50)||240 Points ($3)|
Right now, the selection seems kind of sparse, and a single high definition movie download will take up well over 1/3 of the available space on a stock 20 GB hard drive. Television episode download prices seem in line with iPod download pricing, with a premium for high definition content, but it doesn’t appear that subscription options will be available. Movie download “rental” pricing seems high, particularly compared to mail-delivery based services like Netflix. Having DRM restrictions on the “rental” doesn’t help a lot either.
The full press release continues below.