Thursday, October 11, 2001

What's the Buzz?

Free video rental for online users

        Blockbuster Inc. is offering one free movie rental to Tristaters who try out the video chain's new online reservations system.

        The 51 Blockbuster stores in Greater Cincinnati are the company's first east of the Mississippi to offer customers the option of reserving a movie on its Web site before picking it up.

        If the movie is available, customers can pay for it online using a credit card.

        Blockbuster stores in Austin, Texas; Denver; and San Diego were the first to roll out the reservation system. All stores will use it in 2002.

        Blockbuster said a survey showed that 72 percent of video renters would probably or definitely reserve movies online if they could.

— James McNair

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