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Gift Cards On Sale At Best Buy

Bestbuy Canada is selling a $60 iTunesicon gift card multi-pack for $55 at their stores, starting today.

The multi-card pack includes four $15 gift cards and this offer will be available until December 24th, 2012. But unfortunately these are not available to purchase online from Bestbuy Canada.

You can send gift cards from iTunesicon itself though.

Trade In Or Upgrade Your DVDs

Best Buy Canada and Future Shop are again accepting your old DVDs in exchange for $5 discounts on select Blu-Ray titles.

Future Shop is also accepting old DVDs and Blu-Rays in exchange for $10 off select 3D Blu-Ray titles.

This offer starts today and ends on November 1st, 2012.

Trade In Your DVDs At Best Buy

Best Buy Canada will be accepting DVDs for $5 towards the purchase of selected titles from July 20th to August 17th, 2012.

I’m hoping to trade in some of my DVDs. But of course I’m only upgrading some of my collection. It’s rather pointless to upgrade DVDs with little to no scenic or special effect content like dramas and mysteries. And I’ve got quite a collection of music video compilations that will probably not be up-converted.

I will probably consider upgrading some of my live concert videos though, like Pink Floyd’s “Pulse” and Queen’s “Live At Wembley ’86”. But I also have a few that I know will require some serious remastering before being released on blu-ray.

BTW, Queen’s Greatest Video Hits, a boxed set that includes both Greatest Video Hits 1 and 2, will be released on DVD on August 28th, 2012.

Rogers Video Ends Renting Services

Rogers Video stores across Canada will no longer rent DVDs or Blu-ray discs tomorrow.

Starting this week this chain will offload their film stock at reduced prices leaving Canadian consumers with very limited options in regards to renting films.

Cable and satellite subscribers will continue being able to rent films on their digital boxes and Canadians with access to high speed connections have access to online film rental services like Cineplex, Cinemanow, iTunes, Netflix and Youtube. But it appears the mail services and kiosks are now the only viable options for people who do not have access to cable, satellite and high speed internet services.

Unfortunately the kiosk services offered by Zip and Best Buy are limited to major cities at the moment, though they will probably expand in response to the demand. And the cable, satellite and high speed internet options remain expensive.

The current rental fee for recent high definition releases on my digital cable service is $7.99. And if I were to rent these films online in 720p I would use an average of about 4 gigabytes worth of usage per film towards my usage limit.

I am hoping that the digital cable rental fee will be reduced in response to public demand. But at the moment I am also testing out The Movie Network and Moviepix as a cheaper alternative, though releases on The Movie Network still appear to be subjected to a considerable delay.

As it stands I appear to prefer Moviepix for the channel’s selection of classic films and will likely subscribe to this service until Bell’s Fibe TV service is introduced to my neighbourhood.

I will probably dabble in online film rentals, within strict limitations, and use Zip.ca‘s services as my main source for newer releases.

As previously reported on this blog, Zip will be expanding their kiosks. And I believe theater companies like Cineplex, Empire and AMC will eventually offer kiosk services in their locations in respond to the demand left by Roger Video‘s departure.

I am also hoping for a national expansion of the Best Buy branded kiosks to Best Buy and Mac’s locations through-out Canada.

Best Buy Wants Lower CD Prices

Billboard reports that Best Buy wants to reduce their CD prices to $9.99 in the states this holiday season but the labels are fighting the $7.25 wholesale price.

Best Buy had reduced the space dedicated to CDs and DVDs in their stores in Canada and the United States.

Best Buy Music Cloud Online

Best Buy‘s Musiccloud service is now online in the states. The cloud service is provided by Catch Media‘s Play Anywhere system, which is compatible with Apple, Blackberry and Android devices.

I have yet to find information related to a Canadian service but the terms and conditions of this service don’t include limitations in regards to use by American residents. I will change this information if I recieve confirmation that Canadians are ineligible for the service.