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Redbox adds video games to 5,000 more kiosks

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2011

Redbox has announced that it will add video game rentals to an additional 5,000 kiosks starting August 1st. The company announced last month that game titles for the Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Wii would be added to 16,000 more redbox kiosks by the end of June, and the total after this next round of additions will approach 27,000.

Redbox owns and operates about 33,000 rental kiosks around the country, and the company did not indicate if or when video games might be added to the remaining 6,000 kiosks that will not have them. All games carried in redbox kiosks are $2 per night.

Blockbuster Kiosks Face Same 28 Day Wait As Netflix

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2010

Blockbuster has confirmed that its Express kiosks will have to wait 28 days before getting new movies from Warner Bros. to rent, even though they have recently tested same-day launches. The company made the move in an effort to have closer contact with Warner Bros. and to lower distribution costs.

The company already has similar deals with Fox and Universal. This news means that Blockbuster’s kiosks are now in the same position as Netflix, which also is restricted by the 28 day wait to ensure access to major titles for physical rentals and online streaming.

Blockbuster Express Kiosks test $2.99 a night rentals

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on December 8th, 2010

Poor Blockbuster will try anything to keep up with Netflix. With movie studios keeping new release DVDs and Blu-ray discs out of instant rentals for 28 days after release, Blockbuster has come up with a way to hopefully bolster DVD/BD sales.

Some studios have relaxed those terms a bit as the DVDs for Warner Bros’ Inception and 20th Century Fox’s Knight and Day are being offered by NCR’s Blockbuster Express kiosks, rented for a $2.99/night rate. Will it pay off?

Flix on Stix video-rental kiosks would replace DVDs with USB drives

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on December 4th, 2010

Flix on Stix is looking to take on Redbox by making DVD rentals available on USB memory drives. Flix on Stix would allow renters to either rent at a Flix on Stix kiosk with their own memory drive or get one from the kiosk. The company is hoping to start service within the next several months and they plan to grow to 20,000 kiosks in a year.

The touchscreen kiosk will let users select the movie, pay with a credit card, and then insert their own or get a provided USB drive for their rental. The company says that USB 3.0 drives can take as little as 14 seconds for transferring the file and USB 1.0 drives can take as long as 6 minutes. Pricing varies by the number of days you want to rent, and after the rental period expires the video will delete itself.

Redbox testing game rentals at kiosks across the US

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

Looks like Redbox will start renting out video games at DVD rental kiosks across the US this month, expanding on some earlier tests in limited markets, while trying to outdo its main competitor Netflix, which doesn’t offer video games at all.

The company is currently expanding their test, which started in 2009, to include more markets in the West, Midwest and Atlantic coast. They are trying to gauge consumer interest in video game rentals. You’ll be able to get games for the PS3, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and Nintendo DS.

Pepsi Dream Machine Kiosks gives points for recycled bottles

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2010

Pepsi and Waste Management are teaming up for the Dream Machine, a computerized recycling bin that gives out points for returned bottles. The internet-connected kiosks will be installed in stadiums, parks, and gas stations and will award recyclers redeemable points for every bottle returned.

That’s pretty cool. It’s not clear what the recycling points will be redeemable for, but it will encourage recycling in a big way and that’s always a good thing.

Microsoft to bring Xbox 360 kiosks to hospitals

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2008

Microsoft to bring Xbox 360 kiosks to hospitals
Recently Microsoft announced a new partnership with the non-profit organization Companions in Courage, an organization dedicated to supporting families with children who are dealing with life-threatening medical conditions. As partners, Microsoft will be supplying hundreds of single Xbox 360 kiosks to children’s hospitals across the nation.

Some have already been installed at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, the Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center of Seattle and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, California. The kiosks won’t just feature games, but TV shows and movies as well, plus they’ll be connected to each other with a special version of the Xbox LIVE network. That will allow kids from one hospital to interact and play games with kids from another. If you like, you can be a part of the project too. Help bring more 360 kiosks to other hospitals by visiting the Companions in Courage website at http://cic16.org and making a donation. It’s a great way to help these kids out.

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