- The kiosk doesn’t have physical media so it can potentially store millions of movies.
- The kiosk will never run out of a particular movie
- People can play the movies on their netbooks (no dvd drives but SD slots, yes) on the go or on their phones (iPhones need not apply) or cameras (if the media is playable on those) etc.
- A lot of modern DVD players and TVs come with built in SD card readers, I know my Bluray player has one.
- You don’t need to drive back to return the movie. Redbox = $1/night = $4 for 4 nights but this is just $1.99 because never have to return it.
- SD cards go all the way upto 32GB with new 64GB cards just coming out giving you the potential to rent 10 or more movies at a time in HD if the kiosk lets you.
What’s not to like about the idea? Hopefully Blockbuster’s implementation is good to start with.
It seems Blockbuster is trying to throw everything and the kitchen sink at Netflix and Redbox. First the in-store exchanges for online rentals, then not charging extra for BluRay, Redbox style kiosks, acquiring a company for movie downloads (though they are not free like netflix), following Netflix in trying to get Blockbuster’s app on various devices like Tivo and Samsung players and now this.
Hopefully something will work out for them.