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Blockbuster to deploy DVD vending machines


August 5, 2008
By Administrator
Aug. 5, 2008, Dallas, Texas – Blockbuster Inc. and NCR Corp. will be putting out 50
automated kiosks that provide DVD rentals as a pilot program that could
result in 10,000 kiosks within 18 months.

Aug. 5, 2008, Dallas, Texas – Blockbuster Inc. and NCR Corp. will be putting out 50
automated kiosks that provide DVD rentals as a pilot program that could
result in 10,000 kiosks within 18 months.

Blockbuster, the video
rental chain, and NCR, the maker of ATMs, have previously announced
plans to deploy kiosks. In their Monday release, they did not say where
the first kiosks would be located.

Several smaller companies,
including McDonald's Corp. subsidiary Redbox Automated Retail LLC, have
deployed thousands of automated DVD rental kiosks in grocery stores,
drug stores and McDonald's restaurants.

The Blockbuster-branded
kiosks will initially only provide rentals, but could in the future
also sell DVDs and video games, or accept downloads of new content.

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Blockbuster
showed off a downloading kiosk in May that could transfer movies to a
portable media-playing device from Archos. The first two of those
machines are expected to be installed in two Dallas stores this summer.

"This
initial rollout provides consumers increasingly convenient access to
their favourite movies and is one more step in the fulfilment of our
mission to transform Blockbuster into a multi-channel provider of media
entertainment," said Blockbuster CEO Jim Keyes.


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