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Friday, June 02, 2006

`Hollywood, retailers eye movie download kiosks'

Reuters has an interesting piece about putting kiosks in stores that would burn DVDs on demand. Sue Zeidler writes:

    In a bid to preserve shelf space and fight slowing DVD sales, major retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT - news) have held talks with Hollywood's studios to develop kiosks where consumers can copy movies and TV shows onto DVDs and devices, industry executives said.


    Installing video-burning kiosks in retail stores would help counter the slowing growth in the $24 billion home DVD market, executives said.


Yes, the DVD is a convenient format... but you also have to wonder whether these kiosks might also be capable of downloading a file directly to a video iPod or other portable media player. Which would you rather do?

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