Blockbuster Unveils Movie Kiosks
Blockbuster, Inc., on Wednesday unveiled a prototype for an in-store kiosk that will one day allow for easy downloading of movies, the AP reported. The unveiling came during the company’s annual meeting, where the company’s proposed acquisition of Circuit City was only mentioned in passing.
The kiosks, which will offer movie trailers, recommendations and other tools, will eventually cut the time it takes to download a movie down to 30 seconds, CEO Jim Keyes said during the unveiling. The company is also looking at delivering downloads through set-top boxes, as its chief rival, Netflix, has already begun doing.
On the Circuit City front, Keyes said only that the company is “still in the due diligence stage” of a potential acquisition, and that such a purchase would be an “accelerator” of Blockbuster’s current strategy.