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The day may soon come when the only Blockbuster logos you see will be on little blue NCR-owned boxes. As BB’s brick-and-mortar business craters, NCR’s Blockbuster Express kiosks continue to expand towards a stated goal of 10,000 installed blue boxes by the end of the year. NCR will be adding another 500 kiosks to that tally by installing the boxes in QuikTrip convenience stores in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Whether the blue boxes will be replacing Redboxes is not yet clear, according to Home Media Magazine. The site does report, however, that “NCR has made no secret of its efforts to outbid Redbox when attractive high traffic retail locations become available.”

Speaking about his company’s business model, NCR Entertainment president Alex Camara said the following:

“[Disc] capacity is a benefit for us, and we have digital signage on kiosks that retailers appreciate because it helps them market and promote DVD rentals . . . [Kiosk rental] is a very low margin business. We only make money by renting lots of movies. It is a volume business.”

Will Blockbuster Express continue to survive and expand if (when) Blockbuster Video locations cease to exist, Insiders? How closely do you think Redbox is paying attention to the actions of its nearest rival in the kiosk business?

(via Home Media Magazine)

49 Responses to “Blockbuster Express Kiosks Coming to 500 QuikTrip Stores”

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    justme [visitor]

    BB Express has had kiosks in the dfw area Quiktrips for 6 or 7 months now. I started renting from them the very first week they started putting them in my area which was in January of this year. I rent from them all the time now since Redbox has become so stingy with their codes. BB Express still has a quite a few codes and Redbox has almost none. If BB Express can hang in there and not go bankrupt then Redbox will definitely have something to worry about because people know the name and they will rent from them just because of the name.

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      AC [visitor]

      In response to Redbox being stingy with their free codes…they have to make money so stop being so cheap and pay the $1.25 to rent the movie…they do have to make money to stay in business to offer consumers a great price for movie rentals. If your loyalty only relies upon the free codes, Blockbuster will only offer them for so long as well.

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        justme [visitor]

        First of all, don’t tell me what to do, you’re not my boss! Secondly, they are only $1 in my area (too bad for you!). As far as loyalty goes, my loyalty is to no one. I will rent from whoever has the best deal and gets the new releases the quickest. Right now that’s BB. And as I’ve already stated in a previous post, BB will eventually quit giving out codes also and when they do I’ll gladly pay the dollar for a movie, but why not use BB’s free codes until then? When the smoke clears and all is said and done I will probably rent from Redbox as long as they have the new releases when I want them. If they don’t I’ll probably rent from both of them to get the movies I want. In any case, it’s really none of your business what I do, you act like you have a personal stake in Redbox. Maybe you should rent the same movies 3 or 4 times or keep each movie for 3 or 4 days so they can “make money”, since you’re so “loyal”! You have a wonderful day and keep paying that $1.25 per movie…LOL!!

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    Vernon Dent [visitor]

    “Somehow Toto… I have a strange feeling we’re not in”:

    Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

    What’s the kiosk tally now?

    The nearest bluebox is still a 10-mile round trip farther away then any convenient redbox.

    When, oh when, will Alex Camara and NCR/Blockbuster get off the decaf and start a *real* build-out.

    How about deals with: Rite-Aid, Seven Eleven, Exxon, Sears/K-Mart, Burger King? The list is endless!

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      Farva [visitor]

      I have seen Redboxes at 7-11s and some Super K-Marts so you can scratch those off your list for potential NCR deals.

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      justme [visitor]

      When I do a search for BB kiosks in my area, there are 60 in a 15 mile radius where I live. One of them is only one mile away, another only 2.2 miles away.

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      tinybrat [visitor]

      If you were any of those places, would you want to partner with a company who was about to file for bankruptcy?

      Rite-Aid would be a good match, they are on the top of the list for 2010 of stores most likely to file bankruptcy too.

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        Vernon Dent [visitor]

        Where does NCR/Blockbuster go?

        Why can’t retailers hosting redboxes host blueboxes as well? Is there an exclusive? How many have seen a Coke machine next to a Pepsi?

        How does Camara get to 10,000 kiosks? Is it just hyperbole?

        One of the Burger Kings near several redboxes just closed and the building razed.

        I know that if there are more kiosks vendors, renters will benefit.

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          tinybrat [visitor]

          I’m sure there is an exclusive contract, just like you can’t have two rental businesses in the same strip mall. Besides, with redbox at $1 and blockbuster at $1.99, which one do you think would get used?

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            justme [visitor]

            Uh BB Express is $1 also!

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            rb [visitor]

            Months ago I emailed my local Sheetz when a BBExpress would be put in as it seemed BBExpress was being put in all the Sheetz gas/convenient stores around 15 miles or more from me. Got an email one would be in by April 2010. Just emailed them as to why no BBExpress was ever put in my local Sheetz and just got email response that once they checked into or applied for it, it was against my city’s ordinance to have one at the locality of this Sheetz. Wonder if it was against city ordinance for my local Sheetz because we already have around 10 rental kiosks (all Redbox) within 2 miles!

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        firstlawofnature [visitor]

        Camara should forgot about 10,000 and start worrying about making money. NCR’s business will have lots of troubling scaling given lower revenues per kiosk and a fee off the top to the bankrupt blockbuster. They should stick to making ATMs and check-in kiosks for others.

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        starman15317

        Don’t worry rb, they aren’t that great. I always feel like a traitor whenever I use BB Express (which isn’t often)

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    jgantert

    Still not many Blockbuster Express’s near me. Only 2, but both are about 4 miles away in the MD area. I don’t see they taking over Redbox anytime soon.

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    okcmills [visitor]

    Living only a couple of miles from QT HQ, I was a bit surprised by this news. Redbox has blanketed the areas Walgreens and Walmarts for some time but not a single bluebox in the Tulsa metro area.

    However if there’s anything we have more of than churches in the bible belt, its QuikTrips… I’m disappointed that QT is banking on (IMHO) the losing team. As someone already stated, they’ve been in TX for some time – but still not here. Maybe QT has realized that Redbox has already established a pretty solid foothold here in Green Country and will keep the riffraff out! :-) Let that BB ship sink, baby!

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    tinybrat [visitor]

    Blockbuster has been officially delisted from the NYSE today. Not sure why these stores would want to partner up with BB, but I’m guessing Redbox passed on these locations previously, and quiktrip just wanted ‘something’ in their stores so they settled for NCR/BB.

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      firstlawofnature [visitor]

      A good point but they are really partnering w/ NCR. The brand that the kiosks are reliant upon though might be owned by someone else inside of 30 days. Maybe they’ll be called direct tv express by September.

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    tlochner

    bb express rules!!! they are going to take over redbox! 20 kiosks in less than 1 year! sure there can be more and there will be!!!!
    redbox stopped free codes and stopped free movie rentals except 1 per month and you still pay .15 a text, to sve a buck .. lol,,
    blue free movies every day!
    … and never invest in any of these, like they said, low margin business

    tony

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      justme [visitor]

      I agree with you Tony, but don’t think BB Express won’t cut out the codes eventually too. Once they become established they will cut out the codes just like Redbox has done. But for now I am renting from them like crazy because of all the free codes and they get most movies way before Redbox does!

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      tinybrat [visitor]

      You r kidding, right? 20 kiosks in less than a year is right. I’m sure you meant something different, but the keyboard doesn’t lie. Check it out dude, redbox has 25,000 kiosks according to their site, ncr has what, 2,000 or so, plus the dvdplay machines they bought? They announced a deal to put in 500 in QT, ok, but how long will that take? 3 months? redbox will have another 3,000 by the time bb has these 500 installed.

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        Consumer [visitor]

        NCR has been moving quite quickly this year. I think they are up to over 6,000 to 6,500 kiosks by the end of July. Redbox will be around 25,300 by the end of the month.

        Don’t let the Blockbuster branding fool you. These NCR kiosks are a reasonable alternative to Redbox in most markets. And as we have seen with Redbox, if NCR can price match and provide the same titles and similar convenience it will be the first real competition Redbox has faced.

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    justme [visitor]

    I take back what I said the other day about BB Express being competition for Redbox. BB Express will NOT have a business if they continue to do what they are doing! They have charged me for an extra night on the last two movies I’ve rented when I returned them both an hour early (one at 8:04 pm and the other at 8:21 pm). And yes they were both returned after one day, not two. I called them about the first time and they said it would be credited to my account in 3 to 5 business days, that was 6 days ago and still no credit to my account! The 2nd one was last night. I’m going to call them today about it and it won’t be a polite conversation if you know what I mean!

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      John Small [visitor]

      OMG. You need to start a class action lawsuit!

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        justme [visitor]

        Yeah, and you need to bite me you little punk! You wouldn’t like it if they did it to you so why don’t you just shut the hell up and quit spewing all the anti-redbox comments, and for that matter all the negative comments period, which seem to be the only comments you can make on here! Oh, and by the way, do you still have that gun? If so, why don’t you use it on yourself and make this site and the world in general a better place!

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          John Small [visitor]

          You have a lot of pent up hostility. You might want to talk to someone about that, son. If you leave it unchecked you will likely regret it.

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            justme [visitor]

            No “Dad”, my only hostility is for aholes like you that stick their noses where they don’t belong and can’t think of a single POSITIVE thing to say about anyone or anything. NO ONE asked you to comment about my original post, but of course YOU did, and of course it was a smart-ass NEGATIVE comment! Didn’t your parents teach you “if you don’t have anything positive to say don’t say anything at all”? Oh, that’s right, then you couldn’t say anything at all could you? And then you wouldn’t feel like a big man posting important comments. Like I said before, your name is SMALL for a reason! You should really get a life or “you will likely regret it”.

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            John Small [visitor]

            You are a laugh riot, son. My apologies if I have put a bee in your bonnet. Your response, in regards to the BBE experience, sounded much like the other lawsuits that have been filed. You were getting yourself all worked up over a tiny little thing. Seriously, if you are going to blow a gasket over an extra $2.00 I’m not sure how you are going to survive in this world.

            As for me being negative all the time? I think you have trouble reading my posts. Most of the time I am very neutral and just reporting the facts. Now, I will admit that the facts generally look very negative towards Redbox but that simply is not my fault.

            It seems to me this site is used to post information about Redbox. If you want only the cheerleading info, then I feel sorry for you.

            Just remember, this is America. We have freedom of speech. You can dislike what I say but I’m going to say it anyway. So take a deep breath, count to 10 and just relax, son. Things aren’t as bad as they seem.

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            justme [visitor]

            You’re pretty hilarious too Dad. As usual you miss the big picture. Yes, $2 is not that much money, but what if they continue to do that, say for a year? That could end up being $100.00 dollars or more since I rent a lot of movies. Ever heard the saying ” give them an inch and they’ll take a mile”? My point was that’s just bad business and that’s no way to run a company, don’t you agree? Or would you not mind if a company continually bilked you out of a dollar at time? If that’s the case then I don’t know how YOU survive in this world. I survive just fine in this world, partly because I don’t allow people to take advantage of me. There was a scam just recently where some “fake companies” were taking only pennies or sometimes a little more out of people’s credit cards and the majority of the people didn’t even notice because the amount was so small. But the “fake companies” raked in millions! As far as you being negative all the time and presenting “just the facts”, that’s just it you never do present ANY facts, your opinion is not “facts”. I’ve seen people call you out all the time to back up your opinions with facts and you NEVER do! My main point is I wasn’t asking for a response from anyone about the BB Express comment, and certainly not from you! I was just trying to inform people to watch out for this, but you had to add your usual smart-ass NEGATIVE comment! Yes, this is America, the best country in the world and I too have freedom of speech and I will voice it whenever I feel like it whether YOU like it or not also. What I really don’t understand is why you troll this site looking for ways to put down Redbox. If you don’t like Redbox why don’t you just quit coming here? You’re not fooling anyone with your negative comments anyway, at least not us smart ones, we know the score.

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            John Small [visitor]

            Ah, but you see, it is not that I don’t like Redbox. It is just that their current business model is unsustainable. If they would smarten up and raise their prices then I would be far more supportive of them.

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        The Situation [visitor]

        Ok, I will even admit that comment was hilarious. Much credit given John Small. If you (others) don’t think that was funny, than you have a poor sense of humor.

        The other funny part is that he flipped out after 6 days. If a company says something will be done within 3-5 business days, that is actually up to 7 days, as Saturday and Sunday don’t count. Throw in the 5th of July in this case for the holiday for banks and it takes 8 days. Common sense…..

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          The Situation [visitor]

          The comment about the lawsuit, I didn’t realize how far down this went.

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          justme [visitor]

          Oh really wiseguy? Well that IS funny, because when I called them about it they credited my account the very same day as they charged it! (On the second movie). Sounds like you don’t know what YOU’RE talking about, and I find that absolutely hilarious! So I guess the “SITUATION” is, YOU have no common sense! And if you don’t find that funny I guess you have no sense of humor either! Also, everyone on here knows John Small is a total jerk, and if you don’t realize that than you’re an IDIOT!

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            John Small [visitor]

            Holy cow kid. Take a ritalin and relax.

            Did you really think BBE was going to steal your pennies and not give you a credit?

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            The Situation [visitor]

            You apparently haven’t read my other posts, this one was actually complementary to John Small for once.

            Common sense is to be rational and not flip out over $2.00, but that’s just me. Chances are that refund you obtained just happened to go through the day you called anyways.

            John Small isn’t a jerk, he’s just lonely. (Again with the sense of humor)

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      piglets [visitor]

      Hey Guys, don’t waste your time going back and forth. I don’t know either of you, but can tell you that when I’m told I’ll pay X for something, then charged a 100% mark up, I’m not pleased at all. Mostly, I have to spend/waste time calling/emailing to get back something of mine that should have never been taken. That’s up setting at any level. Justme is right to be upset, but no point in giving it to them on your next call, since you won’t speak to the same person or someone that had anything to do with the charge. I want BB or ANY company to put in boxes in MN, to keep redbox in line. It will keep both companies in line, I’d think. I’d ask how I could be charged at all, when it was returned, it’s something that’s a problem and needs to be corrected. Redbox offered free rental when you rented 2, in May and June. Never came through with that. I emailed them, they made up a general email with requirements needed, which I met. Scam. But it didn’t cost me ( I’m renting either way), as to extra charges on my credit card. I do get tired of companies not doing what they promise. As to the ‘Small’ remark about the lawsuit, it shouldn’t bother you, my Mother alway’s said; consider the source. Let’s hope BB just need to get their wheels greased, if I recall, reboxed had the same problems when they started. Sadly, you will have to call them again, asking when your credit will show, ask for a free code for your troubles. You need to keep them honest. I feel the same as another, if they can get away with it, they will. I mean, really what’s $2, right, we won’t care? Well, to me that’s the wrong attitude to have in any business. We need to stick together. It’s seems someone with a small attitude, requires no comment back, we can see, it just makes them small to go on and on about something that had nothing to do with them.
      If you want to leave a small comment, go ahead, I won’t justify it with a response.
      Hey everyone, enjoy the movies, enjoy the summer!

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    Hannah [visitor]

    The Redbox Kiosk at my local Dominick’s in the western suburbs here in IL was replaced (yes, actually REPLACED) by a BBExpress Kiosk. Also, I just saw a BBExpress Kiosk at my local Speedway Gas Station. Seems BBE is expanding, that’s for sure…

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      road trip [road-trip]

      Actually, the kiosk that the BBExpress kiosk replaced was one that NCR picked up when the purchased DVDPlay.

      So basically, Blockbuster/NCR just replaced their own kiosk.

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    pootroot [visitor]

    Good for you JUSTME. Usually Johnny Small likes to harass FIRSTLAWOFNATURE. Keep up the good work JUSTME. As for BBs, if what I heard about them is true they will either not make it or have to change one thing. I heard that they have a large screen and people can watch a clip of the movies they want to rent. If that is true then I sure don’t want to get behind someone who did not come there to rent a certain movie but will run through all of the clips of all of the movies before he or she decides which one to rent.

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      John Small [visitor]

      You’ve got things all vicey-versey there ol’ pootroot.

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        starman15317

        Hey John Small, suicide is legal, at least in your case. Why don’t you take advantage of that?

        Why do you want Redbox to raise their prices but not BB Express? Appearently, you like paying high prices for movies…

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          The Situation [visitor]

          Starman, you seem like a good guy, but honestly it’s obvious that John Small is just a big talker with no walking. He’s got everything in the world to say except when he’s challenged by someone who’s smarter than him and then he ignores posts, avoids numbers, and can’t provide any proof.

          To conclude, if you dislike Redbox, I can respect that, if you can give a logical reason why other than “They don’t charge enough.” and provide some actual facts instead of ones you make up or find on wikipedia I would be ok with that. This will never happen in regards to the Smallster.

          John Small secretly loves Redbox, he loves Redbox so much, you can say he bleeds Red.

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          John Small [visitor]

          BBE will have to raise their prices as well. Did I say somewhere they shouldn’t?

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            The Situation [visitor]

            Yet are you on their site talking a bunch of crap? Your bias shows once again John. Your flaws are becoming abundantly clear.

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    Sunfrog [visitor]

    If they price their movies the same they can wipe Redbox out in 3 years. BB can rent new releases and Redbox can’t. That’s a huge advantage that renders Redbox useless as a first choice. Blockbuster needs to roll out as many kiosks as they can like gangbusters to take advantage of the huge mistake by Redbox.

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    mldbb2 [visitor]

    I just tried a blockbuster kiosk for the 1st time, always use redbox. It took me 4 times longer to complete a transaction on blockbuster. I will never use it again. I am back to redbox for good.