Though hardly the first company to come up with the idea to offer downloads directly at kiosks, Flix on Stix is nonetheless looking to build a business on movie rentals via USB sticks. No firm pricing has been released by the company, but according to a demo video, prices could run $1, $2, $3 and $4 for 3, 6, 9 and 12 days, respectively.
According to Engadget:
“Put simply (or as simply as possible), consumers waltz up to a kiosk, select a TV show, game or movie, and then they choose whether they’d like to purchase or rent the title . . . We’re hearing that users can either bring their own USB stick (USB 3.0 is accepted!) or opt to procure one directly from the machine.”
One major potential downside to this service is wait times. Downloading a full movie, even in standard definition, will not be nearly as swift as just renting a disc a la Redbox. We all know how frustrating it is to be a few people deep in a line at a Redbox—now imagine each of the people in front of you is waiting for a download as well as browsing titles, swiping their card, etc.
Would you patronize a Flix on Stix kiosk, Insiders? Let us know in the comments if you think this new venture will soar or sink.