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Public Media Works (PMW) is an upstart rival to kiosk operators Redbox and Blockbuster Express. The company is planning on installing tens of thousands of kiosks over the next few years, and has already started making deals with major retail groups.

In partnership with Signifi Solutions Inc., PMW has announced the production of the “best-in-class, entertainment kiosk in the marketplace today,”

The new kiosk offers several advantages over BB Express or Redboxes, including the ability for two customers to use the machine at once, higher rental and return speeds, and a capacity of 1,400 discs.

PMW president Greg Waring offered the following on his company’s new machines:

“The combination of these innovative features is expected to result in much higher customer satisfaction as more discs will be available to rent, and people will be able to rent and return much faster than with any other provider in the marketplace . . . The built-in flexibility of the design also allows for the future introduction of high-speed downloading capabilities directly at the kiosks.”

Does PMW and its shiny new kiosk offering pose a threat to Redbox? Will Redbox respond with improved machines of its own?

(via Self Service World)

15 Responses to “Public Media Works Introduces Faster, Larger Kiosks”

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    Ryan [visitor]

    Don’t make the same mistake Blockbuster made and assume no one is going to want change in the marketplace and Red Box should be fine. Red Box already has the premiere retail locations, as long as they don’t rest on their laurels, they’ll maintain their loyal customers.

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    Cheezer [visitor]

    ‘The built-in flexibility of the design also allows for the future introduction of high-speed downloading capabilities directly at the kiosks’…..as long as it is certified virus free….

    Also, if it is ‘more of the same stuff’, I don’t think people will bite. We need something different, newer, flexible…..

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    Vernon Dent [visitor]

    I’d be twice as impressed if the capacity were 14,000 instead of 1,400.

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    tinybrat [visitor]

    A press release doesn’t impress me. They haven’t announced any major signings other than leftovers from Redbox. More technology in their kiosks means more issues to fix. Downloading at a kiosk? Really? Who wants to stand behind someone who is downloading a movie for 5 minutes, not to mention the fact that they will have to pay studios a higher price for streaming/downloading capabilities, so these movies will not be $1, but more likely $3 – $5 a piece.

    On top of it, how much will these kiosks cost to produce compared to NCR’s and Redbox’s? Bigger and better costs a lot more and will require a lot more revenue to pay for them, i.e. higher prices.

    Good luck with that…

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      Joe Schmuck [visitor]

      Sounds like a lot of these start-up kiosk companies issue press releases about their latest & greatest machines coming to the market, but you never really hear anything from them again. Maybe they’re hoping that some other larger, more well known company will swoop in & buy them out.

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    Firstlawofnature [visitor]

    As John Small knows it’s how you use it and not how big it is.

    This company is a joke. Micro cap company that specializes in press releases. They gave a bunch of shares to some grocery association that put some flashy press release out about kiosk installations. No real company would use them.

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    Mike [visitor]

    More movies in the kiosk means more waiting for those of us who know what we want to rent at a given time… Some people decide they have to browse the entire catalog before choosing only one to rent.

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    Jimbo [visitor]

    1,400 discs. That is a huge investment per machine. The payback would be measured in years not months. I welcome new dvd providers. I hope they come to Pittsburgh. We need more competition.

    Also; There are no Redbox loyal customers. It is just the best deal in town. If a better/cheaper rental service moves in the people will use it. People are loyal to the dollar$$$$$$.

    Competition keeps the world going around.

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    Rod [visitor]

    I no longer rent from Redbox for the simple reason I don’t use a cell phone so I can’t receive any free codes. Blockbuster sends them to my E-mail address.

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    Barbara [visitor]

    I also do not use Redbox anymore, as my cell phone isn’t one they can text. I get free codes e-mailed to me by blockbuster–pass 4 Redboxes to get to BB.

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    luvbaja [visitor]

    I’m already using Redbox, and BBE, a lot less since I started getting my movies from my local library. Can check out up to 10 movies at a time, and keep them for a week, and re-new them online up to 5 times, that’s up to 6 weeks all for free. You gotta wait a few weeks for the new releases, but I’m fine with that, for free.

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    Kenneth [visitor]

    1400 discs in one machine? I’d hate to stand behind the person who hasn’t decided in advance what s/he wants to watch and needs to “Browse” through the collection!

    Two customers being able to use the same kiosk at once is useful though, for the same scenario.

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      Joe LittleBear [joe-littlebear]

      I certainally wish that Redbox would act on my suggestion of installing a “drop magazine” which would accept 20 DVDs and then feed them into the machine library at a time when the machine was in stand-by mode…. You “aps” may have gotten faster but the machines got slower…..the only change is that when I hit “continue” it flashes a sign saying to wait until the machine is ready……THWT…..I have places to go and things to do…

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    tlochner

    and the winner is … the company that gets their 1st … they have exclusive rights to all the best places to put a box. maybe there is room for 2 companies.
    but not a 3rd.

    who will be second????
    bb express or some new venture that can get their act together with blu-ray much faster. who knows.

    memory sticks will never make it. what device besides a computer can play a memory stick? that is an idea i will bet against after they run the stock up to 100. damn good short to 0.0. sounds like stock market days of 2000 are back!!! you fools sure know how to let wall st sucker you.

    tony

    ps. redbox/coinstar is not making money at $1 a night rental unless you fools rent it for multiple nights. i sure dont. sure the boxes will survive and prices will go up over time but coinstar stock may not!!! and the kiosk concept is here to stay!