The total number of DVD and Blu-Ray movie rentals last year reached $5.65 billion in America; however this is a 3.4% drop from the previous year. In contrast, the amount of DVD and Blu-Ray rentals via touch screen kiosks has grown by an astonishing 28%. According to the Vice President of Home Entertainment at Rentrak, David Paiko, the major growth area for disc rentals in Q4 last year was the kiosk channel.
Consumers have many choices when it comes to renting videos for both digital and physical media but a kiosk can help by giving the independence of being able to rent without the aid of a human. This fundamental reason is why touch screen technology is becoming more and more popular because consumers’ needs have evolved with the present times and many now prefer to use machinery rather than be interrupted by staff personnel. In more news about kiosks and DVD rentals, it has emerged that Redbox are becoming even more dominant in the kiosk DVD rental market. The only company that posed any kind of threat to Redbox was NCR and since Redbox has bought the NCR Blockbuster Express network of DVD kiosks, it can be suggested that there is no longer a threat to the company. Renting movies from a kiosk in a retail outlet is just one of many features of the touch screen technology.
The UK could be seeing the end of memory cards and flash devices with the upgrade that is set to arrive for photo kiosks. For any consumers in the UK who are looking to print photos which are on their smart phones, they may soon be able to print straight from their phone thanks to Near Field Communications (NFC). According to a post at the NFC Times, the Fujifilm group in the UK are planning to introduce NFC technologies into its SmartPix photo kiosks so that consumers with a smartphone that has NFC technology can quite simply walk up to one of the touch screen kiosks, wave their handset at it and then begin printing the photos.
In the post, it said that Fujifilm is working with UK based Near Field Solutions in order to develop the “Tap ‘n’ Print” service on the SmartPix kiosks which will be located at various places like supermarkets, camera shops and other retail locations. Initially the plan was to deploy 3,500 units, starting in May, and there are already plans in place to expand the project throughout the rest of Europe. Android enabled smartphones and also BlackBerry handsets that enable NFC have got applications available already and these apps will enable the owner of the handset to quickly pair their phone with the printer and choose which photo or photos they would like to be printed from their handset. There are a number of companies like Barclays, who are starting to use NFC. It can be used for things like paying for something on your card. Printing and ticketing are just a few of the many features of a touch screen kiosk; and if you would like to get a kiosk fitted in your company you should check out our extensive range of touch screen technology.
In a recent story from the Gothenburg Times, the City in Sweden is all ready to set up a number of different touchscreen information kiosks in a local cemetery. All of the touchscreen digital kiosks that are to be installed in the cemetery are meant to print out maps of all of the graveside locations, helping people to find what they’re looking for a lot quicker. The Gothenburg City Council members have approved $10,000 for the cemetery kiosks to be fitted and they have also granted another $10,000 for next year’s budget.
A board member for the cemetery has said that the public are going to have full access to the kiosks, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The board member has also said that the families or family member of the deceased will also have the ability to put pictures or even obituaries on the kiosks for a small fee. This would also turn the kiosk into a source of revenue for the city and the more popular it becomes, the more kiosks could be put up around the other graveyards in the City thus leading to more money that the city will be able to bring in. You can get a touch screen kiosk fitted in your business, whether it is to accept payment or simply navigate the consumers.