Flix on Stix kiosk for movie rentals

Posted By on January 17, 2011

flixonstixThe WSJ This Morning podcast mentioned Flix on Stix, a new kiosk similar to Redbox, as yet another way to rent movies. The self-service kiosk delivers a movie to a USB flash drive which eliminates the need to return the movie. At first look it sounds like a great idea, as after selecting a movie and paying by credit card, it is downloaded to the flash drive and you’re hopefully on your way.

Some issues that I’m visualizing will be the frustration of waiting in line to select and download a movie, only to have technical issues with downloading to the memory stick. I can also imagine the many possible format and quality problems when attempting to play the movie on one of many new devices. Having recently had to stand outside when it was 20 degrees waiting in line behind ‘movie browsers’ to pick up a reserved movie (‘Salt’ on Blu-Ray) using Reboxed for the Palm Pre, I’m starting to think twice about kiosk delivery methods. (perhaps ‘reserved’ only pick-up boxes would be helpful?)

Is Flix on Stix an investment idea bound to fail? There aren’t any in my area yet, but I’ll keep my eyes open – let me know if you’ve tried it.


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