Films-on-USB kiosks come to airports
Movie downloaders please proceed to gate four
Travelling to the US this summer? Take your Android tablet or Windows laptop with out and you may be able to grab a movie or two on USB stick for the flight home.
The oddly named Digiboo this week began rolling out kiosks at US airports which allow travellers to buy or rent one or two films which are copied onto a USB Flash drive.
The kiosks are equipped with USB 3.0 connections for fast file transfer - it'll take a minute to copy one of them - but you'll have to bring your own drive. USB 2.0 drives will take longer to save the content.
Rentals cost $4 (£2.50), or you can buy movies for $15 (£9.50) a pop.
How Digiboo works
The films are DRM'd, of course, hence the support for Android and Windows but not Mac or iOS. Windows is supported now; Android support will be in place by June, Digiboo said.
But there's a problem with DRM. Quite apart from the inherent rigid nature of the technology, Digiboo admitted users will have to contect their computers to the internet and register before they get to watch their films.
Fortunately, you can do this before you buy or rent, but it's an extra level of faff that is sure to stymie many an impulse buyer.
Digiboo's machines only contain a library of 1000 movies, all in standard definition. The selection is updated weekly, the company said.
Digiboo's first kiosks are now to be found in Minneapolis–St. Paul, Portland and Seattle-Tacoma international airports, but the firm said it plans to put 7000 in place by the end of 2014. ®
DRM? Will not buy.
Well good luck to them, but I certainly wont buy a film with DRM (or rent one for that matter) and I encouraneg friends not to either.
So with the purchased films what happens if I want to watch it on another device? Or I do a reinstall? Or either of those two if the company goes under?
Rent or buy? With DRM you're always renting until the company decides otherwise.
DRM for rentals? well, alright.
For purchased files? At $15 a go? You're having a %^&*ing laugh, especially given that most larger airports (of the sort where this scheme is likely to be feasible) will have tax-free shops with an HMV/Zavvi or whatever where you can probably get an optical-media copy of the same film for the same price or less.
Once again, a good idea ballsed up by moronic industry thinking. *sigh*
You can tell this was invented and pitched before the studio DRM requirements were fully realised. Impulse buy a movie straight onto a memory stick at the airport, great idea. Introduce an element of DRM with online activation, and you instantly lose customers and create a sizeable customer support issue.
In fact even without the DRM, would it not be more convenient to do this by integrating it with the terminal wifi? Add some NAS storage and a web shopfront to the access points frontpage, and flyers could purchase and download whilst sat waiting to board.
Or I could just buy a DVD before I go.
No DRM. No Internet activation. Can copy to hard drive, USB, or just carry the disc (Region restrictions a slight inconvenience and nothing more). Permanent "ownership". Some resale value. I can change laptop whenever I like without losing the movie.
And probably quite a bit cheaper.