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CES 2008: NBC promotes Mediaport kiosks

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 09 Jan 2008 2:22 User comments (1)

CES 2008: NBC promotes Mediaport kiosks NBC Universal (NBCU) is using CES to show off kiosks that they hope will eventually be used to distribute video directly to consumers. The kiosks are being provided by Mediaport, who are hoping to make NBC content available through their kiosks.
One of the biggest developments in the home video market last year was the emergence of automated technology for DVD rental. The most conspicous example was the overwhelming success Redbox had with their machines located at McDonald's restaurant locations around the country. Meanwhile provisions were being added to DVD specifications allowing encrypted discs to be burned. This has led to a number of companies working on plans to implement kiosks for on-demand DVD burning.

In addition to transferring video to simple flash drives, which is the focus of the CES presence, the Mediaport kiosks can be configured to burn DVDs or even load video directly to mobile media players.

“We have 500 [music kiosks] globally, and tomorrow we can enable the retailers to also handle video without any major equipment upgrade,” said Mediaport president and owner John Butler. “We are introducing the concept at CES. We can do the same things with TV and movies that are being done with music.”

“I think we are aggressively looking at every way to distribute our shows,” said George Kliavkoff, NBCU chief digital officer. “Our end goal is to widely distribute them so the end user can choose the place and the time and the device to consume it.”

Source: Video Business

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110.1.2008 18:56

I like this more power to them :)

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