New Service: Download Movies at Airports
Digiboo kiosks offer films for your USB stick
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2012 3:19 PM CDT
Brad Pitt, left, and Jonah Hill are shown in a scene from "Moneyball."   (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures-Sony, Melinda Sue Gordon)

(Newser) – Tired of bad airline movies? Now you can pick your own before you get on the flight. A new service called Digiboo provides airport kiosks where you can download movies onto your USB 3.0 stick in a matter of seconds, the Los Angeles Times reports. Thanks to licensing deals with Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., and Lionsgate, Digiboo can offer 600 films at a kiosk, among them hits like Hugo and Captain America. Users can buy films for $14.99 or rent them for $3.99.

The service is "a convenience," says a Digiboo exec. "A customer doesn't have to plan ahead, or to have ever downloaded one of our movies before. He or she can make the decision at the airport, just like buying M&Ms or magazines." Thus far, the service is available at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, but it's headed to the Seattle and Portland airports next, and then beyond; the company hopes to set up thousands of kiosks in public spots.

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DarkFrancis
Mar 16, 2012 7:28 AM CDT
Qantas, for all its faults lately, has a great long distance international service. They must have had at least 50 movies and 100 TV shows from which to choose. It was nice to have such a selection after a Houston-LAX flight which programmed an episode of Big Bang Theory and the Footloose remake.
crackalacka
Mar 15, 2012 3:29 PM CDT
Considering everything at the airport is always ridiculously marked up, this should be a service that the movie industry adopts for $3-5 a pop online. It's not the concept of paying for things that pirates are against, it's the convenience and service that is so outdated. Plus those goddamn ads and trailers for 15-20 minutes you can't even bypass when you've actual paid full price for a physical $20 dvd.