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ampm Stores Bow Kiosk Movie Rentals

19 Apr, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Arco-based ampm convenience stores quietly have begun offering $1-per-day DVD movie rentals at branded kiosks throughout Central and Southern California locations.

The kiosks, which are manufactured by Korean-based Kyungbong Co. Ltd, operate similar to Redbox and Blockbuster Express units requiring users to submit a credit card for purchases. Customers can also reserve movies online at www.ampmmovies.com, although the link isn’t currently functional.

A separate link (http://www.rogueintegration.com/ampmmovielocation.php) offered kiosk locations and video trailer for The American, starring George Clooney. The ampm store concept began in 1978 at select Arco gas stations, and now comprise 1,100 locations at gas stations (including BP) in 10 states.

The move marks a growing trend among national and regional retailers to rollout branded movie kiosks through third-party vendors. Last month Public Media Works Inc. launched kiosks in Southern California featuring Blu-ray Disc movies for 89 cents (plus tax) each per day when rented in pairs. Single disc rentals in DVD or Blu-ray cost $1 per day. The first 25 “Spot. The Difference” branded outdoor kiosks (www.spotrentals.com) — manufactured by Toronto-based Signifi Solutions Inc. — were deployed earlier this year in Riverside County.

Last year Kyungbong Co. entered into an agreement with Jacksonville, Fla.-based ATM company Global Axcess to manufacture 300 movie kiosks. In its most recent fiscal report, Global Axcess projected total DVD rental revenue for the first quarter of 2011 to increase 52% from the same period last year. Specifically, the company expected to generate more than $1 million in quarterly revenue from kiosks installed at Tejas convenience stores.

Kiosks now represent more than 25% of the home video rental market.

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