Polar Frog Digital Kiosks to Appear at College Stores24 Sep, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey
The National Association of College Stores (NACS) will soon feature Polar Frog Digital DVD download-to-burn DVD kiosks in several school shops.
San Diego State University; University of Colorado, Boulder; New York University; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of North Carolina; Bowling Green State University and UCLA will be the first to get the kiosks, with as many as 25 other college stores joining the program by next spring.
The NACS, which has more than 3,100 member stores, created a new arm, NACS Media Solutions, to act as the service aggregator, providing the technology needed to store the digital video offerings.
“With placements on college campuses around the country, NACS Media Solutions, powered by Polar Frog’s innovative kiosk solution, stands to revolutionize the delivery of legally licensed, commercially released video and other media assets for millions of college consumers,” said Polar Frog CEO Todd Rosenbaum.
Ed Schlichenmayer, president and COO of NACS Media Solutions, added, “Many college stores currently have a limited capability to offer digital content at an affordable price. NACS Media Solutions will fill this need among our members while at the same time taking the big box retailer concept of power buying and applying it to benefit our members, which in essence are small-businessmen and businesswomen.”
Polar Frog Digital’s kiosks use Nero AG software technology, which uses the DVD Forum’s open standard Content Scramble System copyright-protection software, used on most DVDs at retail.
The stores will feature kiosks with a 17-inch screen and a credit card swipe.
Polar Frog has more than 13,000 titles from more than 100 content owners in its kiosks, but doesn't have a single major studio agreement yet. TV episodes go for about $2.99 each, while a movie download averages $9.99, the company reported.