- Digiboo Introduces App for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch
- Digiboo Expands Access with New Android Support and Introduces New TV Content
- 14 Airport Amenities That Will Make You Long For A Layover
- Digiboo Takes Flight: Movie Kiosks At Seattle Airport Offer New Releases For $3.99
- USB Movie Rental Kiosks Launched in Seattle
- International Business Times
- Time Magazine : Techland
- Pioneer Press
Digiboo Introduces App for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch
After installing the Digiboo App, available for free on the App StoreSM, users can rent or purchase content from any Digiboo kiosk and download it directly from the app, making it conveniently available anytime, anywhere. Since the Digiboo content is digital-only, with no physical discs to return, titles are always in stock and regularly refreshed.
"Our new app for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a major addition to Digiboo's multi-platform service," said Richard Cohen , CEO, Digiboo. "It more than doubles our potential user base, and most importantly, fulfills our promise to our customers to provide the best experience for those who want access to movies and TV to watch on the device of their choice."
Digiboo's competitively-priced catalogue of more than 800 movie and TV titles can be accessed through its interactive touchscreen kiosks. The company has begun its national roll-out in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) and Portland International Airport (PDX).
Digiboo has partnered with several studios, including Warner Bros, Paramount, Sony, Lions Gate and Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as FSH, Smarte Carte, PTS and Gateway Newstands, to provide the highest quality service to travelers.
The Digiboo App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.
Digiboo is a convenient option for people to watch the movies and TV shows they love, whenever and wherever they want. It is a first-of-its-kind digital retail download service that has more than 800 new releases and popular movie titles and 20 television series available through its interactive touchscreen kiosks.
Digiboo kiosks are currently available exclusively through airports and Gateway Newstands in the United States, ideal distribution channels offering more choices for people to buy or rent the entertainment they love while on-the-go. These movies and TV shows can be downloaded in as little as 30 seconds to a thumb drive, or just minutes directly to your device via Wi-Fi and played back on any Apple iPhone, iPad, iPad mini or iPod Touch or any Android or Windows-enabled PC, laptop, tablet or phone. Digiboo delivers a fast and convenient way for people to watch movies and TV.
Digiboo was founded in 2008 by film industry veterans Richard Cohen , former MGM Home Entertainment and Consumer Products president, Jeff Karbowiak , EVP of MGM's Home Entertainment Group, David Beddow , CTO at Movielink, and Blake Thomas , GM of MGM Home Entertainment.
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Digiboo Expands Access with New Android Support and Introduces New TV Content
Also, in addition to the more than 800 new releases and popular catalog movie titles, people can enjoy episodes from 11 television series, including "Boss," "Mad Men," "Nurse Jackie" and "The Big Bang Theory." TV programs from Digiboo are competitively priced and can be purchased for $1.99 each.
"Our goal has always been to make the best quality entertainment accessible to the most consumers," said Richard Cohen, CEO, Digiboo. "By making Digiboo available on Android devices, we have doubled the number of potential users who can enjoy our service."
Digiboo's entertainment is available through its interactive touchscreen kiosks which can be found largely through three airports, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) and Portland International Airport (PDX). Anyone, from business travelers waiting for flights to families on long trips, can enjoy their favorite films and TV shows quickly and easily. And since the Digiboo service is digital-only, with no physical discs, titles are always in stock and regularly refreshed and there is never anything to return.
"We are committed to giving our customers exactly what they want," said Blake Thomas, CMO, Digiboo. "With the addition of Android devices and TV content, we are continuing to listen and respond to consumers' desire for the fastest and most convenient entertainment service available."
Recently, Digiboo removed another barrier to customer satisfaction by adding a wireless download feature so it is no longer necessary to remember to bring a USB to the Digiboo kiosks. Also, people who worry about data caps when downloading movies and TV shows should not be concerned. Since Digiboo has its own dedicated network, there is no extra cost to download and the service does not eat into the consumer's data plan.
Digiboo has partnered with several television studios, including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. to provide the highest quality service to travelers.
About Digiboo Digiboo is a convenient option for people to watch the movies and TV shows they love, whenever and wherever they want. It is a first-of-its-kind digital retail download service that has more than 800 new release and popular movie titles and 11 television series available through its interactive touchscreen kiosks.
Digiboo kiosks are currently available exclusively through airports in the United States, an ideal distribution channel to offer more choices for people to buy or rent the entertainment they love while traveling. These movies and TV shows can be downloaded in as little as 30 seconds to USB, or just minutes directly to your device via Wi-Fi and played back on any Windows-enabled or Android PC, laptop, tablet or phone. Digiboo delivers a fast and convenient way for people to watch movies and TV.
Digiboo was founded in 2008 by film industry veterans Richard Cohen, former MGM Home Entertainment and Consumer Products president, Jeff Karbowiak, EVP of MGM's Home Entertainment Group, David Beddow, CTO at Movielink, and Blake Thomas, GM of MGM Home Entertainment.
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14 Airport Amenities That Will Make You Long For A Layover
Of course, you can always whip out your laptop and check your e-mail or stop into the nearest newsstand and pick up the latest James Patterson thriller, but we think you'll find these options a lot more exciting.
SCHIPHOL AMSTERDAM AIRPORT, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Schiphol certainly isn't the only airport to feature its own museum, but it was the world's first. The terminal houses an annex of the city's famed Rijksmuseum, the national museum devoted to Dutch art, history and more. Exhibits change every few months and admission is free. www.schiphol.nl
LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Boston, Massachusetts: Fliers with a sweet tooth can make their own sundaes at the self-serve MooBella Ice Creamery Machine. Simply step up to the interactive touch screen, key in your choices from the 96 combinations of ice cream and mix-ins, and, in less than a minute, out pops your tasty made-to-order frozen concoction. www.massport.com/logan-airport
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MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Another interactive touch-screen concept has just recently been introduced in Minneapolis, but instead of ice cream, it dishes out movies. At 11 Digiboo kiosks, travelers can download, via flash drive, digital versions of more than 500 movies (from classics to new releases), that they can then watch on their laptop or tablet while in flight or just hanging around the terminal. The flicks can be either rented or purchased, and since the service is digital, new releases are always in stock and there's nothing to return. In addition to Minneapolis, there are kiosks at the airports in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. www.mspairport.com
AUSTIN-BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Austin, Texas: Austin claims to be the live music capital of the world, and to prove their point, visitors don't even have to leave the airport to catch a show. On stages at four venues in both the east and west concourses, more than a dozen live concerts are held each week, where ticketed passengers can get a front row seat for performances of everything from western swing to vintage jazz. www.abia.org
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Hong Kong, China: Getting in nine holes is par for the course in Hong Kong, thanks to the USGA-approved SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course adjacent to Terminal 2, which just like your favorite courses at home boasts a clubhouse, pro shop and putting greens. Didn't pack your clubs? No worries, you can rent them there. Flight get in late? Not a problem, as flood lights let you play after dark. www.hongkongairport.com
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Portland, Oregon: Portland is widely regarded as one of the nation's most bikeable cities, so it's only logical its airport would want to install a bike assembly station. The space provides a handy place for travelers to assemble or disassemble their bikes before and after their flight. Travelers can even take a quick spin along the bike path that connects to the airport. Basic bike tools can be borrowed from the airport's State Welcome Center, along with information on local cycling resources. www.flypdx.com
INCHEON AIRPORT, Seoul, South Korea: Travelers connecting through Incheon can make the most of a long layover by joining one of the airport's guided transit tours. Whether you've got just an hour or two, or eight hours or more, there's an option to fit your needs, including the Temple Tour, Shopping Tour, Korean Drama Hallyu Tour and Traditional Culture Experience Tour. www.airport.kr/eng
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MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Miami, Florida: Need some snuggle time? Casey, a 69-pound golden retriever, strolls though Miami International Airport two days a week with owner Liz Miller, an airport volunteer. The trained therapy dog is outfitted with a "Pet Me" uniform and her own business cards (e-mail her at email@example.com). Casey and Liz give passengers directions and generally try to ease the travel experience.
And if you're flying with a pet in tow, you'll want to make note of the growing number of animal relief areas, like those at the Miami airport that feature patches of real grass and a bright yellow fire hydrant. www.miami-airport.com
GENERAL MITCHELL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: It's game on at Milwaukee's Mitchell Airport, where a ping pong table installed last summer as part of a special event has been so popular that they decided to make it a permanent fixture. Just try not to lose the balls. www.mitchellairport.com
MUNICH AIRPORT, Munich, Germany: Germany's beer brewing history is long and storied, and passengers at the Munich airport can sample the country's savory suds at Airbräu, a Bavarian-style tavern complete with outdoor beer garden and its own on-site brewery. Thirsty patrons can even watch the brewmaster as he works his magic on the more than 110,000 gallons produced there each year. www.munich-airport.de/en
ZURICH AIRPORT, Zurich, Switzerland: Swiss chocolates and watches aren't the only thing you can pick up at the Zurich airport. Through the airport service center, exercise-minded jet setters can rent sports equipment like bikes, inline skates and Nordic walking poles so they can get out and move and enjoy the local scenery. www.zurich-airport.com
TAIWAN TAOYUAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Taoyuan, Taiwan: You don't need a library card to enjoy a good book at what has been billed as the world's first e-book airport library. Here, literary-minded travelers with some time to spare can rent an iPad or other e-reader that contains more than 400 works, available in both Chinese and English and spanning the gamut of genres. Thousands of regular books, magazines and newspapers are available as well. www.taoyuan-airport.com
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, San Francisco, California: Harried travelers can practice their sun salutations at the new yoga room at SFO. The 150-square-foot, mirror-walled studio is simplistic (just a few chairs and mats), but it's a nice, quiet place to work out the kinks and calm the nerves. Namaste! www.flysfo.com
CHANGI AIRPORT, Singapore: When it comes to ways to entertain yourself at the airport, Changi takes the prize.
Routinely voted among the world's best airports, it features a laundry list of enticements, including five themed gardens, one of them home to more than a thousand butterflies; free calf-massage stations, as well as a spa at which you can get one of the crazy treatments where tiny fish nibble the dead skin off your feet; a free movie theater that plays first-run films; free Xbox and PlayStation game consoles; a 40-foot-high slide that you can zoom down at 19 feet per second; a rooftop swimming pool; prayer rooms; designated napping facilities; and a mobile post office that makes sending home those "Wish you were here" postcards a breeze. www.changiairport.com
Digiboo Takes Flight: Movie Kiosks At Seattle Airport Offer New Releases For $3.99
For Blake Thomas, chief marketing officer at Digiboo, a three-year-old Santa Monica, California upstart backed by actor Morgan Freeman and others, none of those options really make sense for the traveler. And that’s why the former MGM Home Entertainment executive is so excited about Digiboo, which is officially launching service today at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Digiboo has installed 14 bright orange interactive touchscreen kiosks throughout the airport — some in old pay telephone stations — where customers can download “Hugo,” “Moneyball” and more than 700 other titles to a USB drive in less than a minute. The idea is that busy travelers don’t have the time to download movies before they get to the airport, or don’t want to pay the hefty fees for spotty inflight Wi-Fi access.
Blake Thomas and David Rondan of Digiboo
At Digiboo all customers need is a USB drive with 4 GB of storage and a Windows PC or tablet (Sorry Apple and Android fans, I am told Digiboo is still working on those versions of the service).
“Our whole concept is to create something that is really easy, really intuitive and straightforward,” Thomas tells GeekWire.
If you think you’ve seen this movie before, you’re right. Seattle tech watchers may recall MOD Systems, which tried to offer a similar media kiosk at airports and retail stores. The heavily-funded company imploded last year after founder Mark Phillips was sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding MOD Systems and lying to the court — one of the biggest blowups in recent memory in the Seattle tech community.
Of course, Digiboo — led by former RealNetworks general manager and movie exec Richard Cohen — believes it has discovered a much more viable path to delivering movies to people on the go.
Customers pay $3.99 to rent a new release for 30 days, with the customer required to view the title within 48 hours upon opening the movie. Older titles rent for $2.99, and customers can purchase movies outright for $14.99. First-time users of the service need an Internet connection in order to initiate service, a connection that’s provided through the kiosk terminals. (Customers also can make that initial connection at home or work prior to arriving at the airport).
According to Thomas, Digiboo’s media player doesn’t hog battery life like a DVD. Plus, he adds that a number of new devices are being built without optical drives, meaning the days of carrying DVDs may be numbered. (Of course, some devices, such as smartphones and the iPad, don’t have USB ports).
In terms of downloading movies ahead of time, Thomas said that’s just not “convenient” for many people. “You have to plan ahead, you have to queue them up, you have to make sure they are downloading, and depending on your speed you have to wait for quite a while,” said Thomas, adding that the entire transaction is designed to take a few minutes.
Digiboo launched in Minneapolis last week, with Seattle marking the company’s first airport on the West Coast. Portland will be next, with a fourth airport in the works. They chose Seattle because of a highly-educated and tech-savvy population, but also because of what Thomas called an “innovative airport.”
After the initial trials at the four airports, Thomas said they plan to take a 60-day hiatus to watch how the kiosks perform. If all goes as planned, Digiboo will push forward with a national launch that includes rolling out as many as 100 kiosks per month in airports across the country. The company is starting with airports, but could expand into other retail environments in what could be a direct attack on Coinstar’s Redbox.
I got a first-hand look at the new Digiboo kiosk from Thomas this week. Take a look, and let us know whether you’d give this a try on your next trip through Sea-Tac.
USB Movie Rental Kiosks Launched in Seattle
The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company is competing with Coinstar's RedBox, Netflix and Amazon in an interesting way: by allowing you to download the movies onto a USB flash drive and then play them on your computer. This eliminates the need to be connected to the internet or to use a DVD drive – something many new devices, including some laptops, no longer have.
The concept may sound familiar to Seattle users who watched the rise and painful demise of the digital media distribution company MOD Systems, which was embroiled in scandal last year when its CEO was convicted of fraud and money laundering and sent to prison.
MOD Systems, which used kiosks to distribute content, ultimately closed.
Now, in walks Digiboo.
Digiboo is targeting travelers who want to watch movies but have spotty or no internet connection while in transit. The company installed 14 kiosks at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where travelers can plug in a flash drive and pay $3.99 to rent a newly released film, like "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" or "Hugo," both of which are currently available for download from the touch-screen kiosks.
Once they've downloaded a movie, renters have 30 days to watch it before it expires. Once they start watching it, they have 48 hours to finish it.
The company has 700 titles from four of the biggest movie studios: Sony, Warner Bros., LionsGate and Paramount. Some are new releases, some are older, and the older movies cost only $2.99 to rent.
Digiboo officially launched in Minneapolis earlier this month. In the Seattle area, it will have the kiosks at Sea-Tac and one at the Northgate Mall.
“Our movies are never out of stock and you never have to return it,” Digiboo CMO Blake Thomas said.
The company is utilizing Microsoft’s Play Ready digital rights management system, which will prevent users from renting a movie and then copying it and keeping it.
Those interested in keeping the movies they rent can buy them from the Digiboo kiosks for $14.99. Purchased movies can be shared on up to five computers.
The movies play on Windows Media Player and require a one-time registration, which needs an internet connection to activate. To solve that problem, the Digiboo kiosks function as a sort of limited WiFi connection, so once you download a movie onto your laptop or tablet, you can register right there. Registration is required only the first time you buy or rent a movie.
Thomas said the company chose Minneapolis and Seattle as launch sites because of the “highly educated and tech-savvy early adopting audience.”
He said that, while airports and transit locations like train stations were the company’s first step, Digiboo hopes to eventually have kiosks in grocery stores, similar to Coinstar’s RedBox distribution model.
This year, Thomas said, the company will roll out an Android app that will make it easy for people to download movies onto a tablet or mobile phone. Digiboo also plans to have television shows available for download this year.
Thomas would not divulge details of Digiboo's deals with the film studios, but he did say his team was able to negotiate multi-year contracts with all the studios.
“You can’t launch a company with a three-month contract,” Thomas said.
Most of the company’s founders, including Thomas, met while working together at MGM.
As for the silly name – Thomas said there really wasn’t a great story behind it.
“We wanted a name that was friendly and attractive, not intimidating,” he said. “I think we found that.”
International Business Times
Digiboo is currently in only three locations -- Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport--although the company is planning kiosks in more areas.
The way Digiboo kiosks work is you select a film, insert a USB storage device into the kiosk, pay with a credit card and upload the film to your computer
If you use a USB 2.0 device, downloading a move takes between two and five minutes. A USB 3.0 device can take as little as 20 seconds, according to Digiboo.
Selecting movies from a kiosk is something consumers of media are familiar with through Coinstar's Redbox, which has 29,000 locations across the country and offers video game rentals along with movies.
So which is the better choice: Digiboo or Redbox?
Digiboo has three locations and there's talk of expansion while there are over 29,000 Redbox kiosks in the United States. Edge: Redbox
Digiboo is currently restricted to films while Redbox offers games for the Xbos 360, Wii and Playstation 3. Edge: Redbox
Movies purchased through Digiboo expire electronically while Redbox movies have to be returned to a kiosk, with charges up to $1.59 a day for Blu-ray purchases. Edge: Digiboo
Digiboo says it has hundreds of titles at its kiosks while Redboox kiosks can fit up to 200. Edge: Digiboo
Blu-ray/HD title availability:
Digiboo does not currently offer HD viewing options, although the company says to "stay tuned for support of high-definition movies." Redbox has Blu-ray titles available. Edge: Redbox (It's a wash once Digiboo has HD titles available)
Digiboo beats Redbox on no-hassle returns and movie selection, while Redbox has more kiosks, the ability to rent video games and Blu-ray titles.
For now, Redbox has the edge, but Digiboo's expansion plans and intentions to provide HD quality movies may make it a viable option in the future.
By: Edgar Alvarez
Time Magazine : Techland
Here’s how it works: Customers have to go online one time to register their PCs, which can be done via a custom wireless connection at the kiosk. You can then sift through the 700-odd titles currently in Digiboo’s database via touchscreen, choose rentals for $3.99 (or purchases for $14.99), plop in a credit card and download. For USB 3.0 flash drives, downloading one film takes about 30 seconds; USB 2.0 customers are looking at two to five minutes. Once a film starts, the renter has 48 hours to finish it; otherwise the movie is good for 30 days. Rented movies can be played on one device, purchased ones on up to five.
The careful reader will have already noticed some weaknesses in the plan. Digiboo is not yet compatible with Apple products; the company promises they will be, but without specifying a time frame. Android compatibility should be in place later this year. Taking on PCs first, says chief marketing officer Blake Thomas, is focusing “on the low-hanging fruit.” The service also requires that customers have a flash drive on their person, as well as a USB port on their product. And the whole shebang may quickly seem gratuitous in any place with a robust, free Wi-Fi connection. DVD rentals are declining, after all, while online movie-viewing revenues are up 50% according to some analysts. But, Thomas says, they believe their rentals can easily coexist with streaming. “It’s not an either-or, zero-sum game,” he says, explaining that people who are really into movies will watch them in new ways without abandoning old ones.
The careful reader will have also noticed that the company has chosen a unique place to set up shop, a space full of bored people carrying laptops and yearning to escape reality until Zone 3 is called. Many airports charge a $10-ish fee for connecting to the Internet, and many airplanes don’t have Internet connections (and those that do don’t typically give it out for free). Thomas calls airports and airplanes environments where their “need-state” and “hardware requirements” have a very high chance of being met. And given the speed of the downloads, he notes, travelers can decide a minute before boarding that they feel like watching Rise of the Planet of the Apes on their way to Milwaukee. Four bucks. Boom. Caesar is home.
It’s easy to think of Digiboo as a sort of digital Red Box, though Thomas is quick to draw contrasts: Digiboo has a bigger selection, there is nothing to return and no movie can ever be out of stock. Travel hubs, he says, are the first stage of the four-year-old company’s plan. Portland and Seattle airports — some likely to service early-adopter types — are next on the list, and Digiboo expects to have hundreds of kiosks in action before 2012 is out.
Similarly captive audiences are likely to be found at bus stations and on buses, at train hubs and on trains. After that, Digiboo may look to spots like malls and grocery stores, if the kiosks are doing well. “Timing is everything,” says Thomas, noting that the company, started by former MGM executives, was trying to raise capital during a recession. (Fun fact: Morgan Freeman is among their investors.) The greatest challenge for them, he says, “is the uncertainty about whether we’re right, and only your customers can tell you.”
Certainly for now, the airport plan seems to have potential — perhaps those locales will be enduring markets for movie rentals, as doctors’ offices are for magazine subscriptions. But what does the company do in the future, when decent Internet service is potentially everywhere or every citizen is armed with their own hot spot? Thomas has a simple answer: “We’ll evolve.”
By: Katy Steinmetz
As detailed above, new movie kiosks at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport let me buy or rent Hollywood blockbusters and transfer them to a thumb drive for viewing on a Windows laptop.
I was skeptical when I first heard about the Digiboo kiosks, but I am impressed after playing with one at the airport last week. California-based Digiboo has executed the service all but flawlessly, though it has drawbacks.
If you've used Redbox DVD-rental kiosks, the learning curve on a bright-orange Digiboo kiosk is nil, though the steps are a bit different.
Plug in a drive. Pick a flick on the touch screen. Pay for it by inserting a credit card. Transfer the movie to the flash drive. Unplug and go.
You are then ready to play the Digiboo movie or movies on a Windows laptop once you've gone through a one-time software installation and service registration. Be sure to do that in the airport terminal while you are still connected to the Internet.
When you plug in the thumb drive during your flight and click the Digiboo icon on your computer, you'll see a gorgeous menu with all your Digiboo titles listed. Click one to begin laptop playback.
You can play Digiboo rentals on only one computer - which is hardly a dealbreaker since you're unlikely to be carrying multiple PCs on a flight - but Digiboo lets you play purchased movies on up to five PCs forever.
Don't expect stellar video quality. To keep video files small and expedite their transfer to thumb drives, Digiboo provides a modest resolution that looks mediocre if played in full screen - keep it to the small window provided.
If you are toting a Macintosh portable, as I typically am, you're out of luck unless you've gone to the trouble of putting the Windows operating system alongside Apple's Mac OS X on the laptop - few people bother to do so.
Got an iPad or Android tablet? Sorry, move along.
If you don't have a thumb drive handy, none of the dozen or so Digiboo kiosks at the airport will provide one. You can buy one elsewhere in the airport, but you'll get gouged.
You're better off getting a flash drive before your trip - and make sure it's a newer-model USB 3.0 version, which will make transfers of Digiboo movies super-speedy compared with older USB 2.0 thumb drives.
Movie playback works fine with either kind of flash drive, however. I put two movies on a USB3 drive and two others on a USB2 drive, and they all played properly on my Dell XPS 13 laptop, though video quality with the USB3 drive was a bit better.
My verdict? Digiboo is a winner, provided you meet its hardware requirements and don't expect pristine video quality. If you're at the airport and desperate for a movie fix, Digiboo is a lifesaver.
By: Julio Ojeda-Zapata