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DVD Rental Kiosk
Does any one have an electronic DVD rental kiosk in their union building? I tried to contact Redbox for months and could not get any response from them. I finally learned that they do not provide boxes on college campuses at this time. I heard about UniversiDVD.com at the annual conference in NYC, but has anyone used them? If so, how is their service?
Thanks, Gil Johnson
Univesrity of Delaware
Here at Mizzou we recently installed a Blockbuster Express DVD kiosk with $1 rentals and online reservation access. It's awesome, the students love it! Works the same as a Redbox and they are aggressively working with college campuses. The Union takes home 10% of revenue generated. They are operated through NCR. No complaints to date.
University of Missouri
Does seem like Redbox is not interested in college center locations right now. I have gotten info from NCR (Blockbuster Express) and just requested info from UniversiDVD.com but that website does not look very professional and makes me wonder how they would service a location that may be far removed from others. I will see what they send me. For now it looks like NCR is the strongest player but I would also be interested to know if there were other options out there that folks know about.
Allen Josey - UVM - Davis Center
I have an update on this topic from Washington State University - we recently signed a contract to host a Redbox in our union (to be installed in the next month). We are a "test market" as they don't have their services on college campuses yet. So I'll let you know how it goes I guess... if this works, they will be opening it up to more campuses probably.
We have one here in the Oglesby Union at Fla. State. It was originally started by three students who made the investment in machine and DVD's. Upon graduation, they sold it to a local person. After almost three years, it seems to be working as they pay their monthly rent.
VCU has tried to contact Redbox, UniversiDVD.com and Blockbuster and we can't get anyone to answer in Virginia. Our local guy sold his machine and got out of the buisness in July.
We're giving up on DVD rental for the near future.
At this time last summer, we tried hard to get RedBox to respond - they are already in town with Walgreens, McDonalds, and our local grocery store. But they wouldn't even talk to us. Then in December I worked with our local NCR rep and we were making progress with BlockBuster. But then he called me one day in March and said he was being taken out of the loop and we needed to communicate with a regional/national NCR rep to move forward with the contract (we had already submitted the necessary paperwork including information about our foot traffic, square footage for our building, proximity to competitors, etc). I have received no response after repeated emails and phone messages, and so have been stalled for the last many months.
So if anyone out there gets somewhere with BlockBuster we would appreciate seeing a posting with good contact information for NCR. Thanks!
Corbin J. Smyth
Director, Kirby Student Center
University of Minnesota Duluth
I too have run into dead ends with Blockbuster/NCR... they said that they were looking to move into higher ed market but when I followed up this summer with Chris Bruno, he said they are not going to test things out with universities.
As for Redbox, I was told they were looking to slowly test/expand into higher ed market but that the school had to be over 15,000 population to even be considered and we fall just short of this.
BTW, this issue is posted in two places on the forum so hoping folks interested in all the comments see them in both areas.
Director of Operations & Event ServicesDudley H. Davis CenterThe University of Vermont590 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405phone 802.656.1204 - fax 802.656.5068www.uvm.edu/daviscenter
Would you have a contact info for redbox?
When I was researching this I was under the impression that both Redbox and Blockbuster/NCR would have given .10 on every $1 rental but they only seemed interested in larger locations with a student population over 15,000.
Does anyone have a contact for Red Box?
Texas State University
Does anyone have information about any of the following DVD rental kiosk companies? A contact person would be great.
DVD now kiosk
We are looking into the idea here at Syracuse University. Thanks to those who have posted already.
Assistant Director, Facilities and Operations