There are tons of those little red-box movie kiosks sitting around my city. Pretty much every major grocery store, gas station, and supermarket has one out front. In terms of location and availability, they're very convenient. Despite that fact, I haven't used one in years. The DVDs you rent frequently end up damaged or unplayable and returning them is as much of a hassle as sending a movie back to the rental place. Thankfully, Symwave and Xona Media have invented a better way. They've created the MK3 DVD+Digital kiosk, and they'll be showing it off next year at CES 2010. This kiosk uses USB 3.0 technology to deliver full movie downloads to customers in less than 10 seconds. MK3 kiosks will be fast and will carry an almost unlimited selection of films, which puts them about three heads above the Red Box in my book.If you don't have a USB 3.0 capable drive (and who does right now?) your old 2.0 stuff will still work with the MK3. Using it is still going to be faster and more convenient than any other movie renting experience. Plus, when you're done with the film, it just gets deleted from your hard drive. You never have to worry about returns. This kiosk will get shown off properly at CES 2010. We can expect to learn more about when these bad boys will come to a supermarket near you then. CES 2010 will start on January 7, 2010 and lasts until the 10th. Of course CES news is already pouring in. Read about it in our CES 2010 section.
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