This isn’t specifically about Netflix, but as it may impact their business, and I’ve been using them as a bit of a case study, I’m going to continue to track the trends impacting their business.
This News.com article announces that McDonalds will be adding automated DVD rental kiosks to their 13,000 locations; Grocery chains Albertsons and Safeway will add another 3000 and 3500 locations, respectively. (These rollouts will occur over several years… how many, is not indicated.)
Blockbuster, Win-Dixie and others are looking at the solution as well.
These machines have been around for a while; I’ve seen them in various SF Bay Area grocery stores before. This is the first large scale (contracted) deployment I’ve heared of… if you know of others, please leave a comment.