Blockbuster Express DVD kiosks will start popping up at the Wichita area's 38 QuikTrip stores beginning next month.
The blue kiosks will compete directly against the more than 80 Redbox DVD kiosks at Wichita area McDonald's, Dillons, Kwik Shop, Walgreens and Walmart stores.
The first Blockbuster Express will be installed at QuikTrip stores in August. All Wichita area stores will have one by the end of September.
The kiosks are branded as Blockbuster Express but are owned and operated by NCR Corp., the 125-year-old maker of ATMs and other self-service and self-checkout hardware and software.
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NCR unveiled its boxes a year ago and expects to hit 7,000 kiosks this month and 10,000 by Christmas. Redbox recently marked installation of its 25,000th box.
The machines are pretty similar, said Jeff Dudash, a spokesman for NCR. Both contain hundreds of DVDs. Customers input a credit card number and rent the discs for $1 per day.
"It's red vs. blue," he said. "It's that simple."
The Blockbuster Express machines do have at least one advantage, he said: they hold 950 DVDs compared with about 500 in the Redboxes.
The spread of DVD kiosks in the last few years has had a dramatic impact on the DVD rental business, Dudash said. Analysts expect kiosks to account for 30 percent of DVD rentals by the end of the year, he said.
QuikTrip tested out the kiosks in its Dallas-Fort Worth stores and liked what it saw, said company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh.
"I can't wait until they get one," Thornbrugh said. "I want to use it myself."