Hollywood, retailers eye movie download kiosks

In a bid to preserve shelf space and fight slowing DVD sales, major retailers including Wal-Mart have held talks with Hollywood's studios to develop kiosks where consumers can copy movies and TV shows onto DVDs and devices, according to a Reuters article.Executives interviewed for the article indicated that installing video-burning kiosks in retail stores would help counter the slowing growth in the $24 billion home DVD market.

"There have been discussions with all the major retailers who have an interest in kiosks because they would let them grow their product offerings without using a lot of shelf space," said Jim Wuthrich, senior vice president, digital distribution for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.

"Burning DVDs in stores could happen in 2007," he said, but noted various licensing and technology hurdles still remained. Warner Bros. is the studio owned by Time Warner Inc. (TWX.N: Quote, Profile, Research).

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