Prediction: Death of the DVD vending machine

Back in 1991, Microsoft founder Bill Gates was asked about film company Kodak. Even before the internet came to public awareness, Gates knew the company’s business model was doomed. ‘Kodak is toast’ he replied. Last week, Kodak finally filed for bankruptcy protection. Here my prediction: DVD kiosks and vending machines will eventually go the way of Kodak. The thing is, my prediction isn’t anywhere near as impressive as Gates’. Anyone who thinks about the DVD vending machine business model will soon realise that there is no long-term future in physical delivery of movie content. Eventually, this content just has to...

Back in 1991, Microsoft founder Bill Gates was asked about film company Kodak. Even before the internet came to public awareness, Gates knew the company’s business model was doomed. ‘Kodak is toast’ he replied. Last week, Kodak finally filed for bankruptcy protection.

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