NCR and E-Play Expand Consumers’ Options for Delivery of Digital Entertainment
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Columbus, Ohio-based e-Play, LLC, a move that adds bare-disc technology to NCR’s existing global self-service technology portfolio, expanding consumer self-service options for delivery of digital entertainment.
The new platform allows bare movie or game discs to be vended and returned – cases or sleeves are not required – and offers the option of checking discs for quality. This innovative technology presents added revenue opportunities for retailers and other enterprises, through kiosks that can each inventory up to 4,200 discs in a few square feet – freeing valuable shelf and floor space while helping control shrink.
The technology also creates a better experience for consumers, improving access to merchandise and providing a convenient self-service option for buying, selling and trading used media, along with offering a large number of titles from which to choose.
NCR plans to integrate e-Play’s bare disc technology into its NCR Xpress Entertainment portfolio, which includes a multichannel software platform – allowing consumers to interact via the Internet, their mobile devices or kiosks – and hardware options ranging from DVD vending to digital download kiosks. Planned future enhancements include support for other types of digital media.
In recent months, NCR has rapidly expanded the Xpress Entertainment portfolio through a series of acquisitions that also include Touch Automation and Ambient Partners. In a move to further expand deployment options for its customers, NCR also made a minority investment in e-Play to assist its development as an entertainment independent service operator (ISO). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“The e-Play technology is a great complement and addition to the NCR Xpress Entertainment portfolio, which we launched earlier this year,” said NCR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Nuti. “This agreement will further expand our portfolio of self-service entertainment solutions to include bare-disc as well as packaged DVD media, thus enabling NCR to offer our customers the flexibility to deploy the appropriate technology for their business strategy.”
e-Play is currently working with a national retail chain to conduct a multistore pilot in Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio of kiosks that enable self-service buying, selling and trading of movies.
“We are excited to partner with NCR, the leader in self-service across multiple industries, with thousands of customer service engineers around the world,” said e-Play Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alan Rudy. “This collaboration will greatly enhance e-Play’s plans for growth as an ISO in the kiosk marketplace. NCR’s experience in designing user-friendly solutions, coupled with e-Play’s leading-edge technology – which can significantly increase kiosk inventory capacity beyond the capability of currently available units – will provide businesses with more innovative choices in the ways they deliver digital media to consumers.”
About e-Play, LLC
e-Play is a revolutionary way of marketing, delivering and purchasing DVDs: a high-tech DVD vending machine with the ability to hold thousands of discs, convert used discs into cash or credit at the retailer and a playability check on every disc dispensed. The machines include new releases and catalog titles and feature an interactive touch LCD screen playing trailers and interactive advertising. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, e-Play Makes it Easy to Find the Movies You Want.
About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a global technology company leading how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business. NCR’s assisted- and self-service solutions and comprehensive support services address the needs of retail, financial, travel, healthcare, hospitality, gaming and public sector organizations in more than 100 countries. NCR (www.ncr.com) is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio.
NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.
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