Tech Talk: 'Digiboo' video rentals now at Bush, Hobby


by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 2:00 PM

HOUSTON -- Travelers heading out of Houston’s Hobby or Bush airports have a new option for entertainment on-the-go: Digiboo.

Despite the silly name, it’s not an online dating service. It’s actually a pretty slick video rental kiosk that transfers movies or TV shows to your mobile device. Digiboo says it has more than 800 titles available for rent or purchase.

It’s been around for about a year in other airports around the country, but the service is new to Houston. Both airports have several kiosks scattered throughout the terminals.

Similar to a Redbox, you tap the movie you want to download on the kiosk's touchscreen, swipe your credit card, and then take the video with you on your Android, Apple, or Windows device. That’s the key thing for air travelers. This is not a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, so yes, you can actually use it on the airplane without 4G or Wi-Fi.

“If you rent it, you have 30 days to begin watching it,” says marketing director Blake Thomas. “If you begin watching it, you have 48 hours to enjoy it. So you can watch it partly on the plane, and when you get home you can watch the rest of it.”

Digiboo hopes to place more of these kiosks in office buildings and on university campuses.

Purchases usually cost about $15, but rentals only cost $3 to $4. And like Thomas said, you have two days to watch them once you push play. As a comparison, rentals on Apple or Android devices usually cost $2 to $5, and you have 24 hours to complete your viewing.

The app is free to download, if you want to go ahead and prep your device and your account for use with Digiboo.

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