In another move to utilize its global footprint of photo kiosks, Eastman Kodak Company announced an agreement with the cloud media service provider SolaByte that will facilitate electronic sales of copyrighted music and motion pictures through automated disc-to-digital and online content purchases, according to a press release.
Kodak Picture Kiosks will be employed to automate the disc-to-digital upgrade process, which identifies content stored on DVDs, CDs and Blu-ray Discs. The disc is digitally flagged by the system to limit the number of digital copies that can be obtained, authenticated and the content license registered to the consumer's account. The professionally mastered digital copies, made from the Kodak Kiosk, then may be used by consumers to listen to music or to watch movies online, at home or on their portable devices, the announcement said.
The first deployments are estimated to occur in mid-2013. In addition, SolaByte and Kodak will continue to advance digital solutions to expand options for consumers and help retailers open new revenue streams, the announcement said.
"Kodak has been at the forefront of capturing, preserving and sharing printed photo experiences throughout our history," said Larry Trevarthen, VP of worldwide marketing and retail systems solutions at Kodak. "Through our collaboration with SolaByte, we plan to extend this leadership into additional content types, both digital and physical formats."
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