Say this for Dallas-based Blockbuster: It's willing to throw anything and everything against the wall in the hopes that something, anything, will stick. Because only a few days after taking its new downloading kiosk to the Comic-Con International, the video rental company announced this afternoon that it's teaming up with NCR Corporation -- yes, the maker of ATMs -- to create "vending kiosks in a pilot program that could be the first step of a national rollout of thousands of units." About 50 should be in place by year's end, and they'll only handle DVD rentals; dunno where, precisely, only that the first two will be in Dallas stores by summer's end. Once more, a question: Why do you want to go to a Blockbuster store to rent DVDs from a Blockbuster-branded ATM-like machine? Jim Keyes, we need to talk. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.