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Issue Date:-22 September 2008

2nd Movie Booth DVD kiosk launches on Merseyside

FOLLOWING on from the positive initial reception to an automated DVD rental kiosk in Spar, Formby, a second Movie Booth is launching in Southport next week at the Spar store on Liverpool Road. The launch is aiming to take advantage in the growing popularity of ‘Big Nights In’ as opposed to the traditional night on the town.

The DVD kiosk concept has so far received an excellent response from the people of Formby since launching on Green Lane in May, and on the back of this The Movie Booth has decided to add another kiosk to the region to serve consumer demand.

DVD rental machines are experiencing a steady growth in the ever-changing industry, and The Movie Booth kiosks operate using advanced robotics making the rental of movies a fully automated experience for the customer. The kiosks placed in the Spar stores in Merseyside are expected to form the basis of the roll-out of multiple kiosks across the North West. Spar Formby’s Movie Booth has proved popular with customers looking for a cost-effective, convenient way to rent DVD’s.

The launch of the new kiosk will allow all new users to claim their first rental for free until the end of October, and the kiosk will be updated with the latest new release movies on a weekly basis, and ongoing rentals at the kiosk will be charged at £2.99 for twenty four hours. As part of the launch, Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Charlotte Denton will be giving demonstrations on how to use the kiosk during its first weeks of deployment.

John Youssef, who is overseeing the deployment of DVD kiosks on Merseyside said:- “The Formby kiosk has started extremely well, as I knew it would, so we have decided not to waste any time in getting the next one set up. We hope to launch two more by the end of 2008. We will again be offering the first night rental free to get people used to renting films from the machine.“


Arriva’s Nick Gordon invites commuters to save money with Arriva

SOARING fuel prices, higher road tax and increasing car park charges have all been hitting drivers in their wallets. Now local bus company Arriva North West and Wales is set to conduct a study in Liverpool to examine the actual differences in costs between travelling by car and bus.

Arriva North West and Wales is looking for a number of Liverpool commuters to take part in the exercise and is offering free bus travel for those who agree to complete the challenge.

Anyone who would like to become involved in the initiative can request further information by contacting the Arriva North West and Wales team on

Nick Gordon, marketing manager for Arriva North West and Wales, said:- “In the current economic climate, people are increasingly watching what they are spending and we believe that buses offer a way for people to reduce their travel costs.  Buses offer great value for people travelling in and out of towns and cities. There are no car parking charges and, with the car being left at home, it’s better for the environment.  An added benefit of travelling by bus is that you can sit back, relax and let the driver worry about the traffic.

Here at Arriva North West and Wales, we already run a number of offers to help our passengers make the most of their money including Day, Weekly and 4-Weekly tickets. Multi journey tickets can be used as many times as you like and they are also transferable to friends and family.  Now we want to hear from people who are willing to take part in our test to compare the realities of travelling by car versus the bus.”

The Arriva North West and Wales cost comparison study will commence on Wednesday, 1 October 2008.

The deadline to contact Arriva North West and Wales for people who wish to take part is Sunday, 28 September 2008.

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