The ATM-style machine has a monitor where customers can pick out a movie and a USB port that the movie can be downloaded onto after payment.

By Joe Mullin (Ars Technica) |

At this point, the most common ways to get illegal digital content are no secret. There’s peer-to-peer downloading, “cyberlocker”-type sites, and unauthorized streaming sites that demand to put sketchy software on your computer.

But what if you could download Hollywood flicks to a USB drive at a convenient kiosk for just a few cents each? And do so while shopping at your local mall? This sounds like a dream of convenient and cheap entertainment, but it’s just one more piracy nightmare for the entertainment industry.

Remarkably, there appears to be just such a machine in Ethiopia, according to a report out this weekend on the TorrentFreak website.

The bright yellow kiosk, at right, was spotted by a TorrentFreak reader at an Ethiopian “All Mart,” described as Ethiopia’s equivalent of a Walmart, in the capital Addis Ababa.

“Basically, you go to this very big store, and you approach the machine, and you plug in a USB drive,” the anonymous reader, who provided photos, told TorrentFreak. “The screen will turn on, and it will let you browse through a massive archive of movies.”

The ATM-style machine has a monitor where customers can pick out a movie and a USB port that the movie can be downloaded onto after payment.

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