Think Redbox for jet-setters who prefer to download rather than stream. Say what? It's a new movie-rental option found in several airports in the U.S. and Canada.
Available: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Requires iOS 6 or later. Also available for Android 2.3 or later on Google Play and Windows. Requires 4GB available space
Cost: The app is free; movie rentals are $4.99.
What it does: It's an app that works in conjunction with a digital rental kiosk.
What's hot: It was just what I needed at just the right time — on a 31/2-hour layover in Houston before the last leg of a return flight home. The kiosk directions were easy to understand, the app was quick to download to my smartphone and although the movie took 15 minutes to download, I was told in advance and continued because I had the time. The best part? I didn't have to rely on sluggish airport Wi-Fi because the Digiboo kiosk has its own.
What's not: User reviews are fairly poor on both the iTunes Store and Google Play. Users seem to have different experiences depending on their devices and Wi-Fi strength at various airports. That said, I didn't have any difficulties on my iPhone 6 Plus. The description in Google Play notes that a new player is coming in June to accommodate Android 5.0 and above. My only peeve was that I couldn't buy the movies on my smartphone and then download them separately on multiple devices so that each family member had his or her own movie to watch.