UPDATE with CEO comment:
Coinstar's Redbox movie-disk rental box service says it's picked Philadelphia to start selling tickets to live events.
Redbox machines will let you buy concert and sports tickets for selected events at 30 sites starting today and at all 650 local Redboxes at local Acme, ShopRite, Walgreen and other stores by the end of next week.
Tickets will be sold for a limited list of events, including the Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct. 18-28), Villanova University sports events, the Nov. 28 Carrie Underwood concert at Wells Fargo Center, Nascar races at Pocono Raceway (including next year's Pocono 400.)
Redbox president Anne Saunders told me tickets will be sold "for a flat fee of just $1 a ticket," and "at face value or below."
Why Philly? “It is a great live entertainment market," Saunders said. "The breadth of offerings you have, from the film festival, to college sports, to national acts headlining -- we love what Philadelphia has to offer consumers."
She wouldn't talk about competitors like Ticketmaster, who typically charge a higher mark-up. "We're offering a simple, easy, affordable model. At a lot of events, 30, 40, 50 percent of tickets can go unsold. We're providing a new way to reach customers."