Walmart, Hollywood and VUDU – The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
Just about everyone loves movies, our new devices allow us to take our entertainment with us almost everyplace we go, but something has been missing. You buy a DVD and need to watch it at home (or in your car). You can save it to your computer and convert it so you can send it to your ipod. Alternatively you can buy or rent your movies already set up for your devices as a download from the iTunes store, but then you don’t have a hard copy for your collection.
Well, I’m not ready to say this is the solution, but it IS the next step in portable media options for those of us who like to keep what we buy. Walmart, in partnership with the major Hollywood studios is just about to increase the value of movie ownership for its customers. Starting on April 16th, 2012 in more than 3,500 stores, Walmart customers can bring their DVD and Blu-ray collections to a Walmart store and receive digital access to them from the partnering studios.
It works something like this, grab your Sony, Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, or Universal movie and take it to your Walmart Photo Center where a Walmart associate will open a free VUDU account for you. You let the associate know if you would like standard or HD conversion, and the associate will then authorize a digital version of your movie to be added to your VUDU account, no uploading, no bother and you head home with your old movies still in hand. Lastly, simply log onto VUDU.com from most internet connected devices and watch your movies anywhere, anytime.
An equal conversion for standard DVDs and Blu-ray discs will cost $2 and standard DVDs can be upgraded to HD for $5. Perfect? No. Opening the door for movies to be sold with digital rights and other options? I hope so, I have a lot of room left on my iPad. For more information visit Walmart.com