View Full Version : Wal-Mart to Launch Movie/TV Downloads

Feb 6, 2007, 05:08 AM
I think this is good for Apple. More studios should now open their valults to the iTMS if Apple can get past Wal-Marts variable pricing, which the studios want.

Link (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_on_hi_te/wal_mart_movie_downloads;_ylt=AvjwKQdkm9SdJXU_jrTRZqzMWM0F;_ylu=X3oDMTA3cjE0b2MwBHNlYwM3Mzg-)

LOS ANGELES - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching its long-awaited online movie download store, entering a market that has yet to catch on with consumers but is expected to grow rapidly.

A "beta" version of the online video store, set to debut Tuesday, will sell digital versions of about 3,000 films and television episodes from all the major studios and some TV networks, including Fox Broadcasting. Wal-Mart will not initially offer content from ABC, CBS or NBC, although the company said it hopes to add shows from those networks.

The nation's largest retailer is using its buying power to beat the prices charged by other download services in many cases, offering films from $12.88 to $19.88 and individual TV episodes for $1.96 4 cents less than Apple Inc.'s iTunes store.

Feb 6, 2007, 05:15 AM
does anyone have any screen shots of the store ? (online store that is)

Feb 6, 2007, 05:22 AM

Feb 6, 2007, 05:24 AM
darn need an account to view it - so the question is what's it like interface wise compared to iTunes ?

i would think it would look like Amazons offering

Feb 6, 2007, 09:20 AM
According to Gizmodo, it's all "Big Six" studios...

Interrupting my sleep and scoring a major coup in digital distribution—one not even his Jobsness has pulled off (yet)—Wal-Mart has become the first (and thus far, only) digital distributor to go into business with all six major studios: Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Universal will all be selling digital movies at its online store.

Movies will run from $12.88 to $19.88 on the day the DVD drops, while older flicks start at $7.50. All movies will have roughly the same price as the actual DVD at Wal-Mart stores, though. This is also the deal's biggest flaw in our view—why pay almost what you'd pay for the actual DVD? Intriguingly mentioned is the possibility of discounts for people who buy both DVDs and digital videos.

It will also have TV shows from Comedy Central, CW, FX, Logo, MTV and Nickelodeon—all Viacom networks, so maybe we'll see CBS in the mix? TV shows run a bit cheaper than iTunes, at $1.96 a pop. Altogether, it will offer "access to 3,000 productions," though there's no indication as to how that's divided between movies and TV shows.

Topping it off, Wal-Mart has recruited HP to design the store and ostensibly make it more user-friendly than its standard site. We tried getting in to scope it out, but right now it appears to walled off. This is a huge win for Wal-Mart, but it remains to be seen if the Wal-Mart name can drive the market to new heights (with lower prices to boot), or conversely, if it winds up driving people away. Either way, begun the download wars have. – Matt Buchanan

Source: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/wal+mart/breaking-walmart-first-to-offer-digital-movies-from-all-big-six-studios-234220.php