Despite the fact that some WalMart stores were not prepared to handle the new disc to digital service being offered by WalMart’s Vudu service, the addition of DreamWork’s content drew a lot of praise from the industry and consumers. Over 4,000 titles are available not only from DreamWorks, but also prominent entertainment distributors like Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, and Warner Bros Home Entertainment.
Richard Greenfield, a Wall Street research analyst from BTIG, utilized the disc to digital service himself, and noted that it “exceeded” his expectations. WalMart, Vudu and UltraViolet received criticism regarding this service, noting that paying for a digital copy of content already owned might not fly with consumers. Additional, there was doubt that such a service is even necessary when we have so many options to consume entertainment, including streaming services, and DVD mailing services like Blockbuster, as well as the ever-present Red Box kiosks.
The service will certainly enhance Vudu of the available service. However, there have been reports that some WalMart employees knew nothing about the service, and even didn’t know what Vudu was, despite the fact that there was banners and posters around the store promoting the service. In some cases, not all WalMart stores are up to speed, so you might want to make a phone call to your local WalMart store before you start the process.
Ben Drawbaugh of Engaget.com said “Overall I think it is going to be a petty successful service, once all the stores get on board. For one, blu-ray bundles with digital copies typically cost more than $2 more than those without. Two, being able to upgrade a DVD to HD for $5 is a good deal compared to throwing it away and buying the blu-ray – although I wish DVD to blu-ray offers ere expanded.”
Utilizing a service like VUDU means you can rent or purchase individual titles from the official website and stream to supported devices. They have 99 cent movie of the day deals so you can save on content as well. But consumers are advised to compare options at a resource like Streaming 411 to see what these services have to offer as well.
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