The retailer is expanding its Disc-to-Digital service so that consumers can have their DVDs converted without leaving home.
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Walmart will soon be able to convert your DVD movies to online digital content directly from your PC.
Disco-service digital company already manages that type of conversion. But the current process requires a trip to your shop Walmart to get your DVD converted.
Starting sometime this month, the service will be extended to handle the conversion with the entire drive from the PC. Using its streaming video service Vudu, Walmart convert your DVD and Blu-ray movies and TV shows in ultraviolet digital copies. These copies are then stored in their online bookstores where you can watch from any supported computer, phone, tablet, gaming system, TV or Blu-ray.
Free Vudu mobile applications are available for the iPad and Android devices. Walmart promises that iOS users will be able to download and streaming titles from mid-February.
What is the cost? You can convert a standard DVD movies or Blu-ray for $ 2 and updating of a standard DVD with a digital copy HD for $ 5.
To push the service, Wal-Mart offers customers 10 free pre-selected movie if you sign up for an account UltraViolet or link to an existing account.
Rival retailer Best Buy recently launched a similar function, called CinemaNow that allows you to convert hard copies in ultraviolet from the comfort of your home.
Both Vudu and CinemaNow has the same limitation: You can not simply convert any movie or TV show from your library. Must be a title supported by each respective service, and the format ultraviolet.
Walmart and Best Buy each support about 3,500 different movies from studios like Sony, Universal, Warner and Lionsgate. Although relatively small in number, the selections you include a healthy variety of both classic and recent films.