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Wal-Mart to offer online movie service, great news for HDTV lovers

eHDMI
03-01-2010, 06:56 AM
Wal-Mart's recent announcement it will purchase online movie provider Vudu means more competition for Netflix and Amazon and eventually more options for consumers and HDTV lovers.

Story (http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/3904299)

rcoleman11
03-01-2010, 11:24 PM
The article presents a flawed analysis. Note the following comment:

"The competition should mean cheaper prices for consumers for online content, such as movie and TV show rentals and purchases and music videos, and more availability of less expensive devices capable of Web-connectivity, particularly HDTVs."

Most of us already have multiple choices for online content, and it hasn't meant cheaper prices. That's because the studios are setting the prices for online rentals, which they can't do with discs. A dozen new services like Vudu wouldn't lower rental prices, because those prices are based on what they have to pay the studios. That's why Netflix is adding subscribers in droves while VOD is just a blip on the radar. You can rent as many of the new releases as you want from Netflix for a flat monthly price or you can pay $5.99 to watch a single title in a 24-hour window. It's an easy choice for most people. Unless the pricing model changes, discs are here to stay.

Chris Gerhard
03-02-2010, 05:09 AM
The article presents a flawed analysis. Note the following comment:

"The competition should mean cheaper prices for consumers for online content, such as movie and TV show rentals and purchases and music videos, and more availability of less expensive devices capable of Web-connectivity, particularly HDTVs."

Most of us already have multiple choices for online content, and it hasn't meant cheaper prices. That's because the studios are setting the prices for online rentals, which they can't do with discs. A dozen new services like Vudu wouldn't lower rental prices, because those prices are based on what they have to pay the studios. That's why Netflix is adding subscribers in droves while VOD is just a blip on the radar. You can rent as many of the new releases as you want from Netflix for a flat monthly price or you can pay $5.99 to watch a single title in a 24-hour window. It's an easy choice for most people. Unless the pricing model changes, discs are here to stay.

I was stunned when I signed up for VUDU and looked at the prices. No way I will pay that so I agree with you. My hope is that Wal-Mart can break that practice. Wal-Mart surely knows the VUDU pricing structure is doodoo and needs to be fixed. Quality can't touch discs either so there should be a market for discs for a long time, hopefully the remainder of my lifetime.

Chris