Walmart Wants To Digitize Your DVD Collection For YouDon Kaye |
Tired of not being able to watch all those DVDs and Blu-rays taking up space in your house when you're not home? Well, Walmart has announced a solution for you.
According to Techcrunch, the superstore chain announced today that it will begin a new program on April 16th through which you can convert your DVDs or Blu-rays to digital copies. Just bring your discs to your local Walmart, pay two bucks and everything on that shiny plastic platter will be turned into ones and zeros. For five dollars, standard DVDs can also be upgraded to HD.
How do you access all that content once it's uploaded? Simply sign up for an account with online video service VUDU, which Walmart owns and is using as a repository for all the digital files. Once your account is set up, your former DVDs and Blu-rays will be available to watch on approximately 300 devices, including tablets, laptops, smartphones, etc. (of course, they have to be connected to the internet).
The major studios are all on board with the plan, and seem to think it will encourage consumers to actually buy more DVDs and Blu-rays so they can make digital copies and take them wherever they go, instead of just renting or streaming them on Netflix (here's a question: can you take a disc you rented from Netflix and get that digitized? Something tells me that Netflix discs are flagged somehow). According to the video tutorial below, you have to see if your disc is on a list of approved titles on the VUDU site, so it's possible that not all your favorites can be digitized -- at least not yet.
Walmart is giving this initiative a big push, so expect to start seeing commercials and advertisements for it everywhere. Is this something you think you'd like to do? Would you digitize your favorite DVDs and Blu-rays so you can access them wherever and whenever you want? (via Movies.com)