If youre willing to pay an extra fee, now you can play your DVD movies on your iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, etc. with Wal-Mart’s new launched “Disc-to-digital” service.
On Tuesday, Wal-Mart said that starting April 16, Wal-Mart customers will be able to convert their DVDs to digital copies that can be streamed on Internet-connected devices like TVs, tablets, game consoles, smartphones, etc. by paying $2 to $5 for each. This service is currently backed by five studios: Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal and Warner Bros.
This disc-to-digital service will allows Wal-Mart consumers to watch the DVD movies they purchased on lots of portable devices while keeping the original DVD discs with just a little extra money.
This service is powered by Wal-Mart’s video streaming technology subsidiary Vudu. To use this service, customers need to create a Vudu account because the digital copies are stored in Vudu. This disc-to-digital service marks Wal-Mart’s support of UltraViolet, the online movie technology supported by many big movie studios and technology companies. Wal-Mart’s support of UltraViolet will definitely provide a boost to UltraViolet and help it compete with Apple’s iCoud movie service. The five big movie studios said that Wal-Mart’s backing was a great advance for UltraViolet and the disc-to-digital option will acclimate consumers to store DVD movies on line.
Consumers can just take their DVD discs to Wal-Mart photo centers and the employees will add the digital copy version to Vudu. Consumers then can access to the digital copies by logging into Vudu. At present, not every DVD movie can be converted because the movie studios don’t have the digital copies of all movies they provide. Just note that DVD rented from Redbox, Netflix, Blockbuster, etc. won’t be accepted. To rip Redbox and Netflix DVD rentals, you can refer to Rip Redbox DVD Rentals or Rip Netflix DVD.