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Wal-Mart Jumps Into Video Downloads

According to a well-orchestrated rollout in the mainstream media, retailing giant Wal-Mart is set to enter the video download business Tuesday, with films and TV shows that can be downloaded and played on Windows PCs and some Windows Mobile devices.

A wide range of titles including Superman, The Da Vinci Code and the latest Disney Pirates of the Caribbean will all be available, since no studio in its right mind would dare miss the digital debut of the company that currently sells 40 percent of all U.S. DVDs.

While a crippled movie-download service (only available for Windows PCs, and you can’t burn a copy that works in your DVD player) might have limited appeal, the companion TV-show downloads could take off rapidly. According to USA Today, YouTube hater Viacom will have its shows ready to go for the low Wal-Mart price of $1.96 per episode, available the day after broadcast.

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Wal-Mart, Online Video, iTunes, DVDs

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