Attention Movie Fans: Walmart Gives You More Ways to Love your Favorite Films

Mon Jan 7, 2013 12:00pm EST

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Walmart Expands Digital Entertainment Offering with New Disc-to-Digital In-Home
Service and Facebook Entertainment App
LAS VEGAS,  Jan. 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Walmart is making it easier and more
enjoyable for movie fans to watch their favorite movies when and where they
want. Today at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the
retailer announced it is expanding its in-store Disc-to-Digital service to
provide customers with digital versions of their previously purchased movies
from the comfort of their home. Walmart will also be launching a new Facebook
app that will give people access to exclusive movie content and the power to
influence and shape what movies are sold in-store and online.

"From Smartphones to Smart TVs, our customers are consuming and sharing content
more than ever," said  John Aden, executive vice president for general
merchandising, Walmart U.S. "We see a great opportunity to provide our customers
with accessible and affordable tools to help them bring their movie collections
into the digital age. In addition to Disc-to-Digital, Walmart's new
Entertainment Facebook app will give movie fans a starring role by serving as
place for them to share, interact with and choose the movies they want to see in
our stores and online - ultimately enhancing the way people watch and enjoy
movies."

Walmart Entertainment's Disc-to-Digital Service, Powered by VUDU
Starting this month, watching DVD and Blu-ray movies from compatible
Internet-connected devices will get even easier. Walmart's industry-leading
video streaming service, VUDU, will soon have the capability to convert
previously purchased DVD/Blu-ray movies to  UltraViolet  digital copies.
UltraViolet is a free, cloud-based digital library that gives users greater
flexibility with how and where they watch the movies and TV shows they purchase.

Customers need to simply take the following steps:

* Visit  http://www.VUDU.com  and download the VUDU To Go App for Macs and PCs. 

* Search for previously-purchased movies from participating studio partners -
DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate, MGM Studios, Paramount Home Media Distribution,
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,
Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  
* Select how you would like the movies converted:

* Convert a standard DVD or Blu-ray movie for  $2; or,  
* Upgrade a standard DVD to an HD digital copy for  $5.

* The VUDU To Go App will authorize the digital UltraViolet copies and place
them in your VUDU account. No upload is necessary, and customers get to keep
their physical discs.  
* Log onto VUDU.com to view movies any time, any place from any of the more than
300 Internet-connected devices supported by VUDU.

Walmart recently enhanced the VUDU experience by providing the ability to stream
and download more than 100,000 movies and TV shows on a growing list of select
Android tablets. While the capability to stream on iOS devices is already
offered, these users will have the capability to download their collections
starting mid-February. The free app is now available for download in the Google
Play and iTunes stores.  

As an added incentive to try Disc-to-Digital, powered by VUDU, Walmart is giving
customers who sign up for a new VUDU account 10 free pre-selected movies when
they sign up for an UltraViolet account or link to an existing account.

Walmart Facebook Entertainment App
Developed in partnership with  Hollywood's largest studios, the Walmart
Entertainment Facebook App will enable Walmart's more than 26 million  Facebook 
fans to read and submit kid friendly movie reviews, watch exclusive
behind-the-scenes film content and even vote on what movies the retailer will
feature - everything from limited releases to Walmart  $5  movie bin offers.

* Customers that use the Walmart Entertainment Facebook App will have the
ability to:  
* Vote for popular movies to be sold in-store and online;  
* Personalize movie recommendations and fan picks and share with friends;  
* Redeem and share special promotions and offers, such as free movies via VUDU; 

* View mom-approved movie ratings and recommendations; and  
* Gain access to exclusive content for highly anticipated theatrical and DVD
releases and video games - trailers, sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes, polls,
photos, interviews and more.

Walmart's Entertainment App will be available just in time for the highly
anticipated The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 Blu-ray and DVD pre-sale
in February.

"The concept behind Walmart's Entertainment app is to create an innovative
approach to shopping," said  Tom Arrix, VP of Global Marketing Solutions,
Facebook US. "Connecting social activity to Walmart stores across the country
will empower fans to change and personalize the store experience."

More News from CES
Digital Entertainment Group Honors
The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) announced its selection of Walmart as this
year's "Retailer of the Year for Hardware, Software and Digital" marking the
first time a single retailer has won all three categories. The membership of DEG
voted for Walmart based on its leadership and innovation in supporting new
digital technologies and offering its customers a broad range of products and
services from Blu-ray hardware and software to its Disc-to-Digital program.  

"We are honored that The Digital Entertainment Group has selected Walmart as
this year's Retailer of the Year. When we launched Disc-to-Digital, we had a
singular focus - give our customers a new way to watch the movies they already
own while also unlocking more ways to enjoy them. We are committed to innovation
and are proud to offer our customers simple and affordable services to bring
their movies into the digital age," acknowledged Aden.

To learn more about Walmart Entertainment's new services please visit: 
www.walmartstores.com/entertainment

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and
live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their
mobile devices. Each week, more than 200 million customers and members visit our
10,400 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10
countries. With fiscal year 2012 sales of approximately  $444 billion, Walmart
employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a
leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity.
Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting 
http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at  http://facebook.com/walmart and
on Twitter at  http://twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are
available at  http://www.walmart.com and  http://www.samsclub.com.

SOURCE  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


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