Wal-Mart Beefs Up Online Video Service, Adds Popular TV Shows

May 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Wal-Mart is adding several popular television shows to its Vudu online video service, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog. Among the additions, the service will make "Gossip Girl" episodes available a day after their broadcast, according to the story.

"When we were a startup, we had to kind of pick our bets–and we focused on high-definition movies," said Edward Lichty, general manager of the service. "One of the things that we have an opportunity to do now is expand our library broadly."

The move heightens competition among online video services, with Amazon.com also taking aim at dominant player Netflix and Hulu, which offers free next-day viewing of TV shows. Vudu will offer episodes from past seasons of popular shows such as "Glee," "Bones" and "Modern Family," with the per-episode price starting at $1.99, the article notes.

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  1. I’ll pay to watch TV shows/movies online only when the price becomes more appropriate to its real value. Entertainment is, after all, a truly disposable commodity.
    Say 25¢ for a half hour sitcom and 50¢ for an hour long show, and that’s without commercials. $1 for movies over two years old with newer releases no more than $2.
    I have no problem with commercials, so if an online show has them, I expect to pay nothing just like broadcast viewing.

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