VUDU Digital Movie Cards Available Exclusively at Nationwide Walmart Stores
SANTA CLARA, Calif., – June 14, 2011 – VUDU, a leading subscription-free, video-on-demand movie service and wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart stores, today announced an exclusive digital movie card with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s BATTLE: LOS ANGELES. The digital movie card is available today at nationwide Walmart stores, the same day as the Blu-ray/DVD release.
The BATTLE: LOS ANGELES digital movie cards are available in standard definition and will be sold for $14.96 in the entertainment area at Walmart stores. Customers simply purchase the card and then use the provided code to access BATTLE: LOS ANGELES directly from the browser on their computers or from one of more than 300 VUDU-enabled CE devices, including HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc players and the PlayStation 3. VUDU plans to release additional movie cards for popular titles in the coming months.
“Digital movie cards are a great way for Walmart’s millions of movie customers to own and watch digital movies through the VUDU service,” said Edward Lichty, general manager, VUDU. “By partnering with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on this exclusive, new movie card, we’re transforming a physical purchase into a digital ownership experience, in a way that is easy for customers to understand and access.”
“Consumer demand for digital content continues to grow,” said John Calkins, VP, global digital and commercial innovation, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “Movie cards allow us to take digital transactions into high-traffic, off-line environments, and also give us the opportunity to deliver our digital content offerings for a lower price point than new release DVDs.”
Digital movie cards are one of many ways VUDU is introducing Walmart customers to digital content. VUDU includes digital offers on hundreds of DVD and Blu-ray titles at Walmart stores, representing more than eight million physical DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. Specific offers include free digital copies with the purchase of select DVDs or Blu-ray Discs, $5 VUDU credits, bonus VUDU rentals with purchase and more.
About BATTLE: LOS ANGELES
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world -- Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, and China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before. BATTLE: LOS ANGELES was written by Chris Bertolini (The General’s Daughter) and produced by Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur (The Green Hornet, The Bounty Hunter). Executive producers are Jeffrey Chernov (upcoming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Star Trek) and David Greenblatt. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures and has a run time of approximately 116 minutes. It has been rated PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language.
A leader in HD streaming, VUDU offers the world’s largest selection of HD movies, including thousands of blockbusters, Hollywood classics, and indies available in stunning HDX 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Movies are available the same day they are released on DVD or Blu-ray, and can be rented or purchased without a subscription. VUDU is available on internet-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players from FUNAI Electronics (Magnavox, Sylvania), LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba and VIZIO, and on the PlayStation?3 computer entertainment system from Sony. VUDU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores, Inc., and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com/.
About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at 9,029 retail units under 60 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than 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://www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
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