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Walmart's DVD-to-UltraViolet conversion made official

updated 03:35 pm EDT, Tue March 13, 2012

Walmart kicks of UltraViolet service, now in beta

Walmart has officially announced its UltraViolet conversion service, letting users digitize their existing DVD and Blu-ray movies. Viewers will have the ability to bring a movie into one of the more than 3,500 participating stores in the US and have their movies added to a Vudu account, after which they can stream it at any time.

The service will go live on April 16. To convert a Blu-ray movie, Walmart will charge $2, while going from a DVD to an HD UltraViolet copy will cost $5. Standard-def conversions will cost $2 and are only available from DVDs. As expected, owners get to keep their original movies on disc.

Walmart has partnered with a number of major Hollywood studios, including Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal, and Warner Bros. Only movies from these studios can be upgraded, however, and Walmart representative will help users create a free Vudu account in-store if they don't have one or know how.

UltraViolet is now in the beta phase as well following early tests. It's designed to give users permanent or long-term rights to access a video online without necessarily being tied to a particular device or even service.

by MacNN Staff



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