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Duo launches movie-download service

It appears that Netflix has more competition, and Sears is playing catch up with other retailers.  Sears and Sonic Solutions announced today that they have partnered up to provide Alphaline Entertainment, the newest offering of downloaded entertainment on the internet.   

Sonic Solutions provides content delivery through the RoxioNow Platform for the now live service. Sears and Kmart customers will be able to access movies and television shows from the newest online movie download service the same day they are released to DVD and Blu-ray Disc. 

"Collaborating with Sonic provides a great opportunity for Sears and Kmart to launch digital services for customers seeking even faster access to the latest in home entertainment experiences," said Karen Austin, President of Consumer Electronics for Sears and Kmart. "We'll continue to increase the reach and flexibility of the Alphaline Entertainment service by providing consumers on-demand access to the latest entertainment from a range of home and mobile electronics."

Sonic has already teamed up with Best Buy to put its movie library into the store's Web-connected gadgets and Sears competitor Wal-Mart just bought Vudu, a service that streams movies to internet-connected TVs.

The Sears/Sonic team has a multi-year agreement and is setting-up plans for a multi-phase rollout that will also make the service available on portable media players, mobile phones and high-definition televisions.  According to the company, the service is being embedded in chips for TVs, mobile phones, Blu-ray Disc and other connected devices.

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I still do not understand
By rudy on 12/28/2010 3:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
Now we have odd partners jumping in but the one group that could crush the competition is still holding back. Why don't cable and TV providers just have better prices as a value added service to TV this might save them from their eventual demise. If it was $1 per movie for cable on demand I would dump netflix and never go to redbox. Instead they charge an outrageous $5 per movie.

RE: I still do not understand
By Yames on 12/28/2010 3:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, plus I wish there was a way to a la carte the cable channels you want.

I know several people, myself included,looking to ditch their cable in favor of streaming services combined with OTA DVRing. Depending on your viewing habits the savings could be substantial. I am looking at getting about 80% of the content I want at $60 a month savings. Very tempting...

RE: I still do not understand
By Denigrate on 12/28/2010 3:31:16 PM , Rating: 2
Because they are dinosaurs, and need to be extinct. It would be better for the consumers if we had full choice as to the channel content we watch. I'd much rather pay per channel access fees to individual channels like SyFy and a couple sports channels and end up paying $25-$30 per month for channels that I actually watch instead of paying $50/month at a minimum for 200 channels I never watch.

I currently have an antenna in my attic and subscribe to the $7.99 instant watch on Netflix. Cable company is still getting some of my cash for broaband.

By Shadowmaster625 on 12/28/2010 4:14:15 PM , Rating: 2
Those dinosaurs are just going to charge more and more for broadband. In the end you will still be paying $3 to $7 a movie to the ISP. One way or another...

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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