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
Entertainment, the newest offering of downloaded entertainment on
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
quote: Anyway, the Sears/Kmart deal appears to be for rentals (i.e. $3 to watch a movie over a 24 hour period) rather than unlimited streaming. So, it'll be competing with the likes of Amazon and Apple - not Netflix, and I see it failing... quick.
quote: The only way to get around the delay is to pony up more money to the studios and that will raise your rental fee.