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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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RE: +1 for competition
By Suntan on 12/28/2010 3:54:08 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


Kind of my thoughts.

Between Vudu, Amazon VOD, itunes and a couple of other no-names offering a la cart movie/TV rental/purchases, how is this going to be any better/different?

Seems to be an already crowded market with a couple of big names (not including Netflix) that already have a head start on them.

Personally, I am interested in seeing what Redbox does for streaming. Although it wasn’t always this way, now-a-days movies and TV shows seem to have a very short expiration date for commanding top dollar. Now a blockbuster is in movie theaters for all of 2 or 3 weeks, second tier movie theaters for an additional 2 or 3, then promptly flushed out to the Target and Wal Mart isles in DVD/BR after that. Showing up in my Netflix queue 30 days later for pennies on the dollar what it costs a person to see it the day it releases. Similar thing for cable based TV episodes. The point is, if Redbox can build a streaming option that is closer to Netflix (wait a little longer to offer the content at substantially lower prices) they might be able to fill a small, but lucrative, niche between Netflix and all these full-price a la cart competitors.

-Suntan


RE: +1 for competition
By AssBall on 12/28/2010 4:49:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think the production companies and studios have a heavy hand in the price (call it royalties) and the delay of movies to DVD too.

That being said, I have no problem waiting even 6 months to get a mailed DVD on my Netflix subscription rather than blowing 30 bucks at the theater (its not like recent movies have been worth a wait, either).

Movie theatre's have and always should remain an expensive novelty, kinda like dining out.

Redbox has been doing great, but they have their work cut out for them and better have some smart execs if they want to compete on Netflix's level for streaming.


RE: +1 for competition
By cjohnson2136 on 12/29/2010 11:31:30 AM , Rating: 2
I actually get to see movies the first week they come out for free. Thank god my wife works in a movie theater


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