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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: Please stop the embeding
By Richard875yh5 on 12/29/2010 9:32:04 AM , Rating: 2
Cost is what I think consumers are worried about. If a bunch of services are embedded in a TV, I'm sure that will bring the cost up considerably.

RE: Please stop the embeding
By theapparition on 12/29/2010 11:05:03 AM , Rating: 1
Wrong. Those services pay the manufacturer to load them, in effect, LOWERING the price of the finished goods (in this case a Television).

Without such advertised subsidies, the cost of many goods would skyrocket considerably.

I don't have an issue with 2000 services installed on web capable TV's, as long as they are non-intrusive (no constant pop ups, ads, etc) and they do not have an adverse affect on the overall functionality.

RE: Please stop the embeding
By knutjb on 12/29/2010 1:00:56 PM , Rating: 2
It will all be a moot point if the FCC continues create regulations out of thin air for the net without legal authority.

You won't be able to access Netflix or whoever without paying exorbitant fees to anti-competitive ISPs and all the extra taxes required by the FCC to make sure all is "fair."

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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