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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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No pricing details. Fail?
By HrilL on 12/29/2010 1:01:18 PM , Rating: 2
These new services are for morons.

With Best Buy you get to "own" a movie for $15 for as long as you have an account or until the services shuts down. (Many of these services where you "own" music/movies close down and you lose what you paid for.) They charge $4 to rent a movie for 24 hours. While you have 30 days to play the movie once you start it you must finish within 24 hours or you don't get to finish.

Sears is going to charge $20 to "own" a movie and $4 to rent one with the same time restrictions as Best Buy.

Or you can just get Netflix for $8 a month for streaming only and "own" all the movies they offer for streaming. Its the same as owning them on any of the other services since you don't actually get to have a downloaded copy on your computer and it will only last while you have an account or until the service shuts down so Netflix is by far the better deal.

This is clearly designed for people that are too ignorant to know of the better options out there.

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