If you have acquired your fair share of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, you know how nice it would be to clear up that space on the shelves and convert them into iPad format. This is where Walmart’s new Disc-to-Digital service, offered through their digital content delivery system at Vudu.com, comes into play. It’s a unique service that works on the premise that you’ve already purchased a disc, which gives you a license to watch the copy protected DVD content whenever—and wherever—you want. In this article I will go over how the entire service works and so alternate solutions so you can avoid having to lug your DVD movie collection to Wally World just so they can verify that you own the DVD. Here’s how it works….
Vudu and UltraViolet Accounts
To save yourself some time and unnecessary trips to your local Walmart, set up an account on Vudu.com first. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete. The UltraViolet service is the movie industry’s digital licensing service and is required to fully participate in the Disc-to-Digital offering. Fortunately, it’s a simple setup and is automatically linked to your account.
You will need to provide some very basic information, and a credit card is required, but is only used when you’re buying or renting movies you don’t already own. The service is free with previously owned materials and will be attached to the email account you used when you signed up, so remember that because you’ll need to provide it to the Wal-Mart service rep that will be assisting you.
New Vudu members will automatically get one free movie just for signing up, and can obtain up to five additional free movies just for using the new Disc-to-Digital service.
Choose Your Movies
Once you’ve signed up at Vudu.com visit their website and click on the “Disc-to-Digital” link at the top of the page. Match up your library of movies with the thousands of available titles at Vudu by using the handy search tool. Not every movie ever made is available, so don’t expect to find the rare films, but their list of available titles numbers well into the thousands. They’re adding new titles every day and once you’ve completed your list of movies, you can print that list, which is highly recommended as it will lead to faster service once you’re ready to begin.
Visit Your Local Walmart
Now the fun begins. When you’ve completed filling out the forms at Vudu.com, take the printed list and all of the DVDs and Blu-ray discs into any Walmart store (more than 3,500 Walmart stores currently offer this service) to begin the process. The disc-to-digital service is generally offered in or near the photo department in each location.
The “conversion” process is actually quite straightforward. Because the movies already exist in digital format, there’s no need to convert them. When the Walmart associate is done with your list of movies you won’t be given digital copies of them; those remain online.
What’s actually taking place here is your list of movies, rightfully owned by you as evidenced by the fact you’ve brought them with you, is being verified against the list at Vudu. Once verified, those titles are “unlocked” in your Vudu.com account and are now available for your viewing pleasure, anytime, anywhere, on any supported Vudu devices.
These devices include a wide range of Blu-ray players, the Sony PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Smart TVs, and all versions of the Apple iPad through the Safari browser.
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