Bob Wright seemed to say today that Wal-Mart’s just launched movie download service is bigger than Zucker’s upping. Wright’s right. Wal-Mart will sell digital versions of about 3,000 films and TV episodes from all the major studios and some TV networks. This will put Wal-Mart in direct competition with iTunes. Studios first resisted deals with iTunes cuz of Apple’s desire to sell movies at one price. Studios prefer variable pricing which is what Wal-Mart is offering. Apple’s pricing has also caused scuffles between studios and Wal-Mart which doesn’t want digital copies of films sold cheaper than the wholesale price of physical DVDs. But Wal-Mart has alarming market clout: it accounts for about 40% of DVD sales, and the studios don’t want to piss off their largest customer. As for you consumers out there, remember this: Buying Wal-mart means you’re also buying into all that company’s lousy business practices in terms of discrimination, labor relations, political influence, environment, community impact, corporate culture, supplier relationships, and health care.
Ugh, Now It's Wal-Mart Movie Downloads
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