Beginning on April 16, more than 3,500 Walmart stores across the United States will begin offering digital conversions for select DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Any movie that is “converted” will be instantly added to a customer’s VUDU account which can be accessed from a range of internet-connected devices such as the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iPad, HDTVs and Blu-ray players. You still get to keep your discs, so Walmart is just providing you access to a digital copy for a price.
This service isn’t free. It’ll cost $2 to convert a disc into its digital counterpart in standard definition. For $5, Walmart will grant you access to a HD version of the movies you bring in. The whole process will be performed in Walmart’s Photo Center. It’s likely Walmart will have a method to ensure the same discs aren’t being passed around in exchange for digital copies.
Many tech savvy individuals will argue it’s still better to just rip your DVDs and Blu-rays yourself and save a lot of money in the long run. By doing this, you’ll also be able to take the movie file and place it on multiple devices without any red tape. Then again, Walmart’s service is like a fast food equivalent to movie conversion. It costs more and has more limitations than if you were to convert movies yourself, but it’s much faster to have someone else do it.