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Walmart’s Vudu Dropping In-Home Disc-to-Digital Support

Vudu is quietly dropping support for its Vudu To Go/In-Home Disc to Digital app, effective Jan. 1, 2020.

The Walmart-owned digital movie transactional service will still allow users to convert DVD and Blu-ray movies for digital access by scanning UPC codes on the Vudu app on select portable devices such as a mobile phone and tablet.

“We look forward to continuing to refine and improve the Disc-to-Digital experience for our users,” Vudu said in the email.

Walmart made headlines in 2012 when it partnered with five major studios (Paramount Home Media Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment) enabling owners of DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies to access digital files of select titles stored in the cloud.

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Lionsgate joined the platform shortly thereafter, while Disney opted to remain with its Disney Movies Anywhere platform, which is now branded Movies Anywhere.

Walmart, which launched the service in more than 3,500 stores, charged $2 per DVD or Blu-ray and $5 when upgrading to high-definition.

In 2017, Walmart switched the Disc-to-Digital platform to Vudu.com, enabling users to scan movie UPC codes (validating user ownership) through the platform app, using GPS to confirm the user’s IP address matched the address of their credit card on file. Vudu offered a free digital movie to entice users. Walmart acquired Vudu in 2010.

In 2018 Vudu discontinued conversions through the Apple version of its app, directing iPhone and iPad users to use Vudu’s mobile website to scan titles.

3 thoughts on “Walmart’s Vudu Dropping In-Home Disc-to-Digital Support”

  1. This sucks…. I had allot of movies I wanted to convert. But I got rid of the cases to lack of space & put all of them in a disc binder. I was able to convert allot of them when it was just the disc that was needed. But didn’t get them all. Now I have to buy the actual digital movie if I want it in my Vudu account.

    1. The disc-to-digital option is still available by scanning a UPC code on a phone using the Vudu smartphone app or the Vudu site in a smartphone web browser. They discontinued their dedicated disc-to-digital app years ago.

  2. I only had one disc to digital movie on Vudu. I wanted to try it when I learned about it and it worked. I still have the email receipt from Vudu. I only paid $2 for the digital version of the movie but it has been removed from my account and I would have to pay $9.99 to buy that movie in Vudu. How can they get away with taking money for this and removing. That should not be legal. I’m thankful I only added one movie that way. I will be hesitant to purchase anymore movies from Vudu because I don’t trust that the movies I purchase from them will remain in my account.

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