As I was waking up this morning and listening to NPR, I heard the interesting news item that Wal-Mart has now entered the arena and is offering/selling movies online (going up against Apple and Netflix). Personally, I’m going to chalk this one up as another upcoming Wal-Mart disaster.
I say disaster because their social site didn’t go over too well. Also, does anyone remember them going up against Netflix and Blockbuster Online? Yeah, I don’t see this working out too well for them.
Are Wal-Mart shoppers really shopping online for movies? My guess is if they’re shopping on Wal-Mart.com, they’re not searching to buy movies online. And if they are, they’re probably already buying movies at Apple or Netflix. The prices they offer are pennies cheaper, so it’s going to take a LOT for someone who currently shops at Apple to switch over.
But here’s the bigger issue...
The videos will not play on any Apple systems, including the iPod.
Are you serious? How do places like Netflix and Wal-Mart not make things work on multiple platforms? First off, you can’t get movies from Netflix if you’re a Mac user. And now, Wal-Mart is doing the same exact thing? What’s worse, their new movie download site doesn’t look so hot on Firefox (click the thumbnail above... Firefox on the left, IE on the right).
It wasn’t as if I disliked Microsoft and Wal-Mart before. Now it seems like they’re really in bed together.