I first heard about uploading DVDs to the cloud through Walmart’s Disc-to-Digital service a couple of weeks ago. I saw a brief announcement and then heard my husband’s coworkers talking about it on the air on TheDove Radio. I was intrigued. After all, I’m a self-proclaimed tecno-geek, and disc-to-digital definitely falls into the techno-geeek category.
To my delight, I was offered the opportunity to review Walmart’s Disc-to-Digital service just a few days later! I browsed through my DVD collection, trying to figure out which movies I NEEDED in digital form. After looking at what movies were available for disc-to-digital service and comparing them to our DVD library, we settled on RV (a favorite for Bug & Stargirl), Cats & Dogs (anther kid favorite), and Gettysburg (for Sportsguy, who is also a history buff).
Now that we’ve tried disc-to-digital, I’ll tell you how it went.
Points to remember:
- You are not actually converting anything. You are paying for the rights to own your movie in the cloud. You get to keep your DVD.
- An SD license costs $3, and an upgrade to HD costs $5.
- Create your Vudu.com account BEFORE you head to Walmart.
- Search for the movies you want to convert before heading to Walmart. Not all movies are available.
- Read the fine print. If you’re planning on streaming movies through your XBox 360, you will need to purchase an XBox Live Gold Membership for an additional fee.
- You can only stream in SD on computers and iPads.
Overall, my experience was a good one. The process of putting my movies into my Vudu account only took about 5 minutes at Walmart, and the movie looks good on playback. I love that I can download my Vudu library to my computer. This will come in handy on our vacation later this year. We won’t have to pack the kids’ favorite DVDs and worry about losing or breaking them while we’re away from home.
I look forward to the day more movie studios sign on with Walmart/Vudu. As the number of movies available grows, I can see this being a service I use…a lot!
*Disclosure: I am a Walmart Mom. This post is sponsored by Walmart. Walmart has provided me with product and/or compensation in exchange for my time and efforts in creating this post. My participation is voluntary. As always, my opinion is my own.