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Visitors to Wal-Mart's video download site are being greeted with the message "The Wal-Mart Video Downloads Service closed on 12/21/07" after the retail giant quietly canned the service because "Hewlett Packard discontinued the technology that powered it". According to Reuters, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amy Colella added that the …


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  1. Joe K

    3 guesses why it failed

    ummm, DRM, and ridiculous prices for what is essentially ones and zeroes.

    OK, two guesses is all it requires.

  2. Rob Beard
    Jobs Horns

    At least they're offering refunds

    At least Walmart are offering refunds. Maybe this will start to teach retailers that DRM infected downloads are a bad idea (well, DRM in general really).


  3. Joseph Zygnerski

    @At least they're offering refunds

    No, the article says they are NOT offering refunds.

    Hard to refund a download. It's not like you can give it back.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Haha to the suckers that bought DRM infected downloads! Now they are all SOL. And for everyone else that was smart enough not to download that shite, well, that's why the service failed. Dumbass Wal-Mart, if they actually tried to offer a decent service maybe that wouldn't happen. But the pirates beat them again - all hail!

  5. Lance

    What a surprise

    Not surprised given the target market that Wal-Mart caters too.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Lack of Data

    You are all wrong. The reason for the cancelation was all HP's doing.

    Turns out, ONLY Wal-Mart bought into the technology.

    Sounds like pi** poor PR from HP's part.

  7. Anonymous Coward

    Let this be a(nother) lesson to potential HP business "partners"

    You're not important to them, pick another "partner" if you can.

    HP may (or may not) have the relevant technology but they clearly don't have a clue about the market, and what "partnership" means.

    Was this a relic from the Carly era? It wasn't launched while she was "in control" but may have been dreamed up during her reign...

    Original HP press release for "Video Merchant Services" (Feb 6, 2007):

  8. heystoopid
    Paris Hilton


    Oh well pity the poor suckers that bought into these crap downloads but undoubtedly google will show a few questionable programs to permanently remove this DRM anyway or numerous forums will spring up to give a few pointers in the appropriate direction as well !

    Now that the next generation of real multitasking super home computers and laptops are coming none of which will be stressed in disposing of any form of current model DRM being sold , I guess the writing is on the wall but fools being the incompetent fools and adherents of the "Peter Principle" with empty vacant heads incapable of holding more then one thought a time , will always ignore the obvious !

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