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Wal-Mart is also streaming movies now

Having seamlessly integrated itself into all areas of human need and desire, our benevolent provider Wal-Mart has added streaming video to the many services it offers, finally making use of the on-demand video site Vudu.com that it absorbed (like so many independent retailers before it) some 18 months ago. As of Tuesday, you can now use your computer, TV, PlayStation3, Blu-ray player, or just about anything with Internet access to rent or buy digital copies of more than 20,000 titles from the Wal-Mart library, including many new movies the same day they arrive on DVD—which gives it a slight advantage over Netflix, as does the fact that Wal-Mart charges only a per-film rental fee of between $1 and $5.99 instead of forcing users into a subscription. Strangely, however, that library does not include entries from Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble’s product-and-good-Christian-values-placement-heavy “Family Movie Night” productions—like the LeVar Burton-starring The Jensen Project, seen below—which just seems like a total waste of Wal-Mart resources.

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