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Walmart Makes Disc-to-Digital Easy

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — It’s the way of the world. First it was beta, then VHS, then DVD…and now it’s all about streaming video.

Take a look inside any large retailer and it’s plain to see DVD’s are still a hot item. But as more people rely on streaming video services, their popularity is cooling a bit.

In response, Walmart offers an in-store service to let customers convert their physical DVD’s into digital copies.

“Walmart is now offering the latest technology to the customers where they can actually bring in a DVD or Blu-ray in order to get it converted over to a digital copy,” said manager Scott Laviano at his Chicopee store.

The process is easy and Walmart will do it for you.

They’ll set up your very own vudu.com account and verify you own a DVD copy of the movie you want to convert. And since it’s Walmart, the price is pretty easy too.

“It’s $2 to do a standard DVD or a Blu-ray DVD and in fact if you want to take a standard DVD and make it into high-definition the cost is only $5,” said Laviano. He says the service takes only a few minutes to complete, then you’ll be able to watch your movies from any internet enabled device.

Best Buy offers a similar program, though their customers can do the disk to digital conversion without even leaving their house. It’s completely on-line.

That’s something Walmart says it will also have up and running by the end of the month.

“We’ve had a great response,” said Laviano. “A lot of people have been coming in and actually taking advantage of it. And I think later this month when they can actually do it from home we’ll see a lot more take advantage of it.”

A word of warning before you go in with your DVD’s. Disney has not signed an agreement with Walmart, so you can’t convert any of their movies to digital just yet.