Wal-Mart’s Vudu in Hollywood

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Heard on the Street: Wal-Mart’s Vudu in Hollywood —- By Martin Peers

Cable operators, you have been warned.

If anything underscores the long-term threat to cable companies’ video service from the Internet, it is Wal-Mart Stores’ purchase of Vudu — a video-on-demand (VOD) Web service. Investors in Time Warner Cable and Comcast must hope they pay attention
But this isn’t likely to persist. Wal-Mart has the clout with manufacturers to extend the number of TV’s compatible with Vudu. It sold 14.6% of flat-panel TVs in the third quarter, estimates TraQline.

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[Financial Analysis and Commentary]
Martin Peers, Author – Dow Jones & Company, Inc.