A few years ago, we had a post saying that it wasn't the record labels that had slowed the move to authorized digital downloads of music, but the music retailers, like Tower Records, who were fighting to keep authorized music offline. It was only as those retailers started declaring bankruptcy, that the labels starting focusing on authorized music download sites. Well, as we move to downloadable movies, will the retailers get in the way again? Rajesh writes in to point to an interesting paragraph mixed in with an otherwise uninteresting Reuters article on various attempts at building a movie download site: Wal-Mart has made it clear to the studios that they don't like the idea of movie downloads. Of course, Wal-Mart is a huge retailer when it comes to DVDs, and the studios probably don't want to piss off Wal-Mart. So, will that mean that they'll hold off from embracing movie downloads? That might be difficult. They've already seen what happened when the recording industry resisted too long, and it seems unlikely that they'd be willing to hold back completely -- even if it upsets Wal-Mart in the short term.
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