Buy Toy Story 3 at Walmart? Stream It on VUDU

Tomorrow, when Pixar’s Toy Story 3 becomes available on DVD and Blu-ray, any consumer who buys a disc at Walmart will receive a code to download the film to their VUDU-enabled device. According to VUDU, “The future of media has officially arrived, and it is awesome!”

Who Will Redbox Choose as Its Digital Partner?

While Redbox confirmed that it would have a digital video offering in 2011, and said it would do so with a partner, it had little to say about the specifics of what such a plan would look like. Here’s who we think that partner might be.

Wal-Mart, Best Buy to Face Off in Digital Video Sales

For years, people have gone to Wal-Mart (s WMT) and Best Buy (s BBY) to buy DVDs and Blu-ray discs of their favorite movies, but pretty soon those brick-and-mortar stores will be coming to them, in the form of digital storefronts through HDTVs, Blu-ray players and other connected devices. Wal-Mart’s reported acquisition of Vudu marks just one more step by the major retailers to gain a foothold in the new digital living room, enabling consumers to purchase content without ever having to leave the couch.

Vudu already has deals in place for its online video service to be embedded on connected devices from seven of the top nine consumer electronics manufacturers, including new HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players from LG, Mitsubishi, Vizio, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp and Toshiba. Whether the service continues to operate under the Vudu brand or takes on the Wal-Mart brand, the retailer will essentially be operating its digital storefront in millions of homes over the next few years.

But Wal-Mart is not alone in taking its retail ambitions digital. Best Buy also entered the space through a partnership with Sonic Solutions (s SNIC), through which it will license and white-label the Roxio CinemaNow video service to be embedded on devices sold in its stores. The white-labeled service, which will be available on devices from Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Best Buy’s own Insignia and Dynex brands, will let consumers watch movies that they rented or bought through the Best Buy store to be viewable across a number of other CinemaNow-enabled devices.

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