With a name like fireTV, you have a lot to live up to. It’s not perfect, but FireTV exceeded my expectations. By a lot. For those who don’t know, FireTV is Amazon’s device for connecting your HDTV to online content. The tiny box will stream movies, music, and photos to your TV. In addition, you can also play video games with FireTV. The box only measures 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.7″ (115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm), so it hardly takes up any space. With Amazon Fire TV, you can stream movies and TV shows up to 1080p HD. The device also supports Dolby Digital Plus up to 7.1 via HDMI or optical out.
Walmart Entertainment is launching a new disc-to-digital service for movie owners. Starting on April 16th, dads and moms can have their movie library placed in the cloud for viewing on Internet-connected devices like televisions, tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles. The service is powered by VUDU, which is a video streaming service. The disc-to-digital service will be available at over 3,500 Walmart stores. The service is not free. It will cost $2 for each DVD or Blu-ray movie. It’s $5 if you want to upgrade a standard DVD to a HD digital copy. And yes, you get to keep your physical discs.