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Vudu Expands to foreign markets

The online movie rental service Vudu, operated by Walmart, will be stretching its brand and services over into foreign markets for the first time. Vudu will appear in Mexico first in June with more Latin American states to follow. The UK and Ireland along with other countries in Europe and Asia will also gain access to Vudu later this year. There is a planned expansion of nearly 30 countries and with 5000 stores in 26 countries Walmart looks to have a great foothold to bring their Vudu services to the masses overseas.

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Verizon and Redbox Form Joint Video Rental Service

What’s that sound? It could be the future sound of Netflix possibly losing some market share with the official announcement from Verizon and Coinstar’s Redbox that they will be coming together to offer a new rental service that will offer both physical and digital streaming media content to consumers. Subscribers to the service will be able to rent DVDs, Blu-rays, and have access to on-demand streaming and download service from Verizon. The service will launch sometime in Q2 2012, at which time we should hear more information about what devices will support the streaming services.

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Paramount Films Brings UltraViolet Streaming to the Cloud

Paramount is now offering digital versions of UltraViolet-based movies with the unveiling of a new service named Paramount Movies. The new service will allow users to stream physical or digital movies they have purchased by storing it on a digital locker in the cloud. The streaming will of be available for iOS devices with no support for other mobile operating systems as of yet. The current content catalog of movies from Paramount Movies includes 60 titles at $19.99 a pop for HD movies and $12.99 for Standard definition (SD) films.

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Lovefilm & Disney Bring ABC Instant Content to the UK

Lovefilm, a UK-based movie rental service similar to Netflix, has decided to amp up its catalog to likely compete with the new availability of Netflix service in the UK now. Lovefilm has struck a deal with Disney UK to provide ABC Studios content to its on-demand customers. Content will include titles such as Lost, Happy Endings, Castle, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, and the Ghost Whisperer. All episodes of shows will be available right after they are aired in the UK market.

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Movie Review: The Warrior’s Way

East and West clash under a setting sun.

In this Ninja Assassin meets High Plains Drifter action flick, Yang, a member of the Sad Flute ninja clan, is sent to slaughter all the members of a rival clan. When he can’t bring himself to murder their leader’s infant daughter and last member he must escape to America now hunted by his former clansmen. Once there, Yang finds himself in a broken town needing a protector. Audiences won’t be wowed by an original story here. The Warrior’s Way instead relies heavily on the novelty of mismatched eastern and western elements. More inside:

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