“Last week, Wal-Mart launched their online video download service. Immediately there were posts that the service did not work with the Firefox or Safari browsers. There was a collective, ‘WTF’ when this happened as this is 2007, not 1997. Back then it was ‘accepted’ for applications to work with only a specific browser or platform. Now it appears that reports are out that Wal-Mart has turned off the ability to get into the application at all by Firefox, Safari or any other browser it does not like,” Allen Stern reports for CenterNetworks.
Stern reports, “[It] appears they are blocking Apple completely — from Wal-Mart customer service: Walmart video download service does not support the Macintosh Operating Systems as the video that you download requires Digital Rights Management 10 (DRM 10) software, which is not compatible with the Macintosh operating system.“
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