Wal-Mart in bed with Microsoft? Wal-Mart online video service excludes Firefox, Safari, Apple Mac

“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.

Full article here.

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59 Comments

  1. Besides, who cares? Apple just got Lionsgate movies added to their library. Next year at this time, Walmart’s online movie store will be as fondly remembered as their online music store.

    Like Steve Jobs said when he introduced the original iTMS, “This looks easy but it’s not.” Every subsequent download service has proved those words.

    Besides, don’t you love it when the “low-price-leader” gets undercut by a supposedly “high-margin retailer” like Apple.

  2. “I never patronize any website that does not work with my browser. If you want to sell me something you will do it on my terms, not yours.”
    THAT’S THE SPIRIT ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. I just sent this letter via Wal-Mart’s Web site feedback (http://www.walmart.com/cservice/cu_commentsonline.gsp?cu_heading=8). I urge al Mac users to help marginalize Wal-Mart.

    Dear Wal-Mart:

    Your new music store doesn’t support Firefox, Safari or the Apple Macintosh. Wal-Mart is trying to marginalize my computer purchase by using proprietary Microsoft digital rights management software that doesn’t work with our iPods and an audio file format (Windows Media Audio) that isn’t even an industry standard.

    In turn, I will marginalize Wal-Mart. I will not shop at your online store at all, and will no longer shop at your physical retail stores either.

    Your cookies are always stale and the parking lot in the Elk Grove, CA store always is littered with trash anyway. I won’t be missing anything.

    GW
    Elk Grove, CA

  4. Microsoft is in bed with Walmart.

    Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores is contracting with Microsoft and Novell–Microsoft’s preferred Linux partner–to build out the company’s Web operations, according to a Wal-Mart executive.

    On Tuesday, Microsoft and Novell are expected to announce that Wal-Mart is the latest customer to purchase both Microsoft software and support certificates for Novell’s Suse Linux Enterprise Server.

    In an interview arranged by both companies, Wal-Mart’s senior vice president and chief technology officer, Nancy Stewart, provided some details on the project involving Wal-Mart, Microsoft and Novell.

    http://news.com.com/Wal-Mart+eyes+Microsoft+for+Web+build-out/2100-1017_3-6152247.html?tag=nefd.top

  5. Is there room in that bed for Microsoft, Walmart and the BBC?

    MS: Convicted criminals.

    Walmart: Corporate-welfare massas, with wages so low U.S. taxpayers are forced to pay for its “associates'” food vouchers and medical care. Work for Walmart — make the rich pay!

    BBC: Cowards, liars and other brown-nosing Blairite-MS shills.

    Why would anyone want Apple to join such a crowd of disgusting actors in that tripartite acme of pornographic perversity?

  6. Now Really!! Are any of us surprised?

    Just look at the typical demographic of a Wal-Mart Shopper.

    They are not the cream of the crop and they will not have a mac in their house. They will follow the crowd and stick to the Windoze world.

    Not a big surprize.

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