Wal-Mart Kills Off Online Video Service

After a little more than a year, Wal-Mart has shut down its struggling online video service. Engadget reports that Wal-Mart is “apparently abandoning the effort after its tech partner HP discontinued whatever technology it was running the thing.”

According to Wal-Mart’s site, all downloaded videos are users’ to keep, and customers can uninstall the Wal-Mart Video Download Manager software from their PCs. “Of course,” Engadget writes, “it’s still DRMed to hell, so short of stripping the copy protection, you’ll only be able to play ‘your’ purchased videos with the machine on which you bought it — and nothing else.”

Score another one for unwanted copy protection.

Wal-Mart shuts down video downloads after a year in service [Engadget]