Wal-Mart Abandons Online Movie Downloads Less Than A Year After Launch

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart is saying so long to movie downloads.

The company has shuttered its online movie download service, which launched less than a year ago. Wal-Mart says the move comes after Hewlett-Packard, which provided the software to run the site, decided to end its service.

Wal-Mart hasn’t said whether it would try to start the service again with another company’s software.

In 2005, Wal-Mart ended efforts to build an online DVD rental service, deciding instead to sell it to Netflix.

Wal-Mart will continue offering music downloads and sell DVDs and CDs in stores and over the Web.

The retailer accounts for about 40 percent of all DVD sales.