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Wreck-It Ralph Available for Download Before Blu-ray/DVD

By January 5, 2013

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Because Wreck-It Ralph will be one of the most highly anticipated home entertainment releases of the new year, it will be interesting to see how Disney's experiment with release formats goes. Wreck-It Ralph will be the first Disney title available early through HD Digital and HD Digital 3D on February 12, 2013, followed by the 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, SD Digital and On-Demand release on March 5, 2013.

I don't know about your family, but the way we decide between streaming a movie and purchasing a movie is how much we like the movie. We would certainly make sure to own a copy of Wreck-It Ralph, as the kids loved it and I'm sure will watch it over and over. Therefore, we won't be paying money to stream the movie early. We can wait a month. Digital download is still something we generally don't pay for anyway, except for our subscription to Netflix. We like to have the bonus features available to watch with some movies, and the because we own devices from several different companies, we don't want to be limited as to what device we can watch something on based on which store we used to purchase the download.

If all studios and providers would settle on a consistent streaming and content management provider, like UltraViolet say, we would likely make more digital purchases. Novel idea, right? Sadly, the digital content world is still, by and large, consumer unfriendly and confusing for many (unless you are a totally iFamily). Hopefully, we can make some progress with that in 2013. We'll be watching to see if any relevant announcements are made at CES (Jan. 6-Jan.11).

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