The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Wal-Mart Stores, Facebook, DreamWorks Animation, Viacom and Time Warner

   The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Wal-Mart Stores, Facebook, DreamWorks
                      Animation, Viacom and Time Warner

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CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2013

CHICAGO, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ announces the list of stocks
featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts
discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets.
Stocks recently featured in the blog include Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT),
Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq:FB), DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (Nasdaq:DWA), Viacom
Inc. (Nasdaq:VIA) and Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX).


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Here are highlights from Tuesday's Analyst Blog:

Wal-Mart to Expand Digital Service

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has announced its decision to expand its
Disc-to-Digital service, an in-store service to allow consumers to access the
digital versions of DVDs and Blu-ray discs containing their favorite movies.
In addition, Walmart plans to launch a new application for the users of
Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq:FB) to provide easier access to exclusive movie titles
and an opportunity to share and choose titles, thus influencing in-store and
online purchase decisions.

The expansion of this disc-to-digital service will enhance the value of movie
ownership and provide easier access through Internet-connected devices. The
service will be available at Wal-Mart stores from this month onward. Consumers
will be charged $2 for the conversion of standard DVDs and Blu-ray discs and
$5 for upgrading standard DVDs to High-Definition (HD).

Further, Walmart is giving its customers 10 pre-selected movies free of cost
when they open a VUDU account or register for an UltraViolet account or
connect to an existing account.

The company started this service in April 2012. Walmart teamed up with six
major Hollywood studios, including DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (Nasdaq:DWA),
Viacom Inc. (Nasdaq:VIA)'s Paramount Home Media Distribution and Time Warner
Inc. (NYSE:TWX)'s Warner Bros, in order to provide this in-store digital

In addition, the company used Vudu video-streaming service to convert the
discs to digital service through the movie industry's UltraViolet technology.
The UltraViolet system, launched by Warner Bros., allows consumers to watch
movies on multiple devices including televisions, tablets, smartphones, gaming
consoles and more.

Also, Walmart, in partnership with Hollywood's largest studios, developed the
Walmart Entertainment Facebook App to provide more than 26 million Facebook
fans with exclusive movie content for just $5.

This app will enable its users to rate movies, watch exclusive
behind-the-scenes footage and even vote for popular movies. Moreover, it will
enable access to exclusive content for theatrical and DVD releases and video

We believe this initiative will boost Wal-Mart's lackluster movie sales, which
have been declining due to the presence of other forms of entertainment and
online alternatives. With the digital access, customers will now be able to
watch movies anywhere on a variety of new devices. Further, the social
networking site Facebook will personalize the store experience. Wal-Mart holds
a Zacks #3 Rank (Hold). Over the long-term, we provide a Neutral
recommendation on the stock.

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