Disney to close its online movie service

Disney is shutting down its Disney Movies Online service, which failed to catch on with users.

The site let consumers buy or rent digital versions of Disney and Pixar films and watch the movies on their computers. It was designed to ease the family entertainment company's mainstream consumers from the physical to the digital world. 

But the service had many limitations. Movies could be viewed through a Web browser, but not downloaded for playback.  Disney Movies Online also was incompatible with such Internet-connected devices as game consoles.

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-- Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times

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