Netflix recently announced it was looking to bring digital versions of features you’d traditionally find on DVD releases to its original programming, like House of Cards. While Netflix was talking about it, Vudu stepped up and delivered. The Walmart-owned streaming service teamed up with Sony to launch a new service called Vudu Extras+. For now, the only film to receive extras is District 9, which you can watch but also check out deleted scenes, featurettes and access trivia. Vudu Extras+ also includes an “enhanced scene search” for dialogue, videos, photos and more, as well as a way to share your favorite clips on Facebook and Twitter. Vudu said bonus features will be added to other films later this year, including This is the End, After Earth and White House Down. The days of DVDs and Blu-rays may be coming to an end, as bonus features were one of the few remaining benefits to buying physical copies of your favorite movies. But really, who has time to bother with physical media anymore, anyway?
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.