Wal-Mart’s Vudu defies expectations

Vudu, owned by Wal-Mart, is the third-most-popular digital movie-download service, trailing only Apple’s iTunes and Microsoft’s Zune — an unusual online success for the big-box retailer. “The business we’re in today, offering first-run movies a la carte, is doing very well right now and has tripled so far this year,” said Vudu General Manager Edward Lichty.