Disney to shutter online movie store, website

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 6:05 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is shutting down its Web movie service, Disney Movies Online, saying the site wasn't keeping up with user demands.

In an email to users, the company said the site would be closed as of Dec. 31.

The site allowed visitors to buy and rent movies from the Disney library, including films made by its subsidiary Pixar. It also allowed people who purchased physical discs to stream the movies from the website.

However, the site did not attract many customers and had limited capabilities. Users couldn't download their digital movies for offline playback, there was no support for connected devices like game consoles, and it only offered movies for streaming on Web browsers.

Disney did not say when a replacement service would be launched.

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