Today has been a very, very busy day over in our Black Friday 2015 hub. We’ve seen new ads come in from several big-name stores that shoppers have been waiting for, and now we can add Sears to the list. Gone are the days when you could only find a good Black Friday deal at Sears if you were shopping for a ratchet set for your dad. Sears now sells a surprisingly wide range of products from big-screen TVs and accessories to clothing, home appliances and plenty more.
According to an email offer being sent to Sears Canada affiliates, Research In Motion’s highly anticipated BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will begin shipping on April 10th — the launch date we reported exclusively earlier this month. The email offers recipients the opportunity to pre-order the device beginning tomorrow, March 12th. The PlayBook at Sears… okay. We’ve reached out to RIM and will update this post with any comment it provides. More →
Retail giant Sears isn’t the first company that comes to mind when you think about digital movie downloads, but a newly launched offering aims to change that. The company has announced Alphaline Entertainment, a digital movie rental and download service that runs on the RoxioNow platform. First rumored back in July, Alphaline will offer users 24-hour movie rentals for between $3 and $4 or movie purchases for between $10 and $20. Movies can be viewed on a PC or on any RoxioNow capable device (e.g. Xbox 360). In the future, Sears hopes to support viewing on Macintosh computers, mobile devices, and network connected TVs. What do you think? Does Sears stand a chance against Amazon, Netflix, and the like? More →
Kmart and Sears are gearing up launch a new streaming movie service slated for launch later this year. The service will be powered by Sonic Solutions’ RoxioNow, which boasts of a 5,000 movie strong catalog and features the same streaming architecture that powers Best Buy’s and Blockbuster’s online movie services. Kmart and Sears intend to offer the service, to be known as Alphaline Entertainment, with their televisions and Blu-ray players from companies like Sharp, LG, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, and RCA. Setup will be performed within the store during the purchase process and will allow customers to stream movies as soon as they arrive home and connect up their device. Anyone now going to add Sears and Kmart to their list of “must visit” stores for the end of the year holiday shopping season? More →