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Vudu is a rental and on-demand streaming service owned by retail mogul, Walmart. Rent or stream content from their robust library of popular titles. It often has new content on the day it’s released to video — its biggest perk.
There’s no subscription, so you pay for only the shows and movies you watch. Add Vudu to your library streaming services, but it can be pricey if you use it often.
Arrange your shows according to genre, characters, period — or any way you want — with Vudu’s list option. It can help organize interests when you share accounts.
It offers family-friendly features with tools to skip scenes with content not appropriate for kids, ratings with kids in mind and a kids store full of age-appropriate content. Its site offers a clear instructions on how to access these features.
Scan your Blu-ray or DVD barcode and convert it to a digital movie. This feature costs $2 each time you use it, and gives you the opportunity to get movies you own on your computer or smartphone. Watch without using data or an Internet connection.
With a Walmart account, qualifying DVDs bought from this retailer come with a digital copy.
Vudu connects with this cloud-based digital locker to keep all your movies in one place.
Vudu offers some free, ad-supported shows and movies, but most of its popular and new movies start at $14.99 to purchase. Older, less popular movies can cost as little as $3.99.
TV shows start at $6.99 a show, but if you plan on binge watching, buying the entire season at once may be a better value.
Rentals range from $1.99 to $5.99, and are good for 30 days. Once you begin viewing, you have between 24 and 48 hours to finish — depending on your rental.
New users may be eligible to receive free movie credits to use for 30 days.
Vudu offers movies and TV shows in standard definition (SD), high definition (HD) or HDX, which is similar to Blu-ray. Current highlights include:
Vudu touts excellent streaming quality, with HD movies and shows. Because of that, streaming Vudu can take lots of data — so users claim up to 5GB an hour. To avoid using data, download your rentals to watch offline.
It’s also really good at remembering where you were in a movie — it saves your place for years. But most importantly, the streaming isn’t pixelated like I’ve experienced with Amazon Prime or Netflix.
Recently, we’ve been watching Vudu’s free movies. Generally, Walmart — Vudu’s parent company — has a lot of ads, but they run less frequently in comparison to watching a movie on broadcast TV.
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Vudu is a great streaming service to add to your list of providers. It lets you pick movies and shows you want to pay for, however, it can get pricey if you use it for your primary entertainment. It has free, ad-supported content, but much of it is old and obscure. Its biggest benefit is that it tends to get the newer content sooner than other services.
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