Walmart’s Vudu may have dropped it set-top box range, but its content library is still hypnotizing.
Vudu is an online movie and TV show rental service and former set-top box manufacturer. Though the company ceased manufacturing set-top boxes around the time they were acquired by retail mogul, Walmart, in 2010, it still offers its internet streaming services. It has a vast library of titles that you can rent individually, including lots of recent movies and current television shows. It is an ideal service if you only want to watch certain shows, and don’t need an expansive library or subscription service.
How does Vudu work?
With Vudu you don’t pay for a subscription, as you do with many streaming providers – instead Vudu allows you to purchase individual movies or TV shows. You only pay for what you watch and no more. This is ideal if you want access to the latest movies and TV shows, but if you don’t want access to everything else that comes with it. If Netflix is a buffet, then Vudu is a restaurant where you only get what you order.
How much does Vudu charge?
Prices vary depending on the movie or TV show you plan on watching. Movies can be purchased from $14.99 and up for new releases and popular movies, and some movies can be rented for $4.99. TV shows start at $1.99 per episode, but if you plan on binge watching, buying the entire season at once may be a better value.
What devices and platforms is Vudu compatible with?
For full eligibility Vudu has a handy device checker on its website.
Top picks on Vudu
Vudu offers movies and TV shows in standard definition (SD), high definition (HD) or HDX, which is similar to Blu-ray. Current highlights include:
How do I sign up to Vudu?
To sign up to Vudu, click here to visit the site. Once you’re there you’ll see the option to sign up in the top right of the screen. Once you have an account you can download the Vudu app onto your device to rent and view titles.
Vudu pros and cons
- Only pay for what you watch
- Wide selection of devices
- Latest movies and TV shows
- Not available on phones or laptops
- No flat rate, so it will be more expensive for frequent users
Vudu will suit those who are infrequent watchers of TV or movies, who would rather just pick selected content occasionally. It allows you freedom and control, and you won’t end up paying for content that you don’t watch. However, if you watch a lot of TV and are looking for something to check in with a few times a week Vudu will cost significantly more than a subscription service like Netflix. That said, Vudu offers a lot more recent content, so there is no waiting around.