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Vudu review | Price, features and content

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Walmart’s streaming service packs a library with some of the newest content.

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.

Details

Service typePay TV
Free trial30 days
Pricing starts atVaries
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Only pay for what you watch
  • Wide selection of devices
  • Latest movies and TV shows

Cons

  • Not available on phones or laptops
  • No flat rate, so it will be more expensive for frequent users

What features does Vudu offer?

Lists

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.

Family features

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.

Disc to digital

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.

InstaWatch

With a Walmart account, qualifying DVDs bought from this retailer come with a digital copy.

Movies Anywhere

Vudu connects with this cloud-based digital locker to keep all your movies in one place.

What devices is Vudu compatible with?

How much does Vudu cost?

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.

Free trial

New users may be eligible to receive free movie credits to use for 30 days.

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What can I watch with 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:

Shows

  • Friends
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Veep
  • Westworld

Movies

  • Deadpool
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Frozen II
  • Jumanji
  • The Call of the Wild

Free

  • Lion
  • Road House
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Roseanne
  • Hell’s Kitchen

How much data does Vudu use?

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.

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Case study: Jon's experience

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Jon Brodsky
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I’ve been a Vudu customer since 2011 and am a huge fan. I’ve rented and bought 220 movies and TV shows through the platform. I love that it allows sharing across 10 devices, movie rentals last for 48-hours and that you can download movies for long flights.

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.

If you’re looking for more content with one monthly fee, compare subscription services.

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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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12 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Tree
    February 23, 2020

    If I want to rent a movie and watch on 2 separate tv’s do we have to watch at the same time or rent separately? If we rent a movie do we get 1 viewing or is the rental for 24 hrs?

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      nikkiangco
      February 24, 2020

      Hi Tree,

      Thanks for your comment and I hope you are doing well. When you rent a movie from Vudu, it is good for 48 hours and you can watch simultaneously or separately for up to 10 devices.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance. Happy watching@

      Best,
      Nikki

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    Chuck
    January 29, 2019

    How do I avoid commercials/ads?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Joshua
      January 29, 2019

      Hi Chuck,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      I understand you want to know how you can disable the ad breaks when watching movies on Vudu. It is worth noting that the ads are only shown in free movies. As long as you are watching free movies on Vudu, you would get commercial breaks. However, if you want to disable it, then you would need to purchase individual movies or shows.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    r0yb0y62
    November 6, 2018

    So are there some free movies ??

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      joelmarcelo
      November 7, 2018

      Hi there,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Yes. There are free movies on Vudu but with ads. You will need to sign up an account in their website and you will see a tab on the top that will say “FREE”. You can then enjoy watching popular movies on Vudu for free.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    Christal
    October 7, 2018

    How much is the monthly fee?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Joshua
      October 7, 2018

      Hi Christal,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Prices may vary and it is not limited to just having to pay Vudu each month. For example, you can buy a movie for as low as $14.99 or you can rent some movies for only $4.99. You can learn about the pricing when you read “How much does Vudu charge?” on this page.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    Annette
    October 23, 2017

    Dear Vudu,
    Will Vudu work with Macbook Air and Windows laptops?

    Thanks,
    Annette

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Rench
      October 23, 2017

      Hi Annette,

      Thanks for your inquiry. Please note that we are not affiliated with Vudu or any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      Yes, Vudu will work with Macbook Air or Windows laptop by going to Vudu official site.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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    James
    March 10, 2017

    Is Fox News available as a live stream?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Anndy
      July 1, 2017

      Hi James,

      Thanks for your question.

      Vudu does not offer live streaming of news channels including Fox News

      You may want to directly visit Vudu website to check all the available titles.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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