Everything You Need To Know About Vudu, Before You Subscribe It
Hello guys, In this article, we are going to discuss about another great OTT (over the top), entertainment service VUDU, another reason to ditch your cable and join the Cordcutter’s Community, although works with cable too. But, i think you should decide this by yourself, with the help of this review.
The brand VUDU started in USA as a set top box manufacturer and gradually evolved to an Over The Top, Video on Demand service. In 2010, VUDU was accquired by Wall-Mart and since then the company stopped selling its set-top Boxes, and dedicated its services totally towards internet streaming. I think, its enough with the history, lets get started with are review.
What is VUDU?
As mentioned earlier, VUDU is an OTT, Video-on Demand service, which operates with the help of internet. Unlike other services like Netflix, Hulu Plus which are monthly subscription based, VUDU is pay per use service, which allows its user to rent or buy, TV Shows and Movies, in different video formats.
VUDU is considered as one of the best service of its kind, which provide a lot of recent and ongoing TV shows and movies. The portal supports ample of devices and offers both SD and HD along with their unique, self made format HDX (explained later in this review).
To buy or rent a movie from VUDU, you just need to open the app on your Smart TV or any other supporting devices, and follow, some simple on-screen instructions, but at first you need to subscribe for the free membership. The app is free of charge and has an easy to navigate interface.
Movies an TV Series
VUDU is well known for the collection of Movies and TV Shows in its catalog, as it provides a number of recent titles which are not available on other similar services. Like Hulu, VUDU also has ties with a lot of entertainment media production giants, that’s the reason why, it is able to offer a lot of popular, ongoing TV series episodes, the next day they are aired on their respective networks. Some of the famous ongoing TV shows on VUDU are Downton Abbey, Vikings, The Big Bang Theory etc. VUDU also offers a lot of recent movies on the same day they or before they get released on DVDs.
As i told you earlier, VUDU is a pay per use service, which means, in order to access any of its content, you have to either rent or purchase it. The cost of movies varies from $3 to $6 for SD to HDX respectively to rent it and around $15 to $20 to buy it. On the other hand, for individual episodes of TV Shows, it costs around $2 to $3 (shows are generally not available as rentals).
The content you rent, will remain in your account for 30 days and once you get started, you have 24 hours to complete it. While the content you purchase, will remain in your account and can be downloaded to your Ultra Violet Digital Locker, which allows you to access it offline, with VUDU app.
Disc to Digital Service
Being a Walmart subsidiary, VUDU has some exclusive features which are not available on any other portals, which provide similar services (iTunes, Google Play Store, Amazon Instant Videos etc), Disc to Digital Service is one of them.
With this feature VUDU users can create a digital copy of the discs (DVD’s) they own (bought from Walmart only), this copy will get stored in their Ultra Violet Digital Locker, and can be accessed as any other purchased movie. This type of service costs $2 for SD conversion and $5 for HD or HDX.
The HDX format
VUDU offers its media content in three formats, SD (Stadard Definition 480p), HD (High Definition 720p) and HDX (1080p). HDX is a format created by VUDU itself, it is a high quality format but as good as Blu-Ray discs. For obvious reasons the format is a bit expensive.
Devices Supporting VUDU
The device support of VUDU is quite amazing, it supports almost all the mainstream devices, which are in trend. Among all the service i reviewed, this is the service which support maximum devices. VUDU supporting devices can also be bought from Walmart. Here is the list of some famous devices supported by VUDU :-
- Roku 2, Roku 3
- Google Chromecast
- Xbox 360, Xbox one
- Play Station 3, Play Station 1
- LG Smart TV
- Samsung Smart TV
These are few mainstream devices, if you want to know if your device supports VUDU, you can click on the link to the VUDU device help, it really has a great interface and good filtering.
VUDU’s Competition in the Market
Being a Buy&Rent type of service, VUDU faces direct competition from similar services like Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes and Amazon Instant Videos. But these services have their advantage on VUDU, all of these services manufacture their own devices (Apple has preinstalled iTunes, Google has Android, and Amazon has Kindle), which gives them an edge.
In terms of recent titles, VUDU is more or less same as the other services. But in terms of device support VUDU, as i mentioned earlier, is the king of all.
Being an OTT VOD service VUDU, is often compared with monthly subscription based services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, SlingTV. These service are a lot cheaper than VUDU ($8/month for unlimited streaming of free titles), but they don’t have as much, recent content as VUDU has. Netflix has some good originals, but does not has any recent titles on its streaming catalog., while Hulu Plus offers recent titles of TV Shows, but not as much as VUDU.
That’s it guys, this is my review on VUDU, if you think i m missing something, or there is something else i can help you with, please leave a comment, i’ll be happy to help you.
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