Just like Netflix, Vudu, backed by Walmart, started as a rental service that offers you lots of DVDs and Blu-rays for rent. And the same way it adsorbed streaming services. Now it still combines best of both worlds, so with Vudu, you can fill your movie shelf or your NAS memory.
More than just another streaming app, Vudu refreshes the way your digital entertainment interacts with your life. First of all, of course, it’s a service offering you fresh movies and TV shows as soon as they’re released. But at the same time, it connects your real life with your digital smartphone experience. Films are available in high quality, up to 4K, and can be streamed to any Vudu-supporting device (Apple TV or new Smart TV’s of 2019 with AirPlay). The app can be installed directly to Apple TV as well, but you’ll still need your iPhone or iPad to create an account.
The app is designed quite logically, with covers and titles prevailing in library mode and full-screen video while viewing. When using Vudu on Apple TV you can command it with a little help from Siri; it gets commands like “Play the movie”, “Pause”, “Restart”, and more complicated ones, like “Rewind two minutes”, and so on.
Speaking of Vudu library, we should first of all notice that it offers about 100000 movies you can rent or buy. If you prefer physical carriers, good old discs are there for you. All these movies are available for downloading or streaming as well. If you buy a movie in Vudu (no matter if it’s a physical or a digital copy), it’s stored in your profile. You can cache a movie to watch it later when offline; if you travel often, this feature will make your flights more fun.
One of the most attractive offers within Vudu is “Free Movies On Us”. Some films are available for free, in streaming, with ads inserted. If you’re good with this TV-like format, you can enjoy some classic movies as well as some rare ones. Just as attractive is Vudu’s exclusive right to offer some movies even before they are available on Netflix, iTunes, or on physical carriers. Being this influent grants some bonuses for Vudu as well as for its subscribers. Finally, you can easier digitize your favorite movies by just scanning a UPC of the disc. Maybe for some users, it will be more comfortable, especially if your computer lacks an optical drive.
There is just one limitation: as in-app purchases with App Store are less profitable for Vudu, you’ll have to purchase movies through its website. But as soon as the purchase is completed, your movies will appear in your account in the app on whatever device you use.
Vudu is one of the most powerful and feature-packed services for video streaming, buying and renting movies. If you prefer physical copies, all you need is a Walmart store somewhere near, easy to visit. And for those into digital versions Vudu has a whole lot of exclusive features to offer.
- Large library in great quality;
- Free ad-supported movies;
- Apple TV and Siri support;
- Large library.
- You’ll have to make purchases with your browser.