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What is Vudu?

Vudu's Online Video Streaming App Brings High Quality Movies to Your TV.


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Vudu app home screen.

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Vudu is an online video on-demand service. Vudu is known for streaming , Blu-ray quality true 1080p, full high-definition video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. It offers a large library of movies and TV titles that may be rented and streamed to network media players, media streaming devices, network TVs and home-theater components that have the Vudu app. If your device has a hard drive, you can also choose to own a movie by downloading and saving it.

Pay for Only the Movies You Want On This Video On Demand Service 

Like other video on-demand services -- Cinema Now, Blockbuster On Demand, Amazon on Demand -- Vudu does not require a membership subscription. Instead, you pay for each of the movies or TV shows that you want to rent or own. You must set up an account by entering your email and a password and credit card information for instant payments of rentals or movies you want to buy. 

When renting a movie, you can choose to stream it and watch it immediately or you can choose to watch them later. You have to watch the movie within 30 days of the day you rented it. Once you start watching, you have 24 hours to finish watching it or to watch as many times as you'd like within the time period. 

Choose the Video Quality to Match Your Internet Speed or Watch Later

You can choose from three levels of video quality--"SD" for standard definition, "HD" for high definition 720p resolution, and "HDX" for the full Blu-ray quality experience with 1080p resolution and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.  Higher quality video and audio are larger files that require a faster internet connection.  Before selecting the quality level, your device can check your connection speed so the movie won't stall to buffer while streaming. If you run into difficulties streaming a movie, Vudu offers to downgrade the quality level during your viewing. If you have a slower connection and want to watch higher quality video, choose the "watch later" option when you rent the movie.

While Vudu is an online service, it is only available on devices that have the app and is not available for streaming movies to your computer.

Although Not Being Sold, Original Vudu Boxes Are Still Being Used 

Vudu was originally released on the Vudu box, a dedicated device with a hard drive for downloading films you wanted to own.  Vudu boxes are no longer available for sale, but they still work; in fact, in the fall of 2010, the boxes were updated with new apps to access such online content as sports, news and podcasts. Vudu further supports these original boxes with a Vudu app for iphone/ipod touch that lets you choose movies that can be downloaded to your Vudu box for later viewing. 

In January 2011, Vudu became one of the first online services to stream 3D content (read a review of Vudu's 3D service) to 3D TVs.

UPDATE 5/14/14: Vudu Offers Share My Movies Feature
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