Been looking for a free, totally legal way to stream your favorite movies? VUDU, an online movie-and-TV-show streaming service, has partnered with Walmart to bring you just that. The VUDU Movies on Us program aims to provide a similar service as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but one without a subscription fee.
Yep, VUDU Movies on Us is subscription-free. The catch? Commercials, lower resolution, and a less-than-current content selection. Unlike Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu’s higher subscription levels, VUDU Movies on Us intersperses a few commercials throughout its content. Some titles are available in 1080p resolution, while the rest stagger at around at 480p. And you won’t find this year’s hottest blockbusters on the streaming ticket; most of the films available are older but still-popular movies from 2014 and prior. If you don’t mind a few ads now and then in your content, this might be the service for those who are saving their pennies. For those who are used to ad blockers and commercial-free subscription streaming services, this is a less-than-ideal alternative.
VUDU Movies on Us is available on a range of devices, including the Roku series, gaming consoles and smart TVs, as well as smartphones and tablets, allowing you to take the free, unlimited streaming service anywhere. This is nothing new in the realm of streaming services, so it leaves us to wonder exactly how VUDU Movies on Us is differentiating itself other than being completely free to the user. You still have to sign up for an account, either with your email or via your Facebook account, and the selection is a bit all over the place. A huge complaint of other streaming services, like Netflix, is that their selection feels random or outdated, so it seems odd to launch with a cadre of films that falls under that same criticism.
It will be interesting to watch how Walmart bolsters the offerings on VUDU Movies on Us over the next few years since it’s brand new. VUDU itself has been around for more than a decade and has only offered rentals and purchases until now. If they’ve been around that long and don’t have the licensing agreements to offer new movies as part of a streaming service, what (besides the lure of free) would get people coming back? Let’s hope Walmart sees this as a challenge and gives consumers something they’ve been pining for since streaming got big: new movies available unlimited, on demand for streaming service prices.
To see what movies Walmart has for purchase at everyday low prices, hop on over to Walmart.com: