Vudu Launches Ad Supported Free Streaming Tier
Cord cutters have another option for streaming movies legally for free. Walmart owned streaming service, Vudu has announced that they will be offering free selections with limited commercial breaks in addition to their current rentals and purchase option. They are calling the new program VUDU – Movies On Us and at first glance it looks pretty darn nice.
The selection is limited at this point but there are quite a few titles here worth looking at from studios like Paramount, WB, Lionsgate, MGM, Anchor Bay and others. Some of the titles on offer are True Grit, School Of Rock, Mad Max, Igor, and All Dogs Go To Heaven. All and all, it isn’t too bad considering the price tag.
You can use the new Movies On Us feature on any device that currently supports VUDU. There are Android and iOS apps as well as channels for Roku, Chromecast, Playstation, Xbox, Smart TVs, Smart Blu-ray players and their own Vudu Streaming Stick that actually ends up being less than free if you order it from that link due to the included $25 VUDU credit.
All it is going to cost you is a few minutes of your time to sign up for an account. You don’t even have to put a credit card on file, which we love. I gave the service a shot and watched Winter’s Bone (An excellent film, starring Jennifer Lawrence) and found the service to have one major downside. Due to it’s DRM I could only watch in Standard Definition on my slightly older desktop PC because it doesn’t support HDCP. I didn’t have the same problem using my year-old laptop, but be aware that this could be a problem depending on your hardware.
I reached out to the VUDU team about any possibility of creating a Kodi add-on but so far I haven’t received a response. I wouldn’t hold my breath because of the DRM issue, but it doesn’t hurt to ask especially since Crackle has a Kodi add-on.
What do you think? Do VUDU sound right for you?