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Your HD just got better. Welcome to HDX.

E Yang | August 13, 2016 in Android,Devices,HD,iOS,New Features | Comments (81)

We’re excited to announce that we’ve upgraded our extensive selection of movies and TV from HD to HDX. So goodbye HD, hello HDX in up to 1080p. Yeah, it’s pretty big news. After all, our big picture is to give you a better picture. And HDX is a better way to watch. Clearly.

 

So now you’ll have the ability to buy or rent movies and TV at both HDX and SD quality. It also means customers with previously purchased HD movies get an upgrade too – on us. That’s right. We’re giving you HDX for your old HD. Woo-hoo!

 

Awesome right? During the coming week, all of the HD titles currently in your library will automatically be upgraded to HDX. Once we’re done, you’ll have a library full of movies upgraded to automatically optimize your stream and deliver the highest resolution for your internet connection and device.

 

So start watching, and bask in the glory that is HDX. If you’ve still got questions, we’ve got some answers to the most common ones below.

 

If I own HD, what do I have to do to get HDX?

Nothing. Lucky you! Your titles will be automatically upgraded to HDX during the coming week and will then stream in up to 1080p. Going forward, new HDX purchases will stream in up to 1080p. SD purchases will stream 480p.

 

Will my SD get upgraded to HD?

Unfortunately no. SD titles will remain at SD 480p. Nice try though.

 

My HDX is encountering buffering issues!

Our HDX upgrade is designed to automatically optimize your stream to the highest resolution for your internet connection and device. Your download speed plays a major factor in your ability to stream HDX in up to 1080p. The speed of your internet – based on your speed tier, how many people are sharing your connection, and other factors – can limit your ability to stream. You can perform a Speed Test to give you an idea of your streaming speeds, and learn about our minimum streaming requirements here. Then contact your internet service provider about your options.

 

Why can’t I buy or rent in HD quality anymore?

As part of our move to HDX, we’ve eliminated the HD option and offer HDX at the same price.

 

What if my TV is only 720p?

HDX streams in up to 1080p. So if your TV is only 720p, you’ll stream in 720p. If you upgrade to a 1080p or higher TV in the future, all your HDX titles will stream in up to 1080p.

 

Will titles with “HD only” restrictions on desktops and laptops stream in HDX?

Desktop and laptop restrictions are device dependent. So any titles with streaming restrictions will stream in their maximum allowed resolution, either 480p for SD or up to 720p.

 

I have an HD rental, will I get watch it in HDX?

Unfortunately, we won’t be upgrading any HD rentals you currently have to HDX. But if it’s any consolation, we’ll stream your next rental in HDX. See what we did there?

 

My upgraded HDX is awesome! You guys rock!

That’s not really a question, but thanks.


Walmart Gift Cards. Now Accepted on VUDU.

Jchang | June 6, 2016 in New Features | Comments (0)

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Millions of people in the US trust and use Walmart Gift Cards to shop thousands of products from Walmart every day. Now you can add over 100,000 movies and TV shows to that list, because today we’re officially announcing support for Walmart Gift Cards on VUDU.

With Walmart Gift Cards, we making entertainment easier for everyone not just to enjoy, but also give. They’re valid toward any movie and TV show on VUDU, so whether you want to spread the word on that new show you discovered, or need a convenient present for birthdays, holidays or other celebrations (ahem, Father’s Day), Walmart Gift Cards are the perfect choice.

Using Walmart Gift Cards on VUDU is also a great way manage entertainment budgets. Free yourself from subscriptions, rental late fees and even the need for a credit card. By using a Walmart Gift Card on VUDU, you can set your budget, own or rent only what you want, then reload the gift card when needed.

You can shop Walmart Gift Cards or eGift Cards today at Walmart stores or online at Walmart.com (where you can even get a VUDU-branded eGift card).

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The VUDU eGift Card from Walmart

For more information, visit the Gift Card Center on Walmart.com

How to Use a Walmart Gift Card on VUDU

  1. Sign in or sign up for VUDU on the web (you just need an email address and be over 18 years old)
  2. In your account settings, choose ‘Payment Info > ‘Add Walmart Gift Card’
  3. Enter the Code and Pin. You can add up to 5 cards.
  4. That’s it! Own, rent and watch your favorite movies and TV shows

The Future of Home Entertainment, Here Today with VUDU UHD

Jchang | January 6, 2016 in Industry News,New Features | Comments (2)

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It’s 2016 and the annual Consumer Electronics Show is underway. But if you want to check out the latest technology, you don’t have to be in Vegas because VUDU UHD is here!

VUDU UHD is the first new video format we’re introducing in years (since our breakthrough, 1080p HDX). It features the latest in video and audio technologies, including some you may have heard of, like 4K Ultra HD resolution, and some new ones you will be hearing about soon, like High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture and Dolby Atmos audio. With VUDU UHD, we’re creating a premium home cinema experience that will define the future of home entertainment.

So what makes VUDU UHD so exciting? Let’s take a look:

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4K Ultra HD resolution video. With over 8 million pixels, it’s four times more detailed than 1080p HDX, which means you’ll be able to see even the subtlest bead of sweat or pick out the tiniest strand of hair.

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Dolby Vision HDR picture. It’s not just about more pixels. It’s better pixels. Movies with Dolby Vision are remastered to take advantage of new hardware and deliver astonishing color, contrast and brightness.

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Immersive Dolby Atmos audio. One of the best reasons to go to the theater is to experience flowing, room-filling sound. Watch VUDU UHD movies with your Dolby Atmos-enabled sound system and bring that clarity, detail and power home.

 

Over two dozen movies are now available in VUDU UHD on the VUDU website, and with the right equipment and setup, you can rent or own to watch them today. If you’re not quite VUDU-UHD ready yet, though, no worries. You can still own them in UHD and watch in the highest quality your devices support.

 

Learn more about VUDU UHD, include supported devices and requirements, here.

 

 


VUDU Mobile Apps – The Sequel

Jchang | October 12, 2015 in Android,Devices,iOS,New Features | Comments (8)

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They’re back and better than ever in our biggest update yet! The latest VUDU apps for smartphones and tablets are now available on Google Play and the Apple iOS App Store. These updates bring the VUDU mobile experience ever closer to our premium living room experience, from the ability to browse the entire VUDU library on the iOS app to 1080p HDX playback on Android devices, and more.

VUDU on Android – Rebuilt & Redesigned

VUDU for AndroidAndroid users who upgrade to version 4.2 will get a completely rebuilt and redesigned app that puts the VUDU home cinema experience on the phone and tablet. The highlights:

  • A fresh and modern entertainment experience
  • Faster, more responsive and efficient app performance
  • New navigation, browsing and filtering options
  • HD/HDX playback support for newer, higher-end devices*

More to Explore on iOS

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IOS users also get lots of love, as well as lots more to discover and watch. New features in version 4.7 upgrade the previous ‘player-only’ app to a fully-featured one that gives users access to the entire VUDU library. So what’s new?

  • Browse the entire VUDU library and watch free trailers and bonus features
  • Search over 100k titles, or filter by genre, date, reviews and more.
  • Save new releases and favorites to your wishlist, making it easier to then purchase or rent on VUDU.com**
  • Dozens of bug fixes and improvements

These apps are available now, so pick up your smartphone or tablet and download the VUDU apps to begin enjoying entertainment on the go. And don’t forget rate and review us!

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*Android Lollipop or higher
**Apple in-app purchase terms currently do not make purchase or rental within the VUDU app a feasible option. In the meantime, you can complete transactions on the VUDU website.

Digital Movies & TV Made Easy with VUDU Spark

Jchang | April 8, 2015 in Devices,New Features,New Releases,VUDU | Comments (2)

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Looking to get started with digital movies and TV? Look no further than VUDU Spark: a tiny video stick designed to make enjoying digital movies and TV shows on a big screen TV convenient and accessible to everyone.

We launched VUDU Spark because we want everybody to be able to enjoy the benefits of digital movies. They shouldn’t need to be technically-savvy, have the newest TV or commit to pricey cable TV subscriptions to watch the latest movies and premium TV shows. VUDU Spark is simple and easy to use, so anyone can discover, watch and collect on their own terms—and budget.

How does it work?

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