Vudu Gives Customers the On-Demand Entertainment They Want

Via Variety DECEMBER 5, 2017 10:00AM PT –

 

Entertainment service Vudu, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary, might be considered an old-timer in the fast-moving online market.

 

The 2017 Variety Press Play: Home Entertainment and Digital Hall of Fame inductee has logged a decade by staying focused on the customer, says Jeremy Verba, VP and GM, Vudu, video games and media, Walmart.com.

 

“It’s a technology not for technology itself, not for innovation itself, but rather for getting the customer what they want,” he says. “And what do they want? They want their content wherever they want it, however they want it and on the device they want it. One of the things that Vudu’s really focused on is being ubiquitous, being on all the devices, being on all the operating systems, all the various cloud-based systems.”

 

That often means partnerships, as “innovation is a team sport,” Verba says.

 

In addition to supporting UltraViolet accounts, Vudu recently signed on as one of the four initial retailers, along with iTunes, Google Play and Amazon, supporting Movies Anywhere, the cloud-based locker system launched in October that allows consumers access to their digital movies regardless of which of the retailers processed the initial purchase. Lockers help customers “feel very comfortable in buying a digital copy,” Verba says.

 

Not only does Vudu offer more than 100,000 movies and TV titles to rent or buy, but last year it launched Movies on Us, a free ad-supported service.

 

“We’ve given customers the option to have a movie or TV show no matter what mood they’re in, whether they just want to sit back and watch something for free, whether they want to rent something and just view it once, or whether they want to buy it and enjoy ownership,” Verba says.

 

Acquired by top disc retailer Walmart in 2010, Vudu also has a unique platform to help customers bridge the physical and digital world. Through its disc-to-digital program, consumers can use their mobile phone to scan discs in their home library and purchase digital copies for a few bucks. Its InstaWatch program allows customers to access a digital copy when they purchase a qualifying physical disc, and customers can also buy digital copies by purchasing a card in Walmart stores that creates an access pin on their receipt.

 

Vudu is continuing to support expanded and innovative special features and new formats, offering several hundred titles in 4K UHD.

 

“We want to make sure that wherever our customers are on the technology spectrum that we have the product for them,” Verba says.

 

 

Vudu Honored as a Home Entertainment & Digital Leader by Variety

We went to Hollywood and got an award

 

Yeah, so that happened. While other people were goin’ up on a Tuesday, we were getting down in LA and being honored as a Variety Press Play: Home Entertainment and Digital Hall of Fame inductee. That’s right, Vudu is officially famous and we have an award to prove it.

 

The Variety Press Play gala recognizes industry-leading executives and companies for their contributions to digital entertainment and their impact on the future direction of film, TV, music, VR, and more.

 

Vudu was honored for the leadership role our service plays in encouraging consumer adoption of transactional digital entertainment by providing the highest quality content along with exceptional value and convenience.

 

Aside from the honor of being recognized for our dedication to delivering complete access to digital movies & TV anytime, anywhere, on nearly any device, it was also a fun night out hobnobbing with other industry leaders.

 

And because we’re still reeling from all the excitement, we wanted to share a few moments from last night with you.

 

 

Highlight of the night? Getting the award! Here’s Jeremy Verba, VP and GM, Vudu & Connected Home, receiving the award, and what he had to say about the honor:

 

“It’s a technology not for technology itself, not for innovation itself, but rather for getting the customer what they want. And what do they want? They want their content wherever they want it, however, they want it and on the device they want it. One of the things that Vudu’s really focused on is being ubiquitous, being on all the devices, being on all the operating systems, all the various cloud-based systems.”

 

 

The event was held at the beautiful Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills (that’s 90210 for those in the know). And we’re not saying they were trying to give us a little extra, but that looks an awful lot like Vudu blue. We’re just saying.

 

 

Oh, an award? We were just told there’d be food. And we gotta say, these Hollywood types eat pretty well.

 

 

We’re kind of a big deal now. You better recognize. Just kidding. Don’t worry, we’re still all about you, our Vudu fans. We won’t let this (semi) fame go to our heads.

 

We think one of our team members summed the night up best:

 

“Being in Silicon Valley, sometimes we feel more like a tech company than an entertainment company. Being at this event, with all the entertainment companies and studios, made us really feel that as much as we are a tech company, we are also an entertainment company. And getting the award proved that we are really making an impact in the entertainment industry.”

 

So THANK YOU, Vudu fans, for trusting us, believing in us, and helping to make us who we are. We promise to continue to always to do our best for you.

 

 

Watch Detroit, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, new rentals, and movies still in theaters

Last chance for $5 for $25

Spend $25 in Nov, get $5 credit for Dec! Learn more.

 

There’s still time to earn yourself a $5 credit in December if you spend $25 by November 30th. And there are some great movies coming out in December  – we’re just saying. We’ll even give you some easy ways to reach your goal.

 

Bigelow, big fun, and a big, blue nose

Watch the powerful drama, Detroit, on Vudu today!

 

Set to the backdrop of one of the largest citizen uprisings in U.S. history, Detroit is a powerhouse of a movie from Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) that has received high praise from critics, and on Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and CinemaScore.

 

Watch Kingsman: The Golden Circle today on Vudu!

 

If you’re looking for a different kind of action, your favorite dapper spies (and the Crown Princess of Sweden) are back in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. They say manners maketh the man, but action maketh this movie. And you’ll get plenty of it from this team of super agents whose aim is as sharp as their outfits.

 

Haven’t seen the original? Go full circle with a The Golden Circle and The Secret Service bundle.

 

 

And if the young ones (or the young at heart) are looking for a movie, then…it’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight – well, The Muppets Christmas Carol. The gang is back with a special 20th Anniversary Edition that includes all-new audio commentary from your favorite Muppets, a sing-along, a look at Christmas all over the world, and much more.

 

If you rent it, you can watch (in up to 30 days)

You're in luck, watch Logan Lucky today on Vudu!

 

The holidays are a busy time, so why not relax with Logan Lucky, a Steven Soderbergh heist movie that doesn’t take place in a casino; or Tulip Fever, a story of love and betrayal set in 17th century Amsterdam.

 

Stop and watch Tulip Fever on Vudu today!

 

Too busy? No problem. You’ve got 30 days to start your movie before your rental period begins. So, finish decorating the tree. Wrap those presents. Don’t worry, your rental will be waiting for you.

 

Heck, you don’t even have to watch at home if you have our mobile app (Android, iOS). Download the movie and watch on the go without using data.

 

Movies you won’t find on Blu-ray…

 

Because they’re still in theaters. But we’ve got them. How? That’s the magic of digital! (Watch it first, instantly!)

 

Watch 24 Hours To Live on Vudu, while it's still in theaters!

 

Watch 24 Hours to Live. It’s part John Wick and part Crank, with the adrenaline rush of both. Ethan Hawke gets even with the agency that ruined his life, then took his life, then brought him back to life.

 

Then on Friday, there’s Slumber, a horror thriller starring Maggie Q. It’s dark and creepy, and you definitely won’t be slumbering after you watch it.

 

Or go independent with Tribes of Palos Verdes, starring Jennifer Garner and Justin Kirk (APB, Weeds) as a couple who moves their family to glamourous Palos Verdes, CA, only to find it isn’t as great as they thought. Available to watch starting this Friday as well.

 

 

Give the gift of digital movies & TV with Vudu

Get amazing deals with Digital Movie Card bundles in Walmart stores

 

Now that Black Friday is here and Cyber Monday is just around the corner, it’s safe to say the holidays are officially upon us. And with them come the dreaded “shopping days left” countdowns. (Like ok, I get it, I can read a calendar just fine thanks.)

 

Don’t worry, we’re here to help you spread a little digital cheer with Digital Movie Cards and Vudu Gift Cards – available now through the holidays at most Walmart locations.

 

Save up to 50% on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and beyond

 

Save up to 50% on bundled deals like the Back to the Future Trilogy for $12.96, or a sci-fi 5-pack that includes Interstellar, Terminator: Genisys, Super 8, The Island, and Event Horizon for just $19.96.

 

You’ll also find steals like the entire Fast & Furious collection for $49.96, all eight Harry Potter films for $69.96, the Middle-Earth 6-film collection (extended editions) for $44.96, the complete series of Breaking Bad for $79.96, and more!

 

Some of these deals are so amazing you might be tempted to keep them for yourself. To that, we say…go for it. After all, we hear “self-gifting” is a thing now (64% of Black Friday buyers admit to shopping for themselves), so, you go trendsetter.

Digital Movie Cards? You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.

 

That’s right, we’ve made it easier for you to give the gift of digital to everyone from teachers to co-workers, and doormen to delivery-people. Know what else they’re handy for? All those white elephant gift exchanges. (Two steals and then it’s locked. #strategery)

 

Digital Movie Cards are digital movies that you can buy in-store. Why? Maybe you’re picking up some Totino’s Pizza Rolls (our personal favorite movie snack). And maybe you just happen to be in need of a really cool gift for a really great price (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

 

With Digital Movie Cards you simply grab the card to get the movie. Just pay at the register, get the redemption code on the gift receipt, and voila, you’re ready to put it in a card and drop it in the mail – or into someone’s hands.

 

And because stocking suffers and those previously mentioned white elephant parties are a thing, you’ll also find Vudu Gift Cards at Walmart too – loadable in denominations from $10-$100. (They work like normal gift cards but are just a little more awesome because the recipient can use them to buy digital movies & TV on Vudu.)

 

See? Giving is easy. And it feels good. Especially when it’s as easy as giving Digital Movie Cards and Vudu Gift Cards.

 

Learn more about Digital Movie Cards.

Find your nearest Walmart store.

 

 

New This Week – Don’t be no jive turkey edition

Spooks, crooks, and cooks

 

Turkey day is upon us. Good for friends, family, football, and food. Not so good for our large-bodied fowl friends. (Deep thought of the day – the sound we attribute to turkeys, gobble, is also the name of the action we have for eating them. #mindblown)

 

But just because you need to play the perfect host and prepare a perfect meal for a houseful of hungry people (no pressure), it doesn’t need to be a stressful holiday. Especially when you can keep everyone entertained (and out of your hair) with Vudu!

 

Watch American Assassin on Vudu today! #pewpew

 

Create a diversion (classic clandestine tactic pro-tip) with the action flick American Assassin. Watch Michael Keaton hang up his Vulture wings and open up an assassin school for spooks, so that new recruit Dylan O’Brien can light it up.

 

Despicable Me is available now on Vudu! Bananas, we know.

 

Or if the little ones are running amok, let them go bananas with Despicable Me 3. It’s got a nice family theme with Gru discovering a long lost twin brother, Dru – not to mention everyone’s favorite Minions.

 

Get wined and dined on The Trip to Spain, now available on Vudu

 

And if you’ve got too many cooks in the kitchen, get them focused on other food matters with The Trip to Spain. Watch comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon check out breathtaking locales and to-die-for cuisine while on a hilarious culinary road trip through Spain.

 

Are we seriously not doing "phrasing" anymore?

 

We’ve even got several TV season bundles for binging, while you’re binging. Choose the vintage that pairs best with your menu: American Horror Story (S1-6), Archer (S1-8), The Americans (S1-5), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Complete series).

 

Or go anti-Thanksgiving for free with the horror classics ThanksKilling and ThanksKilling 3, showing now on Movies On Us.

Extra gravy

 

All the sugar from the pumpkin pie got you jittery? Could be your Spidey-sense tingling for the Spider-man: Homecoming Limited Edition Gift Box, exclusively at Walmart. Yes, it’s limited edition. Meaning, there aren’t that many. Meaning, head over to Walmart.com to pre-order yours now for $34.96 with free shipping (ships Dec 5th from Walmart).

 

This Spider-man: Homecoming Limited Edition Box Set is Amazing!

 

It’s got a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack with digital HD copy, an exclusive Funko POP vinyl figure, a Classic Spider-man Comic Covers book, two pairs of Spider-man socks, and a collectible enamel pin. You can check out an unboxing here.

 

New movies not in theaters

 

Channel a hipster (I saw that movie before it was a movie) and watch these movies before their theatrical release. How? Because we’re just extra.

 

Get criminal with Hangman and watch Al Pachino and Karl Urban (damn it Jim, this time I’m not a doctor) chase down a notoriously vicious serial killer with ties to Pachino’s past.

 

Watch Crooked House before it's in theaters! How? That's an Agatha Christie worthy mystery...

 

Or get classically criminal with Crooked House. This film adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most twisted tales is packed with suspense and stars – including Glen Close, Christina Hendricks, and Gillian Anderson.

 

New rentals. No turkeys.

 

Rent The Hitman's Bodyguard today on Vudu. It's triple-a rated executive laughs.

 

Watch Birth of the Dragon, a story inspired by the battle between Bruce Lee and Shaolin Monk Wong Jack Man. Get between a hitman and a triple-a rated executive protection agent as they go head-to-head in the comedy action hit, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Or be visually amazed by Luc Besson’s (The Fifth Element, Taken, and Lucy) Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Vudu fans!