1980’s Comedy ‘Mr. Mom’ Revived as Digital Series by MGM, Vudu

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The 1983 comedy “Mr. Mom” is being revived as a digital series by its home studio, MGM, as part of a new partnership with Walmart-owned streaming platform Vudu.

 

Vudu made the announcement Wednesday at the NewFronts West just days after revealing its partnership with MGM, which is intended to create a slate of short-form scripted content adapted from a library of classic intellectual property that offers the opportunity to serialize everything from James Bond to “The Pink Panther.”

 

Execs explained the choice of “Mr. Mom” as an attempt to capitalize on the nostalgia parents have for the entertainment choices they grew up with, and their desire to share that content with their children.

 

“As parents, we want to share with kids the TV shows and movies that we grew up with,” said Julian Franco, head of AVOD content and advertising, at Vudu. “They made us feel something. The reality is we want our kids to feel the same thing too.”

 

“Mr. Mom” was a hit film that featured Michael Keaton as a father who bumbles his way through stay-at-home parenting when his wife (Teri Garr) returns to the work world. “Mr. Mom” was written by John Hughes, who would go on to create classic 1980s fare including “Sixteen Candles.”

 

The series will be a continuation of the baby Megan’s story, when as a grown adult, she wants to go back to the workforce and her husband must go on parenting duty.

 

Of “Mr. Mom,” Franco commented, “We thought it would be a good first step for us. We’re going to reboot it. It’s an American classic. Anybody that remembers it loves it.”

 

The series will be featured on Movies On Us, the name of Vudu’s ad-supported platform. It’s intended to cater to Walmart’s family-friendly audience and feature “shoppable” ads.

 

MGM senior VP of digital platforms Sam Toles joined Vudu on stage to share his enthusiasm for the project. “There is definitely a hunger and a passion for established IP,” he said.

 

 

Vudu Adds Sony TVs To Growing List of 4K UHD-Compatible Devices

 

Sunnyvale, CA, September 11, 2018 – Vudu has released version 4.2.52 of their Android TV app, enabling Sony television owners to watch hundreds of Vudu UHD movies, from every major studio, in the brilliance of 4K with Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 support.

 

With four times the pixels of HD, and the richer, more life-like color of High Dynamic Range technology, Vudu 4K UHD gives viewers with compatible 2016-2017 Sony televisions the ultimate picture quality, clarity, and color range on their Sony TV, and the best possible cinematic experience at home. Users will also discover a refreshed interface.

 

If your Android TV has auto-update enabled, you don’t need to do anything to update to the latest version of the app, users can simply sign back into their accounts to enjoy all the benefits of Vudu 4K UHD. If not, users can simply update to the new app from the Google Play Store and sign back in to enjoy all the benefits of the new app.

 

With the addition of Sony televisions, Vudu continues to expand its list of 4K UHD-compatible devices.

 

“4K and HDR represent the best possible cinematic experience at home – and we want to be able to deliver that exceptional experience to as many people as possible, across as many devices as possible. So, we’re continuously working to bring Vudu 4K UHD capability to more devices – no matter the platform,” said Kristine Lopes, Sr Manager, Product Marketing.

 

Specific models that benefit from this update include:

 

  • 2016 X830/800/750/700D, S850D, and Z9D series
  • 2017 X850/820/800/750E, X950/940/930E, and A1E series

 

Vudu already supports 4K UHD on many of the most popular TV brands; streaming devices like Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku; Xbox One S and X, and Nvidia Shield game consoles, and more.

 

Find more information on Vudu 4K UHD, here.

 

About Vudu

 

Watch the latest movies & TV shows anytime, anywhere, to your favorite smart TV, Android and iOS device, game console, Blu-ray player, and more, with Vudu. Buy or rent over 150,000 titles, including the newest releases weeks before they’re available on disc, and even watch over 5,000 titles for free. At home or on the go, online or offline, Vudu delivers a premium entertainment experience with the latest in digital video and entertainment technology, including 4K Ultra High Definition, Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound. For more information, visit vudu.com/aboutus.

 

 

VUDU AND FOX INVITE YOU TO A NIGHT YOU’LL NEVER FORGET IN THE DEADPOOL DREAM SUITE

Press previews: Thursday, July 19 – Friday, July 20 (by appointment only, contact PR team with inquiries)

 

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if Deadpool and Blind Al took over the Hard Rock Hotel’s most expensive suite? Probably not, but you’re going to find out anyway!

 

Digital video service Vudu Movies & TV, has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to host a sweepstakes for one lucky Comic-Con attendee to win a stay in the Deadpool Dream Suite on Saturday evening. The suite is modeled after Deadpool’s apartment and comes fully-stocked with more half-finished Ikea furniture and pop-culture Easter eggs than you could shake a katana at. Not to mention all the (non-adult) movies the winner could ever watch, courtesy of Vudu.

 

Those planning to be at Comic-Con can enter to win at: watchvudu.com/deadpooldreamsuite. The official sweepstakes entry period is July 11 through July 19, and the winner will be announced at Comic-Con on July 20.

 

Although this activation is only open to members of the media and the grand prize winner, Vudu is also giving 15 lucky winners the extremely limited opportunity to tour this otherwise exclusive activation. Winners will be chosen by Vudu associates at Comic-Con, who will be on the lookout for Vudu and Deadpool super-fans.

 

The Deadpool hi-jinks continues after Comic-Con. Following the grand prize winner’s stay in the Dream Suite, Vudu will host a giveaway of select loot from the suite so fans can take a piece of the Deadpool Dream Suite home.  Visit watchvudu.com/deadpooldreamsuite to enter starting July 20th.

 

ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film. TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions as well as all third party distribution partners on DVD, Blu-ray™, 4K Ultra HD, Digital and VOD (video-on-demand). Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets and digital stores throughout the world.

 

ABOUT VUDU

Watch the latest movies & TV shows anytime, anywhere, to your favorite smart TV, Android and iOS device, game console, Blu-ray player, and more, with Vudu. Buy or rent over 150,000 titles, including the newest releases weeks before they’re available on disc, and even watch over 5,000 titles for free. At home or on the go, online or offline, Vudu delivers a premium entertainment experience with the latest in digital video and entertainment technology, including 4K Ultra High Definition, Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound. For more information, visit www.vudu.com/aboutus.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

 

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Kavita Smith

T: 310-369-8435

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Nicole Duong

T: 310-369-1197

E: Nicole.Duong@Fox.com

 

Think Jam

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E: DeadpoolHE@thinkjam.com

 

Vudu

Kristine Lopes

E: Kristine.Lopes@vudu.com

 

 

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 comes to Apple TV with thousands of free movies and UltraViolet access

 

Sunnyvale, CA, August 22, 2017 – Vudu has released the new Vudu Player for Apple TV, giving Apple TV users access to over 4,000 free titles on Movies On Us, as well as their existing Vudu and UltraViolet collections.

 

Owners of the 4th generation Apple TV with tvOS 10 can download the Vudu Player from the Apple TV store and immediately watch free Movies On Us titles, with limited commercials, from studios like Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate. Titles include Sahara, Imagine That, Man on a Ledge, The Last Stand, Paranormal Activity 1 & 2, Universal Soldier, Vanilla Sky, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and more.

 

Users can also use the native app to watch their existing Vudu collection, and for the first time, link and play their UltraViolet collection on Apple TV – all without using AirPlay.

 

With the addition of Apple TV, Vudu expands its watch anytime, anywhere convenience for users and continues to add to its already extensive list of Vudu-enabled platforms. Now you can access Vudu from more of your favorite devices – including Apple TV, Chromecast, Android and iOS mobile devices, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, streaming devices like Roku, and the web.

 

New users should first head to vudu.com/signup to sign up for a free Vudu account, as App Store policy restricts sign up ability from the player. While online, users can easily buy or rent titles from vudu.com (or from platforms such as Android devices, smart TVs, game consoles, Roku, and more) and watch them instantly on their Apple TV. Users of the iOS app can also download titles in their collection to their mobile device.

 

About Vudu

 

Enjoy the magic of movie night, every night, with Vudu. With over 100,000 titles that can be watched on your favorite devices, Vudu gives you anytime, anywhere access to your favorite movies & TV shows. At home or on the go, online or offline, Vudu delivers a premium entertainment experience with the latest in digital video and entertainment technology, including 4K Ultra High Definition, Dolby Vision HDR, and Dolby Atmos Cinema Sound. For more information, visit www.vudu.com/signup.

 

For more information on the Vudu Player for Apple TV, see our:

 

Information Page: http://www.watchvudu.com/vuduplayer/

FAQs: https://vudu.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/401

Vudu logo and guidelines: https://walmart.invisionapp.com/boards/M6GRYIXCFZDS#/782730

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