Vudu has announced the arrival TV shows on its platform. So far, the list includes Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Bones, Gossip Girl, and The Walking Dead. This means that the company has struck at least basic deals with 20th Century Fox, ABC, Lionsgate, Showtime, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and AMC.
Vudu has also optimized its interface with the following features, to make sure you can find what you're looking for:
- Season Purchase – Instead of buying each episode one at a time you can purchase your favorite season, and new episodes will automatically show up for you to watch as soon as they become available.
- TV Networks Homepage – Find all Vudu's TV content by going to Collections and then TV Networks (pictured below). You can click into each network or studio displayed to see the TV content they offer.
Vudu is a media technology company that develops interactive media services and devices for distributing full-length movies over the Internet using a hybrid P2P TV technology. Vudu started in 2004 by making its own set-top boxes (the Vudu Box and the Vudu XL), but now primarily markets its software as a Smart/Connected TV platform and Video On Demand (VOD) distribution service to third-party consumer electronics devices (such as those from LG, Panasonic, and Boxee).
Vudu offers instant streaming (no download time) of movies and TV programs through IPTV-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players with no computer, cable, or satellite TV service required. The user also doesn't need to pay a monthly subscription fee. The VOD service claims it has the world's most extensive library of HD movies from all Hollywood studios and leading independent distributors, with its new release titles available the same day as the DVD release. Movie renters can grab a two-night movie rental for $2.
Walmart acquired Vudu in March 2010 for an undisclosed amount. As we see with this recent announcement, having a huge retailer (or in this case, the world's largest retailer) as a parent company puts Vudu in a prime position to score deals with studios and manufacturers.