Vudu Now Offers 99 Cent Movie Rentals
Vudu is a video on-demand streaming service that streams movies over a broadband Internet connection to a $299 Vudu Box device connected to your TV. All you need is a broadband connection that is fast enough (2 Mbps for Standard Definition (SD) video, and 4.0 Mbps for High-Definition (HD) video)--you don't use your computer (other than just once to activate your account). The Vudu Box can output video up to 1080p. Once you own the Vudu Box, there are no additional service charges--you only pay for the videos you rent.
As to how much these rentals cost, prices vary, but most new SD titles appear to cost $3.99, and HD titles $5.99. But with Vudu's new "99 for 99" promotion, Vudu created a special channel where a selection of "99 blockbuster films [are] each available to rent for 99 cents." The current selection of 99 SD titles includes recent releases such as I am Legend, Sweeney Todd, and Cloverfield. Other selections run the gambit from classics, such as Vertigo, to fan-favorite comedies, such as Groundhog Day.
|Some of Vudu's current "99 for 99" titles|
Vudu might not offer the best solution or bang-for-the-buck for all users. Many prefer using Netflix with its mail-based, physical disc rental service and its small, but growing library of "Watch Instantly" titles. Others find that the VOD services offered by their cable providers meet their needs. Even some folks have come to embrace the Apple TV as a way to watch downloaded movies on their TVs. Lastly, those who demand the very best image quality, will likely be disappointed with the compressed image quality of Vudu's SD and HD movies. But what Vudu offers is reasonably priced access to a catalog of over 6,000 movies and TV shows. If you are the type to get a sudden hankering to watch episodes of Arrested Development on your TV, then Vudu might be what you are looking for.