Last year, Walmart sold its Vudu video on demand service to Fandango, and now, after many years of no work on Amazon’s Fire TV platform, the app has finally reached one of the few devices it wasn’t already on. Vudu has always specialized in providing high quality movies and TV shows, even dating back to when you needed a $ 400 box just to access it.
While Fire TV of course includes Amazon’s own on-demand video store, the availability of Vudu means people can stream 4K and HDR content from another source, as well as take advantage of the various sales and even ad-supported free streaming. In a statement, Kevin Shepela, Director of Fandango, said: “With Vudu’s vast library of premium content, from new event movies to favorite movies and TV shows, we’re excited to bring Fire TV users so much new viewing options to watch in their living room a lot in breathtaking 4K. “
The announcement also noted “double-digit” growth in new accounts in 2020 – you hope, with so many people watching movies at home – compared to the previous year. With this launch, and Vudu recently became available on Comcast set-top boxes, it hopefully means good things for its future under new ownership. The pace of development new features for Vudu has always been relatively slow, and while its user interface is consistent, it hasn’t changed significantly in many years, so anyone with a library of content stored on the service benefits by continuing to grow.