Walmart is the latest company to venture into the world of video streaming, and you do not need two guesses for whom they are trying to compete with. Netflix is the big player in this market, but the retail giant has the might and the funds to make them a serious threat, as well as going one better than them in one key area.
The Walmart website is currently down, with a message that reads “Walmart.com Scheduled Maintenance.” This could mean many things, but it seems a coincidence to us, so once up with can expect this new service to be live later today. The two have been partners in this business since last year, but will be the first time that Walmart has offered the service on their website.
Retail giant Walmart is now offering customers the ability to rent streaming movies on its website. This latest venture will be a partnership with Vudu, which already has a great movie rental service. With the two working side-by-side they will both benefit in a big way. Walmart will gain an entrance into this market, and Vudu will now be able to have a much larger presence with such a big name behind them.
We mentioned earlier that this new service will go one better than Netflix, what we mean by this is how you will now be able to get new DVD releases on the same day to stream online. Pricing will be $1 to $5.99 for a movie. You will notice that this is very similar to the pricing model of Apple TV, so means that there will be no unlimited subscription service.
Sticking with the Apple theme, you will also be able to buy them as well, but this will be in a physical format instead. Remember that you will need a decent Broadband connection in order to have uninterrupted movie streaming — something that is still an issue for many consumer in parts of the US. However, service is improving, but not as much as you would think.
You will notice that offering an online copy and a DVD/Blu-ray copy has become a popular choice over the past year, something that Netflix is unable to offer. However, once you purchase your physical copy from Walmrt you will also be able to access Vudu to stream your online version as well. This is perfect if you wish to watch the movie in your living room, and then allow the kids to view it online in their bedrooms.