With all of the attention lately focused on Netflix, Walmart’s Vudu streaming video service is about to reach a major milestone.
"Vudu … expects to offer more than 10,500 episodes of TV cable and broadcast shows for à la carte purchase by the end of October," reports Todd Spangler at Multichannel News.
The article continues, "Walmart’s streaming-video service, whose other big competitors are Apple and Amazon.com, has inked deals with programmers including Bravo, BBC America, Comedy Central, Discovery Communications, MTV, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, NBC, Oxygen, Showtime, Spike TV, Starz Entertainment, Syfy, TLC and USA Network."
TV titles that have been added this month alone, the story says, include " ’30 Rock,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,’ ‘Shark Week,’ ‘Suits’ and ‘The Kennedys.’ "
Unlike Netflix, which charges a flat rate for its services, Vudu does a la carte pricing: "Episodes are available for purchase only with pricing ranging from $1.99 to $2.99 per episode depending on whether the content being purchased is in standard-definition or HD," the atrticle notes, adding, "The majority of Vudu’s library still comprises movies, with some 20,000 titles available to rent or buy."
Vudu can be accessed through a number of blu-ray players, HDTVs, and Sony’s Playstation 3.