Vudu and UltraViolet Let Members Share Movies with 5 Friends
Online locker system UltraViolet is in need of a little innovation, and movie service Vudu might have found just the ticket. The Walmart-owned Vudu worked with UltraViolet to create Share My Movies, a feature that lets Vudu customers share their libraries with up to five friends.
The feature is free, and was announced by blog post yesterday. Vudu members with UltraViolet accounts can invite friends and family members to share their online movies and TV shows, which can then be streamed to any device. The devices used by invited viewers don't count against the account holder's device limit. Each account can stream up to three videos at the same time, and individual titles can be streamed by multiple viewers at the same time. Invited guests will need their own Vudu accounts.
The feature works with Vudu UV-backed online purchases, as well as DVDs or Blu-ray Disks purchased from Walmart that include an UltraViolet online copy.
Vudu is offering this as a safer alternative to sharing passwords. When members share passwords, guests could potentially make purchases from those accounts. With sharing, however, there's no chance of that.
The sharing feature shares the entire contents of an online library. There's no option to share individual titles.
The cloud locker service will shut down at the end of July. Members are advised to link to retailer accounts to save their collections.
31 Jan 2019
The evolution of Disney's online locker now includes broad industry support, finally giving movie-lovers a central storage space for all their digital purchases.
12 Oct 2017
With RED, Blackfire envisions a home network of compatible devices that can all send and receive audio and video streams where needed.
12 Jun 2017
Frugal viewers now have another option as Vudu adds thousands of ad-supported movies and shows to its rental offerings.
19 Oct 2016
Don't call it a Chromecast competitor. This ultra-limited HDMI device appears to be good only for accessing Vudu.
07 Nov 2014
The announcement marks the first time that the HD movie on-demand service will be available on a game console.
17 Nov 2010
Agreement delivers thousands of high-def recent titles to Boxee users
28 Oct 2010
The announcement that IPTV hardware manufacturer Entone is partnering with VUDU suggests that the competition between pay TV services and over-the-top video providers might soon turn into cooperation.
Tues., May 5, by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
05 May 2009