Interesting a new competitor to the Chromecast is on the way. I have a VUDU account, you can stream digital copies of movies that you have purchased that come with an Ultraviolet copy (code). You can rent movies for around $3.99 for SD or $5.99 for HD. You can buy movies from VUDU for about the same price as the physical disc sells for in a store…but you can only watch the movies through the VUDU service.
Add Walmart to the list of companies that’s trying to sell you a Chromecast-like HDMI streaming stick: The retail giant’s Vudu streaming service is getting ready to unveil a HDMI stick dubbed Vudu Spark that is meant to — surprise — give users access to Vudu. The stick popped up in the FCC database this week, which tends to be a good sign that a release is imminent.
The filing, which was done on behalf of the device’s South Korean manufacturer Inktel Corporation, comes with a bunch of unredacted details, including photos of the device as well as a user manual that describes the pretty straightforward functionality of the Spark streaming stick: Upon starting it for the very first time, users have to set up their Wi-Fi network. After that, it automatically launches into the Vudu app.
There is no mention of any other apps or features, so it looks…
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