In 2016, Vudu added free, ad-supported content to its service under a feature called Vudu Movies On Us. If you don’t want to see ads, Vudu’s free movies can also be rented or purchased to be viewed ad-free. This option is not, however, available with most of Vudu’s free TV shows.
With Vudu.com/start , we can rent or buy new releases and popular movies. If you want old favorites or cult classics, those are also readily available. The free-to-watch selection tends toward older and less popular titles.
Vudu offers a wide range of TV shows, from older series to modern hits. That includes titles from HBO, Starz, and other premium channels. TV shows can be purchased as individual episodes or as full seasons.
One important note about rentals: Movie rentals on Vudu give you 30 days to start the movie and 48 hours to watch it once you’ve started. Before you hit play, make sure that you have time to finish the movie within those 48 hours, or you will have to pay to rent it again!
If you have kids and don’t want them to gain access to any of Vudu’s non-child-friendly content, Vudu’s “Family Features” can help with that. These Family Features are actually two individual features. First, there’s the “Kids Mode” option, which is available on some devices and lets you restrict browsing and watching to only kid-friendly titles. Second, there’s the Kids Store, which is available on all devices and allows you to browse only kid-friendly movies and TV shows for purchase.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s available on Vudu right now:
- Bill & Ted Face the Music
- Bad Boys for Life
- Trolls World Tour
- Hard Kill
- The New Guy (free w/ ads)
- Ella Enchanted (free w/ ads)
- Bob’s Burgers
- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
- Shark Week programming
- Roseanne (free w/ ads)
- Leverage (free w/ ads)
This is a good point to mention that you may already have access to some content on Vudu. Digital movies purchased through FandangoNow, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and Microsoft Movies & TV can often be viewed through Vudu.com start code because they participate in Movies Anywhere, a service that lets you sync your digital movie purchases across providers. This includes any DVDs or blu-rays that you have purchased that came with a code for a digital copy. Also, Vudu’s Instawatch service gives you a free digital copy of any movie you buy in Walmart that has the Instawatch sticker on it.
Another feature that Vudu added just this year is lists. Lists allow you to take the content that you have purchased on Vudu — or transferred to Vudu via Movies Anywhere or Instawatch — and organize them into user-defined lists. This feature may be useful if you have acquired a large quantity of digital media content.