Keeping up with the latest in video streaming can feel like a job in itself. But the technology has gotten so good and keeps improving so quickly that it’s worth it to stay informed. Here’s a quick overview of VUDU’s video streaming services, including InstaWatch, a new streaming stick called VUDU Spark, and UltraViolet. Ready? Set? Video!

What is VUDU?

VUDU is an online video store that is a pay-per-use service, meaning you only pay for movies and shows you intend to watch. Rentals start as low as $0.99, while purchases typically cost between $3.99 and $5.99. Participating VUDU purchases are stored in a digital locker called UltraViolet, which allows the customer to store files to watch locally.

What is VUDU Spark?

VUDU Spark is a streaming stick that recently came out and is available for purchase inside Walmart stores and online. Unlike some other devices, the Spark comes with a remote controller that’s designed to work directly with the interface. The Spark has the ability to turn your HDTV into a digital entertainment center, so you can browse, rent, buy and watch movies and TV shows without ever leaving home.

How does it work?

Just plug VUDU Spark into your TV’s HDMI port, connect to WiFi, and begin watching. It connects directly to VUDU without requiring any additional setup. Charging is easy,

How fast does my Internet connection need to be to use VUDU and VUDU spark?

A minimum 1 Mbps broadband internet is recommended to use VUDU. Test your Internet speed here. To use VUDU Spark, you’ll also need wireless Internet capabilities.

Will VUDU Spark work with my TV?

VUDU Spark requires an HDTV with HDMI input.

Does the VUDU service cost anything?

The VUDU service is free to join. No subscriptions or commitments, you simply pay the costs of rental or purchase of content you select. You only need a valid email address. Sign up here!

How do VUDU and UltraViolet work together?

Once you link your VUDU and UltraViolet account together, we will automatically put the Ultraviolet rights of that movie into the linked UltraViolet library, giving you access to the digital copy through your VUDU account.

By adding these rights to your UltraViolet Library, you can access that movie via any other service that supports UltraViolet. Likewise, we also make any movies or shows in the linked UltraViolet Library available to download or stream through your VUDU account.

What is InstaWatch and how does it work?

InstaWatch is a VUDU service that automatically sends you the digital copy of qualifying DVDs or Blu-ray discs that you purchase at Walmart Stores and on Walmart.com.

Buying movies in Walmart stores:

When you purchase a qualifying DVD or Blu-ray disc in a Walmart store, make sure to submit your receipt to Savings Catcher by scanning it with the Walmart app. We’ll then send you both an alert to your mobile phone and an email with instructions on how to get your digital copy. Follow the steps in the message and sign in with your Walmart.com account to start watching your InstaWatch digital copies.

Buying movies online at Walmart.com:

When you purchase a qualifying DVD or Blu-ray disc on Walmart.com, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to get your digital copy. The email can take up to 24 hours after shipment to arrive. Follow the steps in the message and sign in with your Walmart.com account to start watching your InstaWatch digital copies.

Whether you’re a sci-fi aficionado or a casual channel-flipper, VUDU has a video streaming solution for you. For more on VUDU and new releases, visit Walmart.com/VUDU.