FandangoNOW and Vudu Merge, Keep Vudu Name

Rent or buy box-office hits without a subscription

FandangoNOW and Vudu have merged into a single streaming service that will serve as Roku TV’s official movie and TV service. 

The companies announced the merge on Tuesday, a little over a year after Fandango bought Walmart’s on-demand video service, known as Vudu, TechCrunch reports. The newly merged service will simply be referred to as Vudu. 

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Vudu will feature over 200,000 movies and TV shows to rent or buy without a subscription, including new box-office movies. You’ll be able to watch F9: The Fast Saga, Pixar's Luca, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Peter Rabbit 2, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, A Quiet Place Part II, Disney's Cruella, Godzilla vs. Kong, and In the Heights, as well as Black Widow starting next week. 

Existing FandangoNOW customers won’t lose access to their already purchased content since all content will automatically be transferred from the old service to Vudu. TechCrunch also notes that customers will be able to rent or buy titles on Vudu using Roku Pay.

Aside from Roku, you can stream Vudo on a wide selection of platforms and devices, such as Samsung, LG and Vizio Smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex, PlayStation, Xbox, TiVo, and more. 

"Existing FandangoNow customers won’t lose access to their already purchased content since all content will automatically be transferred from the old service to Vudu."

Fandango told TechCrunch it stuck with Vudu’s name since that platform has a larger following than FandangoNOW. According to a recent report by the NPD Group, Vudu currently has more than 60 million registered users—still a far cry from Netflix’s 207 million subscribers

However, the two platforms are vastly different in what they provide customers. The main difference between Vudu and other streaming platforms such as Netflix is that it is free to register and be a member, but you have to pay for each movie or TV show you purchase. Prices for movie rentals range from $0.99 to $5.99, and cost $4.99 to $24.99 if you want to buy them. 

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