Watch Vudu on Apple TV

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If you are a fan of Vudu, you can watch the movies and TV shows you've bought on that platform on your Apple TV. In fact, watching Vudu on Apple TV is a great experience because it supports Apple TV's voice functions such as fast-forwarding or rewinding using the Siri remote combined with English-language commands like: "back up three minutes" or "skip ahead thirty minutes." 

Here's how to get started with Vudu on your Apple TV.

Instructions in this article apply to Apple TV 4th generation and newer.

How to Start Watching Vudu on Apple TV

To get started with Vudu, you first need to download the platform from the App Store.

  1. First, open the App Store on your Apple TV; it's the blue icon with the A on it.

    Apple TV Home Screen
  2. When you first open the App Store, you'll be on the Discover page (or the Featured page if you're using an older version of tvOS). Swipe right on the top menu and choose Search.

    If you don't see the top menu, swipe down on the remote to reveal it.

    Apple TV App Store
  3. Type "Vudu" into the search box.

    You can also search by voice by holding the Siri button on your remote (it has a microphone icon on it) and saying, "Vudu."

    Apple TV App Store search screen
  4. Choose Vudu from the list of apps in the search results.

  5. On the Vudu page, select the Get button to download the Vudu app; it is a free download.

    If you've previously downloaded Vudu, the Get button will have an icon that looks like a cloud with an arrow pointing down.

    Vudu in the Apple TV App Store
  6. After the app downloads, the Get button will change to an Open button. Select it to launch the app.

    Vudu page in the Apple TV App Store

How to Sign in to Vudu on Apple TV

Now that Vudu is downloaded on your Apple TV, you need to sign in to your Vudu account to start watching. You need an existing account to use Vudu with Apple TV.

Unfortunately, you can't create a new account inside the app, so if you haven't already started using Vudu, you need to create an account on another device such as a laptop, desktop, smartphone, or tablet.

  1. After launching Vudu, scroll to the Settings menu at the top.

    Vudu home screen on Apple TV
  2. You'll start on the Account tab. Navigate to the Sign In button and click it.

    Sign In on Vudu app
  3. Sign in using your Walmart account or your Vudu account.

If you have Vudu installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can sign in using your device by launching the app. Navigate to Settings and choose Account to sync your credentials across devices without having to manually enter your password.

Sign In screen on Vudu

How to Rent and Buy Movies on Vudu for Apple TV

While you can watch purchased or rented movies or TV shows using the Vudu app, and you have access to the full Movies on Us free movie catalog, you can't rent or purchase movies using the Apple TV Vudu app. You can add to your wishlist, but you'll have to go to the website to make the purchase.

Apple charges a 30% commission for all in-app purchases, which includes digital media like music, books, and movies. Instead of passing this on to the customer, providers like Vudu and Amazon disallow buying or renting in the app. Instead, you must make purchases on other devices directly from the Vudu website.

Once you buy or rent a Vudu movie on another device, it should appear on your Apple TV in seconds.