VUDU 3D Movie Streaming - What You Need To Know

If you have a 3D TV you can watch 3D Movies on VUDU

VUDU 3D Streaming Service Page
VUDU 3D Streaming Service Page. Image provided by VUDU

VUDU, the video-on-demand movie streaming service, can stream 3D movies to select network media players, media streamers, Smart TVs, Blu-ray Disc Players and the Sony PS3.

What You Need To Get VUDU 3D

While Vudu was initially offered on its own streaming video device, the company has made deals with many manufacturers to make it readily available on a number of devices. A Vudu app can be found on 3D Samsung and LG smart TVs and Blu-ray disc players, and on Smart TVs and home theater components from other makers. For more info, check the VUDU's device page.

Note that the original Vudu boxes (no longer available) and not all Blu-ray players, TVs, and media streamers support Vudu 3D.

Here is a list of everything you need to complete a setup for access to VUDU 3D.

  • A 3D capable TV or video projector.
  • 3D glasses that work with the TV or video projector.
  • High-speed HDMI cable rated to handle 3D.
  • A TV or other device with the Vudu 3D app already installed or that can be downloaded and installed (again, note that some Blu-ray disc players and the original Vudu device do not support 3D).
  • Direct connection (if the Vudu 3D app is not on the TV) from the Vudu-enabled 3D device to a 3D TV (or through a 3D capable home theater receiver).
  • Vudu account -- there is no subscription fee; you will pay about $3.99 to $7.99 to rent and view full-length movies, but previews are free.
  • Internet connection with speeds over 9 Mb/s.

How to Access 3D Movies on VUDU

  • First, go to the Vudu main page and set up your account. Once you have done that (or if you have an account already), and, depending on your TV or device do the following.
  • Highlight Movies
  • Click on Showcases
  • Click on 3D
  • Choose a movie or preview that is labeled "3D".

On some TVs and devices, after highlighting movies, you may need to click on Collections, then Showcases before selecting 3D.

Also, if you don't see the 3D listings, you can also go into Search and type 3D and a listing of available 3D movie titles will appear on the screen - As you click on each title there will be a notice that the 3D version is only available for those that have a 3D TV.

NOTE: If one, or more, of the devices you access Vudu on is not 3D compatible, it is also possible that 3D movie title listings may not be visible to you using the above steps.

Streaming 3D Movies in Quality that Rivals Blu-ray

In testing Vudu 3D on a number of devices, the results were consistently outstanding. Vudu has been known for high-quality video and audio delivery with its HDX format, which rivals the quality of Blu-ray discs. This is amazing when you consider that the media is streaming to your device in a digital format rather than physical media.

Of course, the 3D effects are only as good as the 3D effects of a Blu-ray disc. With a few exceptions, most 3D creates a behind-the-screen depth rather than that jump-out-of-the-TV-and-into-your-living-room action. Disney's "The Christmas Carol" is an example where twirling snowflakes indeed floated out into the room.

Streaming 3D requires an internet speed of 9 Mb/s or more, so be sure you have a fast connection before attempting to stream in 3D. It's a good idea to take up your player's offer to test your connection prior to streaming the movie or preview, to see if you might encounter any streaming artifacts or buffering

The Bottom Line

If you have been looking for content to enjoy on your 3D TV, Vudu 3D streaming is an option to consider. However, keep in mind that 3D movie titles are rotated in and out on periodic basis, so if you see one listed that you would like to see, watch it when you can so you don't miss it. As 3D Blu-rays are released, you'll be able to stream the Vudu 3D versions.

Still, the Vudu rental fee of $3.99 and up for a high-quality 3D movie experience is a great alternative to the paltry choice of 3D Blu-ray discs on the retail shelves that might cost $30 to $40 each. However, you do have the option to purchase an online digital version of 3D movies. Depending on the whether the film is an older or newer release, purchase prices vary from $7.99 to $32.99. In some cases, the purchase price may include both the 2D and 3D versions - a great convenience if you can access Vudu on other TVs around the house that may not be 3D compatible.

Vudu provides a very good quality online video-on-demand viewing experience. If you have a TV, media streamer, or Blu-ray Disc player that is compatible with Vudu 3D streaming, it is a great option to have. However, with the discontinuation of 3D TV production, although there are many still in use, new models are not being made. This means that at some point Vudu may discontinue the 3D portion of its streaming service - so. if you are a 3D fan, take advantage of it while you can.

For more on Vudu streaming service offerings, also read our companion articles: All About The VUDU Streaming Service and Streaming VUDU in 4K