Updated February 28, 2014
Bottom Line

Vudu has a great library of recent hit movies. The same is true for TV shows, with many episodes available within days after they air. Vudu's picture quality is called the best of any streaming provider. But unlike Netflix, you'll pay for each Vudu video you stream and pay extra to see it in the best video quality.

Movie library

All the hits, at a price. Like most video-on-demand movie streaming services, Vudu's library features lots of the latest Hollywood hits, some simultaneously with or even before their release on disc. The catch compared to subscription services like Netflix is that you must pay separately for each movie you stream.

Most movies can be purchased -- which gives you the right to stream it as often as you like -- or rented with a 24-hour viewing window, but some can be only rented or only purchased. Most streaming movies can be seen in standard definition, high definition or a format Vudu calls HDX, which delivers the best streaming picture quality of any streaming service, reviews say. Special deals as low as 99 cents per rental are always available, but expect to pay around $6 for an HDX rental of a top streaming movie title.

ProsLots of new movies and TV shows, Best-quality video streaming, Widely availableConsPay separately for every movie and TV show, Best-quality video costs extra