Vudu vs Netflix: Which One is Better?

Feb 4, 2014 netflix, streaming movies, tv shows, 0 Comments
Vudu vs Netflix


Two of the best streaming services currently out there are Vudu and Netflix. Both of these services allow you to stream content, but each gives you something a little different. Vudu vs Netflix, which will be the victor?

We discuss the Pros and Cons of both services, letting you chose what will work best for you and your family.

Vudu vs Netflix: Which Do You Choose?

Cable bills are expensive, and for many of us, the basic channels just don’t have what we want to watch. The channels we really want are on higher tiers and we can’t afford the extra packages that have them. Thankfully, there are now alternatives for many of us. Even if you have cable, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have streaming too.

Netflix Pros

  • Netflix is available through most streaming devices including Blu-ray players, computers, Internet-connected televisions, and many of the gaming systems. There are also apps available for both Android and Apple devices making it possible to watch content anywhere at almost anytime.
  • A Netflix streaming account costs you a flat fee every month and gives you access to a continually shifting and growing library of digital content.
  • You can view as much of their content as your streaming and download limits allow for one low monthly price.
  • Netflix has the largest selection of streaming video.
  • Available to stream on multiple devices at the same time.
  • Individual profiles can be set up for different members of the family
  • Recommends shows that you may like based off of previous viewing and ratings
  • You can set a profile for children under 12, preventing them from viewing inappropriate material.

Vudu Pros

  • Vudu is available through most streaming devices including Blu-ray players, computers, Internet-connected televisions, and many of the gaming systems. There are also apps available for both Android and Apple devices making it possible to watch content anywhere at almost anytime.
  • Vudu does not have a monthly subscription fee, instead it works on a pay-per-view basis.
  • Through Vudu, you can either rent movies or purchase them to store in your digital library for viewing whenever you wish. Cost of a purchase is about the same as if you had purchased the movie in the store.
  • Vudu has new release movies and TV series.
  • You can set Parental Controls for any desired show ratings.
  • You can convert many Blu-ray videos into a digital version that is stored in UltraViolet on Vudu in your digital library. In fact, many of the videos currently for sale at Wal-mart come with a digital download code, so you can add them to your UV library.

Netflix Cons

  • Netflix content is typically six to 8 months old by the time it is available for streaming.
  • You pay a set monthly fee, no matter how little or how much you watch.
  • Child rating is set at PG-12, if you wish to allow your child to view some of the teen programming, you must disable parental controls.

Vudu Cons

  • Watching a whole series can get expensive, unless you purchase a package deal.
  • You have limited time to watch your rentals. After immediate purchase, you have 30 days to begin viewing. Once viewing has begun, you have 24 hours.
  • Even though it can be streamed to separate devices, you still pay for individual shows.

Both services are good. Which one you prefer, really depends on what your preferences are. If you have young children or teens, then Netflix comes out as the clear winner because they have a wide variety of children’s programming that is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, for one low price. If Vudu is your only streaming choice, and you have a family, then it will probably get pretty expensive.

Rather than decide between Vudu vs Netflix, my personal choice is to have both. Netflix is great for everyday family viewing because there is always something to watch, while Vudu gives you access to the latest releases from the comfort of your own home.

When you’re on a family vacation both are a great thing to have along. Netflix gives you easy access to your usual programming and your Vudu account lets you access your digital library from anywhere.

Just because you have chosen one of these as your streaming choice, it doesn’t mean you can’t have cable too. Why not have the best of both worlds. Before the newest episode airs you can catch up on the old ones through one of the streaming services. Why not check out some of the great cable deals in your area?

 


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A lost Canadian that woke up one morning and found herself in the U.S. with a husband, child and a mortgage. April is a gear head and a geek that loves tinkering with cars and computers; but strangely the two never meet as she likes to keep her 1940 Oldsmobile in its all original state and her computer updated and running sweet.

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