Apr 21, 2020
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About this Deal
Fandango just purchased Vudu from Walmart to better compete with on-demand services against subscription Amazon or iTunes. Fandango’s core business of selling movie tickets has ground to a halt as theaters nationwide remain shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although Fandango has its own streaming platform, FandangoNow, it's not planning to shut down Vudu and roll it into that service. The operations of Vudu and FandangoNow will be merged once the deal closes, but for now there will be no immediate changes to either service.
The Vudu app will remain available, and you'll still have access to the movies and TV shows you own there. You can still use your Walmart credentials to login and make purchases on Vudu with your Walmart wallet. Vudu will continue to provide the backbone for Walmart's own digital movie and TV store (which also offers some ad-supported freebies) as part of the deal. Vudu is currently available on more than 100 million living room devices, according to Walmart, and the mobile app has more than 14 million downloads.
Will the Disc to Digital Program Survive?
Currently, Vudu has a disc to digital program which, for as little as $2 apiece and 100 times per year, lets users scan the barcodes of their physical media disks and receive a digital copy. (It costs $5 to upscale a DVD to HD.) This program helps Walmart because it motivates physical disc sales, but once Fandango takes ownership of Vudu, I can imagine it falling by the wayside. Fandango likely does not want to encourage the ownership of physical media, because they’re focused on ticket and digital sales. So Vudu users might be wise to convert as many movies as possible just in case.
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