Walmart is already known as the top money-saving superstore in the country. Now, it's trying to get into the streaming video business, too. The company wants to help you send all of that content right to your TV with a new streaming gadget. The Vudu Spark will plug into a TV's HDMI port and use your Wi-Fi to send content right to the screen.
Walmart hasn't actually announced the gadget yet, but we found out about it anyway because of information that's up on the FCC's website.
It sounds a lot like Google's Chromecast gadget, but as far as we know it will only connect with the Vudu video website. Vudu has pay-per download movies and TV shows that you can purchase. Walmart also recently partnered with Vudu to help you access digital versions of the physical movies you buy from Walmart in an online portal.
Walmart hasn't announced a release date or price yet for the Spark, but you can expect it will cost significantly less than the $35 Chromecast for two reasons. One, the Spark only connects to one service. Two, Walmart is known for its savings, so I don't think the gadget will be too expensive.
But, even if the Vudu Spark doesn't cost that much, it still doesn't seem worth it to me unless it has some extra features we haven't heard about yet. After all, you can already stream Vudu to your TV using the app for Chromecast. I'd rather buy a gadget that connects to multiple services than something like the Spark that's tied to just one.
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