Chances are, even if you haven't heard of Vudu (though that's a little hard at this point), you might just own some piece of content that can be used with the service. Vudu is a digital movie locker that allows users to rent or buy movies online and have them streamed to their computers, or a number of set top boxes and Blu-Ray players with internet connectivity. This is all pretty standard fare. The standout feature, though, is Ultraviolet support, which happens to be one of the preferred methods of offering 'digital copies' for Blu-Ray multipacks.

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Once you sign in,  you'll have access to your entire library (if you have one), as well as the ability to shop around for anything you'd like to watch. Unfortunately, this seems to be another one of those apps that needlessly locks itself into landscape orientation (I'm looking at you, Skype). It also has pretty paltry device support. While it's only available for tablets (sorry, phones!), even then it doesn't seem to support the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Xoom. Which, admittedly, are semi-old devices, but it shouldn't take much to support these if things like the Transformer Prime work.


Like I said, you probably have a digital copy or two laying around somewhere. So, if you happen to have a tablet that works with this app, you may as well give it a shot. Also, if this is the first time you've signed up with Vudu, you can get a selection of 10 free movies when you sign up. (Note: a selection, not your selection. You can't just choose any ten from the entire Vudu library.)

Of course, this raises the question, how cool would it be if Google started pushing its movie service as strongly as Vudu/Ultraviolet push theirs? I have a number of 'digital copies' that I've received with some Blu-Rays that I usually end up giving away. If they were codes to unlock that movie on the Play Store, though... man, I'd use the heck out of that. It couldn't hurt to try, anyway.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Derek Duncan

    Yes, 'unlocking' the movie for access to the Play Movies store would be exactly what is needed for Google!

  • Matthew Fry

    Nexus 10 is supported

  • Eric Jones

    My main issue with streaming sites, is that they don't provide HD everywhere. Play store provides HD, but only on an Android devices, it downgrades it to SD on a browser (and doesn't play purchased movies on the PS3 youtube app). Amazon provides HD on a bunch of devices, but doesn't have an Android app. I installed Vudu, and looked at Bourne Legacy, and it looks like the HD version won't play on Android. I'm uncertain if I buy the HD version for watching on my PS3 and big HD tv, will it then let me play the SD version on Android? That would be sort of okay, compared to just not letting it play at all unless you buy both versions. Really though, it sucks that I can't play the HD version everywhere I buy it. I guess I'll buy a movie, and see where it lets me play it. At least VUDU finally works everywhere.

    If Play store let me play HD everywhere, and let me redeem Ultraviolet codes, I would totally do it. As it is now, I usually use Amazon VOD since it's HD on the TV, where it really matters.

    • oblivion328

      Really late response but yeah, if you buy HD with Vudu, you'll have access to the SD version of the film as well.

      • Eric Jones


  • martyhalpern

    Re: digital copies. Most, if not all, have an expiration date -- if you don't enter your code and snag the movie within the allotted timeframe, it will expire. (I know, I was saving my digital copies for loading on a new PC; by the time I got the PC, every single digital copy had expired. That's what I get (got?) for not reading the fine print.)

  • Delane Price

    "If they were codes to unlock that movie on the Play Store, though... man, I'd use the heck out of that."

    I totally agree with this statement. I no longer buy any hard copies of movies in any format due to streaming video content being more accessible today. I don't use Google's Movies for streaming because I feel it's service and fees are an outdated model. There should be a subscription plan (Netflix/HuluPlus) and new releases for rent separately for up to 2 months after release (depending on popularity). Once the 2 month period is over than those 'new/old' releases should then be made available to the streaming video subscribers. Let the companies deal with the actual physical copies and let me/everyone deal with watching a streamed 1080P version...

  • John Riley

    I do buy the Blue-Rays, especially the ones that have UV streaming. What I do not like about it is the fact you need another account on Paramount, WB, Sony, VUDU and/or Flixster... Please have them available on across all platforms so I can have a more uniform library experience.

  • Bob Someguy

    I bought a Sony Google Internet TV (the older one with the Blu-ray reader) and I love it. I buy movies off of Play and watch them on my 72in HD TV, my Nexus 7 or my phone if I want to squint at pictures. HD works beautifully if you have the bandwidth. I had to switch to a Wireless-N 5GHz router to get HD working perfectly on the Google TV, but now I have upwards of 70+ movies on Google Play. My biggest complaint is with Warner Bros who refuses to license their movies for sale. So I am still buying DVDs that I can't get from Google Play, Dark Knight Rises, Cabin in the Woods, etc (all WB).

  • Munkyxtc

    Some Movies which have digital copy plus can be redeemed on the play store

  • SusanS

    Thank you for this info. I heard Disney is coming out with Digital Copy Plus in June, but it will only work with 2 apps, VUDU being one of them. If it will play my Disney digital movies on my Android device, that would be sweet. I have a ton here totally useless since I do not own Apple anything :p