VUDU test-drives Google Chromecast streaming

Michelle Clancy | 06-03-2014

VUDU, the Walmart-owned over-the-top (OTT) video service, is gearing up to test its wares on the Google Chromecast HDMI streaming stick.

VUDU offers more than 100,000 movies and TV shows on hundreds of devices, including smart TVs, smartphones, PCs, Macs, gaming consoles and others. VUDU on Chromecast will be available with the updated Android and iOS apps, as well as through the Chrome browser for PC and Mac.

"A Google Chromecast device lets you 'cast' video streamed from VUDU on your smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac directly to a television. No smart TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, game console or set-top box needed," VUDU explained. "While casting, you can use your device as a remote control or even a 'second screen', which means you multi-taskers can continue doing the ten other things you usually do while watching that TV episode."

VUDU is signing up customers for a beta trial of the Chromecast service, which will be separate from the service and require a new sign up. The company didn't provide a general launch date.