A few weeks ago, The Lazy Geeks did an episode on all the streaming options we currently have. With Apple TV+, Disney+, CBS All-Access, and the like, many people are thinking that we have way too many. Much like anything in the tech age, someone is always wanting to get into the mix. However, we knew Walmart was going to make this happen with Vudu. Now, we know just how they will.
Last week, Bloomberg reported that Walmart planned to jump into the original streaming video marketplace with its streaming service Vudu in the coming year, with a number of “shoppable” original shows. Variety reports that the service has revealed its initial slate of original shows, which will be ad-supported and free to watch.
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Vudu announced last October that it was resurrecting the 1983 movie Mr. Mom for an original series, and announced some additional projects at a digital marketing event on Friday. Other shows include Friends in Strange Places, a travel/comedy show (Queen Latifah is attached as an executive producer), Albedo, a science fiction series (starring Ant-Man and the Wasp and LOST’s Evangeline Lilly), Turning Point with Randy Jackson, an interview documentary series, Blue’s Clues & You a remake of the children’s series (in conjunction with Nickelodeon), Adventure Force 5, a movie about a band of tech-minded teenagers who save their town from aliens, and a weekly entertainment magazine with Variety called Variety’s First Look. The platform also says that it’s going to be testing an interactive show later this year. The shows will debut in 2019 and 2020.
Like with YouTube’s new revenue option of offering free shows with ads, Vudu will be offering the same option. Slightly augmented for the service. Variety says that the series will be free for viewers, and that it’ll be supported by new “shoppable in-stream ads,” which will allow users to buy items directly from the ad, or get more information via e-mail. Yes, it sounds more like CBS All Access and YouTube, but it shouldn’t be much different than their free movies with ads they currently offer. With my digital movie copies, their extensive rental library, and original show (depending if they’re any good) I may have a reason to watch it more.