Walmart Planning to Launch Original TV Shows on Vudu, Starting With 'Mr. Mom' Reboot

Walmart is planning to expand Vudu by introducing original television shows over the next year, according to a report by Bloomberg. As it currently stands, Vudu offers users a way to rent and purchase movies and television shows, akin to iTunes.


Now, the Walmart-owned service is planning to launch family-friendly television shows as a way to become a competitor in the ever-growing streaming TV market. These include a reboot of the 1983 comedy "Mr. Mom" (debuting as early as June 2019), a science-fiction show, and a police procedural drama similar to "CSI."

The difference is that Walmart won't require a monthly subscription to access these shows, but will instead generate money through "new advertising technology." This is described as "shoppable" content, with television shows that can directly lead to customers buying products online: "Not only will viewers see ads, they will have the option to buy products seen in shows, such as paper towels or soft drinks."

Although there are differences, Vudu will become one of many streaming services producing its own original TV shows. These include Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Apple coming later this year. Apple's service will be called Apple TV+ and will include shows created and produced by Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Oprah.

Comparatively, Walmart is "not in the running to produce the next 'Game of Thrones'," according to Bloomberg. In total, Walmart will produce at least a half-dozen original shows over the course of the next year, and will be meeting with advertisers in New York this week to pitch its plans.

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7 months ago
I'll take things no one asked for for $500 Alex.
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7 months ago

I was too young to get to be confused upon learning that Apple was entering the mobile phone market.

Thanks to Walmart, I'm getting a taste of that confusion.

Actually, when it comes to this situation in particular, there is no reason to be confused. Walmart is struggling to keep up with Amazon. Result: Copy everything Amazon does.
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7 months ago
I was too young to get to be confused upon learning that Apple was entering the mobile phone market.

Thanks to Walmart, I'm getting a taste of that confusion.
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7 months ago
This is beginning to be reminiscent of everyone launching "stories" a few years back - now it's original programming. How about an original idea instead?
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7 months ago

Actually, when it comes to this situation in particular, there is no reason to be confused. Walmart is struggling to keep up with Amazon. Result: Copy everything Amazon does.


It is rather odd that Walmart didn't see this freight train barrelling down the track at it.

How long did Walmart think it was going to take before Amazon figured out how to ship everything that Walmart sells in its stores?
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7 months ago
A new subscription for every show you want to watch. Yay! We are back to a full channel lineup - 95% of which goes unwatched.
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7 months ago

Who here actually watches Vudu ?


I only used it when T-Mobile Tuesdays had Vudu rental credits...
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7 months ago

My girlfriend and her dad keep buying her son DVD's which pisses me off because I just made my girl get rid of her 200+ collection like 3 years ago. I told her and her dad to stop buying him DVD's and that I will open him a digital account where they can buy him movies as well as convert all his DVD's to digital buy the end of this year. I've been looking at Movies Anywhere but never really thought about Vudu, I'll have to check it out.

Why don’t you want DVD’s/make her get rid of her collection? Taking up too much space?

Most people I know seem to want to continue to own their existing movies in DVD form. My husband ripped most of our DVDs but insists on keeping the DVDs. I’m okay with that for now, but someday when we downsize to a small condo, there’s no way we can keep them. They take up a lot of room, so that is my objection to them. I was just curious if that was your objection as well.
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7 months ago
Who here actually watches Vudu ?
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7 months ago

Why don’t you want DVD’s/make her get rid of her collection? Taking up too much space?

Most people I know seem to want to continue to own their existing movies in DVD form. My husband ripped most of our DVDs but insists on keeping the DVDs. I’m okay with that for now, but someday when we downsize to a small condo, there’s no way we can keep them. They take up a lot of room, so that is my objection to them. I was just curious if that was your objection as well.

I'm just an out with the old in with the new type of person so I consider DVD's old school and clutter when everything is digital and streaming these days, I also have 2tb of cloud storage I'm trying to make use of outside of backing up photos and docks. My original dream was to build a home media server by ripping all the Netflix thru mail movies I used to get as well as Redbox, and Library if I ever rented any but I never went thru with that.
Long story short I just can't stand to see a bookshelf full of DVD's not to mention my personal crusade on reducing the bringing of plastic into my home that will eventually be thrown away and pollute the earth.
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