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Vudu Spark Is Yet Another TV Streaming Stick... This Time From Walmart

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    Vudu Spark is yet another TV streaming stick... this time from Walmart - Liliputing (click for full article)

    11/07/2014 at 9:19 AM by Brad Linder

    -- Want to stream movies or TV shows from online video service Vudu to your TV? You can use a Chromecast, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, or any number of smart TVs or set-top boxes from Samsung, LG, Vizio, and others.

    Soon you’ll also be able to use something called the Vudu Spark. It’s a small HDMI stick that you can plug into a TV, and it looks a lot like Vudu’s answer to the Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick.

    Walmart-owned Vudu hasn’t actually announced the device yet, but the folks at GigaOM spotted the Vudu Spark in a recent FCC listing which contains pictures and at least part of a user manual.

    Read more at: Vudu Spark is yet another TV streaming stick... this time from Walmart - Liliputing
     
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    The FCC isn't concerned with software, they're concerned with RF emissions and interference. Streaming Vudu video shouldn't look any different than streaming anything else as far as the FCC is concerned, otherwise every time someone created a ChromeCast enabled App, Google would have to run off and re-certify with the FCC.

    In other words, let's wait and see ...
     
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    I think the point of the articles is why would anyone buy a streaming stick that only supports one service (Vudu). What will differentiate this product?
     
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    Indeed ... but is that what Walmart is planning to do? Or did they develop the stick to minimum functionality and push forward with certification? To flame them for something they have not officially said about the product is pretty crappy.
     
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    The authors of the articles saw the user manual which was part of the FCC filing. Upon start-up the device goes straight to the Vudu app. And no other apps mentioned in the user manual. So I think it's looking like Vudu will be the only app - although since it hasn't been officially announced yet it's not 100% certain. IMO the stick could have some unique way of interacting with Vudu - and Walmart will sell it for very cheap and heavily promote it in their stores.
     
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    I know exactly why they leapt to their conclusion, but that doesn't change the fact they leapt to it.

    If Walmart does indeed go to market with a stick that can only stream Vudu, I agree with your conclusions. I suppose another approach would be to greatly expand what's offered on Vudu such that it could be considered a "one stop" video entertainment service. Adding a subscription option somehow all tied in to Walmart shopping sort of like how Amazon uses Prime to reward shopping with them would be a way to go as well. With other services looking for ways to grab a piece of the action, Walmart may even be able to offer a discount for people who use their stick to view their movies.

    We can assume they're idiots about to repeat a mistake they made when they came out with the original Vudu Box, or we can wait until they're ready to clue people in.

    *shrugs*

    It's funny that given Amazon's rep, that the prevailing thought was that the Fire Phone would have pricing or bundled features that would make it very attractive to Prime subscribers. It didn't and unsurprisingly it fell flat on its face. We should be careful about making assumptions.
     
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    The Vudu Spark is a great product for owners of legacy sound processors that do not accept an HDMI input.
    Why? because neither coaxial nor SPDIF can send a Dolby Digital Plus signal.
    This means you cannot employ any type of converter to convert Dolby Digital Plus to Dolby Digital 5.1, so you get stuck with a lousy PCM audio feed. However, The Vudu spark WILL Convert Dolby Digital Plus to Dolby 5.1!!!!!!! Yessirree Bob! Plug your Spark into your monitor and the sound will magically convert to Dolby 5.1.
    A Roku cannot do this. A Spark can.
     

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