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Is Vudu Available On Google's Chromecast?
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Washington, D.C. (March 4, 2014) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I was thinking of buying the Google Chromecast, but I was wondering if I could watch my favorite streaming service, Vudu, on it? -- David, Olney, Maryland.

David, first, for those not familiar with the Google Chromecast, the small dongle costs $35 and it can stream Internet video from your laptop or mobile device straight to your TV. What's great about that is you don't need a separate set-top or Smart TV. The small Chromecast dongle, which is connected to your TV's HDMI port, is all you need.

(For information on how to install the Google Chromecast (it's pretty easy), click here.)

Chromecast now permits streaming from Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play, YouTube and several other services. And, David,  I am happy to report that Vudu, the streaming service owned by Walmart, has just announced on its web site that it will be available "soon" on the Chromecast.

The company doesn't say exactly when the service will be available, but it's taking applications for beta testers now. You can apply here.

Vudu says it now has more than 100,000 movies and TV shows available for streaming on Smart TVs, Net-enabled set-tops and mobile devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Blu-ray players. Unlike Netflix, which charges $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming, Vudu operates on a pay-per-view basis. You can 'rent' movies for as low as 99 cents (although most HD movies are $4.99 or more) or you can purchase them digitally (they will be stored in the cloud so they can be watched anytime).

Because Vudu offers pay-per-view rather than a monthly plan, it has access to far more movies than Netflix. The studios grant it the rights to more films because they receive a slice of each pay-per-view purchase.

Last tip: The Chromecast allows users to 'cast' their web pages from their laptops onto their TVs by using a Chrome browser. So if you go to via Chrome, you can stream the page to your TV and watch your Vudu videos now on the Chromecast. However, the process is not as smooth (or visually appealing) as watching a video service via an app, as Vudu will soon become. But until Vudu becomes an official app on the Chromecast, it's one way to watch Vudu using Chromecast now. will keep you posted on Vudu's upcoming launch on Chromecast. Meanwhile, you can order the Chromecast below:

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