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Which Streaming Service Has the Best HD Picture?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (January 22, 2013) -- 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 swann@tvpredictions.com

Q. There are so many streaming services out there now. Which one has the best picture, in your opinion? I value picture quality above everything else. -- Steve, Dunkirk, Maryland.

Steve, I have watched streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant, Redbox Instant, Hulu, Vudu and CinemaNow and I have to say that Vudu offers the best high-def picture quality.

Vudu, which is owned by Walmart, is available on most Smart TVs and connected Blu-ray players as well as Roku, the
PlayStation 3 and XBox 360. The service offers two versions of an HD movie -- 720p which Vudu labels 'HD' and 1080p which Vudu labels HDX. The HDX edition is more expensive -- $5.99 for most new titles -- but it's worth it. While the picture still falls below a Blu-ray player -- every streaming service does -- it's the closest to a real 1080p picture I've ever seen via the Internet.

Quick note: Vudu, like Netflix, does not offer a monthly plan; you have to order movies one-at-a-time like any other Video on Demand service. But I think you'll find the outstanding picture and wide selection of both past and current movies worth every penny.

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