TV's Answer Man
Which Streaming Service Has the Best HD Picture?
Washington, D.C. (January 22, 2013) --
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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
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
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