I want to buy a movie but I’m not sure which is better ? iTunes or Vudu ?

Closingracer

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I prefer iTunes for various reasons with Apple TV app better then Vudu, seamless and quality is better I find it I think. But Vudu is available on most platforms should I switch again but I’m not any time soon. Which HD is better on an iPhone with me only watching it ok my iPhone 11 Pro and maybe my iPad Pro 11?
 

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I don’t personally use Vudu myself but a couple of things to consider is
1) Buying a HD movie from iTunes will in most cases upgrade to 4K if and when available at no additional cost.(Providing it’s not from a Disney company- 20th Century are not currently affected)
2) Providing the purchased movie is from an MA partner it will port through to the other so you then have the choice of which service to play from. (iTunes that have upgraded from HD to 4K after original purchase will not port the 4K over via MA)
 

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I don’t personally use Vudu myself but a couple of things to consider is
1) Buying a HD movie from iTunes will in most cases upgrade to 4K if and when available at no additional cost.(Providing it’s not from a Disney company- 20th Century are not currently affected)
2) Providing the purchased movie is from an MA partner it will port through to the other so you then have the choice of which service to play from. (iTunes that have upgraded from HD to 4K after original purchase will not port the 4K over via MA)
This movie I highly doubt will ever be part of MA since it’s an indie Title not distributed by any member so it’s either iTunes or Vudu for me. Purely speaking at 1080p which is better tho ? I’m watching this on an iPhone 11 Pro. I only ask because I like using non Apple services because of the fact I can use it on Android and etc while iTunes is mostly stuck on Apple devices. I like the option. Just curious is iTunes usually a better copy ?
 

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Don’t know if this is if any use but it may be possible to watch iTunes content on Android.
There’s also the possibility of the ATV app appearing at some point too.

 

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I think iTunes is a prison. I've purchased a handful of movies over the years (out of laziness) and I refuse to ever purchase one again on that platform.

It has some good points (movies stored indefinitely on Apple servers and good quality) but the entrapment in the iTunes prison is intolerable to me. Also they're really expensive. Top price.
 

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Ever hear of "Movies Anywhere"?

Yes and if you read my text it’s not eligible for it. It’s a small indie movie not distributed by WB, Sony , universal or Disney.
 

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Yes and if you read my text it’s not eligible for it. It’s a small indie movie not distributed by WB, Sony , universal or Disney.
Ah OK I missed the "MA" part. Just get it on your preferred device. Apple TV is no longer tied exclusively to Apple devices now. (Thank goodness)
 

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Ah OK I missed the "MA" part. Just get it on your preferred device. Apple TV is no longer tied exclusively to Apple devices now. (Thank goodness)
It still kind of is though. Android mobile browser is kind of meh though by the time if I ever get an Android I would hope theirs an app by then. I got it on iTunes because it’s in 4K ( which I just noticed) so if I ever get a 4K tv I have it.
 

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I think iTunes is a prison. I've purchased a handful of movies over the years (out of laziness) and I refuse to ever purchase one again on that platform.

It has some good points (movies stored indefinitely on Apple servers and good quality) but the entrapment in the iTunes prison is intolerable to me. Also they're really expensive. Top price.
I can understand this sentiment. However is there are similar service you feel is better and if so which is it and why? I find them all to be similar and where one is better in one regardless its worse in another.
 
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You mean Vudu not Vimeo, right? The former being the movie/TV show streaming platform, the latter being a user content sourced video service (like YT).

@Closingracer

OOC, what's the movie?
No, Vimeo. We don't have Vudu here in the UK, i believe that's just in the US.
Vimeo is also a store / VOD service for independent film, sports film, smaller film houses etc.
 
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No, Vimeo. We don't have Vudu here in the UK, i believe that's just in the US.
Vimeo is also a store / VOD service for independent film, sports film, smaller film houses etc.
But the question was Which is better? iTunes or Vudu?
You gave quite a detailed reply but I’m not so sure being told about Vimeo has been of much help.
 
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No, Vimeo. We don't have Vudu here in the UK, i believe that's just in the US.
Vimeo is also a store / VOD service for independent film, sports film, smaller film houses etc.
Oh groovy, I was wondering if it was something like that.

Vudu is pretty nice (available on all major platforms, solid PQ, etc.), I score good code deals, do some disc-to-digital via Vudu. My Vudu account, Google Play, Amazon and iTunes are all hooked together via Movies Anywhere, about 90% of my stuff ports across every platform, but occasionally, we have to go hunting for a title :D
 

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Personally I wouldn't buy movies from Vudu that aren't Movies Anywhere-eligible, because I don't trust that Vudu will be around for the long term. Compared to Apple and Amazon, they are a tiny player (single-digit market share) in the electronic sell-through business, with very little brand recognition. I don't see how they will survive the coming "streaming wars". They were the leading Ultraviolet store, but Ultraviolet died. There are rumors that Walmart is considering to sell them or reposition them as an ad-supported streaming service. Also, they don't allow downloading movie files that can be copied around between devices or streamed over the local network like iTunes downloads.
 

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Personally I wouldn't buy movies from Vudu that aren't Movies Anywhere-eligible, because I don't trust that Vudu will be around for the long term.
Agree. Movies Anywhere is a Disney product supported by most studios, (excepting Paramount and Lionsgate) so it would always be my first choice for redemptions. I am continually surprised about where my movies become available - from Amazon Prime, Xfinity. If MA is not available then I would go with iTunes. Apple has a long history with movies, and video is clearly a major part of their movement into services. Not the same thing with Walmart's Vudu.
 
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@BODYBUILDERPAUL

You mean Vudu not Vimeo, right? The former being the movie/TV show streaming platform, the latter being a user content sourced video service (like YT).

@Closingracer

OOC, what's the movie?
Go back to China. FYI I saw it Thursday and I loved it but I have a biased opinion since I love Anna Akana and watch anything she does so take it how you will lol.
 

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PS You have an iPhone 11 Pro - the best phone on the market, an iPad Pro - the best tablet o the market and 15" MacBook Pro - the BEST laptop / creation device on the market why on earth are you even thinking about an Android thing???

Nobody talks about a three year old Samsung Galaxy S6/7 whereas the three year old iPhone for example will still perform very well AND hold its resale value very well.
You'll find that in a few months that the iPhone 12 Pro will yet again be the ultimate portable device yet again :)
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No, Vimeo. We don't have Vudu here in the UK, i believe that's just in the US.
Vimeo is also a store / VOD service for independent film, sports film, smaller film houses etc.
I’ll buy whatever device I want sorry but I don’t need your opinion. Always good to keep your options open.
 

Closingracer

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Agree. Movies Anywhere is a Disney product supported by most studios, (excepting Paramount and Lionsgate) so it would always be my first choice for redemptions. I am continually surprised about where my movies become available - from Amazon Prime, Xfinity. If MA is not available then I would go with iTunes. Apple has a long history with movies, and video is clearly a major part of their movement into services. Not the same thing with Walmart's Vudu.
At this point I would say the same with Vudu. Vudu is the only place to get 4K digital copies of Disney movies as well.
 

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Is there really a noticeable difference on the iPhone small screen between 4K and non-4K ?

It may be just me but SD video quality looks almost as good as HD on a small iPhone screen.
 

HDFan

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At this point I would say the same with Vudu.
The same what? My comments are about the corporate owners of the services and which ones are likely to survive over the long run. Walmart (Vudu) is the most likely of the 3 to drop or sell the service as it is just an add-in product for them and not a core product. Probably won't happen, but it is a risk.
 

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Is there really a noticeable difference on the iPhone small screen between 4K and non-4K ?

It may be just me but SD video quality looks almost as good as HD on a small iPhone screen.
They don’t play back in 4K on an iPhone screen, it’s the HDR that makes the difference between that and regular HD.
 
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I have found that the Dolby Atmos sound on Vudu titles (Blade Runner 2049 for one) are significantly better than on iTunes. Fuller sound stage, crisper dialogue. Not sure why.
 

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Walmart has been trying to unload Vudu for sometime, which is not a good sign for its longevity. There aren't many companies that would benefit from buying Vudu.
 
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