All the major content companies have a streaming device. Some of the better known devices are Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, Apple TV and of course the one that started the streaming trend, Ruku. Do we really need another streaming media stick? Maybe depending of if its worth the investment. Walmart is great at cost cutting the competition while still maintaining great margins. They are on a quest to continue that winning formula with their new streaming stick called the Vudu Spark.

The Vudu Spark is only $25. That’s a lot cheaper than everyone else’s stick. You may ask yourself what is the catch? I’m glad you asked. The Spark only works for Vudu purchases and rentals. That that means you won’t be able to enjoy other services like HBOgo, Hulu, Netflix or any other online video service for that matter. If you are a Vudu fan that is fine by you. Most people will need more incentive to buy the Spark. To that end, Walmart is offering new and existing customers up to $25 in Vudu credits for activating the stick.

The Vudu Spark has a dedicated remote control. The HDMI stick is powered via USB. Walmart is not including a power adapter in the box, so if your TV’s USB port does not do power you’re out of luck. The Vudu Spark works on 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. The Vudu Spark does full 1080p and supports 7.1 surround sound.

Pro: It cost $10 less than Chromecast. $25 in Vudu credits for activating the Spark.

Con: It’s a single-purpose streaming stick that only supports Vudu.

Cost: $25

Aye/Nay: This is a Nay. Until the device can support other services there is no good reason to buy it. Even at $25 it’s not worth it. Just spend the extra $10 for a Chromecast.

Where: Vudu Sparks

By Rubens Saintel

Proud father, #Haitian, photographer, consultant, writer & entrepreneur. I love video games, movies, plays, technology (surprise), beta testing apps and all things sci-fi. | |