Walmart’s new Vudu app for Apple TV has landed

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Vudu has 4,000 movies for free, and access to your UltraViolet library.
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Walmart’s new Vudu app for Apple TV is now available to download from the tvOS App Store.

It provides access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows, and lets you stream your UltraViolet Blu-rays at no extra cost — providing they’re in the Vudu library. But it comes with some annoying limitations.

Walmart confirmed it was bringing Vudu to Apple TV back in June, shortly after Apple confirmed that Amazon Prime Video was coming to the tvOS platform. It was already available on 179 systems and devices, including anything powered by iOS.

Now the app has landed with access to Vudu’s complete catalog of content, including any Blu-ray movies you have added to your UltraViolet locker. You can even link your Disney Movies Anywhere account to enjoy the movies you have stored there, too.

If you want to buy or rent new movies or TV shows, however, you’ll have to turn to a web browser.

Like the Vudu app on iOS, the option to make purchases isn’t available. Presumably, that’s because Walmart doesn’t want to take advantage of Apple’s distribution services, which come at a cost of 30 percent of every penny earned.

Despite this restriction, the Vudu app for tvOS is a must-have if you’re an existing user. It offers 4,000 movies for free, and gives you the ability to share your UltraViolet content with up to five friends at no extra cost.

If you’re a new user, you can sign up for a free trial of the service before handing over any cash. You’ll find the Vudu app for tvOS in the App Store now.