Get five free HD movies when you sign up for Vudu
Movie-streaming service Vudu is working overtime to attract new
customers. A few months back, I reported on the company's free DVD-to-digital conversion
that's still available, by the way), and now they're giving away
the store. Well, sort of.
For a limited time, you can get five free high-definition
movies when you sign up for a new Vudu account
. (Note to Google Chrome
users: I've never been able to get the Vudu site to display
properly in that browser. You may need to use Firefox, Internet
Explorer, or Safari if you want to take advantage of this
Specifically, the Vudu HDX Starter Pack gives new customers
five HDX-format movies. And what the heck is HDX? It's the best of
the three tiers of streaming quality offered by the service,
equivalent to 1080p and "twice the resolution of other Internet HD
video formats," according the Vudu.
You can sign up for the service using your Facebook account
(which is easiest, though you will have to grant the usual
permissions) or an e-mail address. You'll also need to set up (or
link to) an UltraViolet account (UltraViolet is kind of a companion
service used to manage movie purchases) and provide a credit card
Once you've finished all the setup stuff, you'll be able to
choose from around 30 movies. Don't expect any cinematic classics,
but there are some decent choices, including "The Italian Job,"
"There's Something About Mary," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,"
From there you can watch your movies on any supported device:
Android phone or tablet, game console, Roku box, iPhone or iPad,
some Blu-ray players and smart TVs, and so on. And if you decide
you're not feeling it with Vudu, you can cancel your account by
sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, what freebies will you be watching this weekend?Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
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