Vudu has pro's and con's and for me personally.. it's nearly a tie.
1. Vudu is Walmart's baby and Walmart isn't going to go out of business in our lifetime, and they're not ones to invest 100 million into something only to give up on it. They'd sooner sacrifice their employees to their lord and savor, the great Lucifer.
2. I can watch an entire season of a show without having to get up once to change discs.
3. All of their shows and films have auto resume, and a chapter selection menu, which gives it a huge advantage over just ripping a bd to mkv, especially since all the Sony players I've tried, if you stop an MKV half way through, you're starting over at the beginning when you turn the player back on.
4. Not sure if I can mention the 4th pro because even though Ebay and Paypal seem to allow it, I'm not sure if it's legit. It should be since they usually won't allow their services to be used for anything that violates copyright or is illegal, but they may have just gotten lazy.
5. Target Tickets which is relatively new, their shows they sell can only be watched on their service, which still does not have an app on my BD player, not sure about other companies like Phillips or Samsung. But most of the movies are UV, so they link up on my UV account, which is linked to my Vudu account. So if Vudu is charging too much for a movie, or doesn't have a movie, for example right now they're not selling Aliens, I can get it at Target Tickets. Or is it Target Ticket?
1. I imagine it is the studio that makes the call but more often than not, Vudu and the others only get the theatrical cuts of films. I got the Vudu code for T2 when I got the Steelbox edition of the film a few weeks ago, and while the steelbox edition comes with the Skynet edition of the film which includes the special edition of the film, the vudu code only unlocks the copy of T2 Vudu has available which is the theatrical cut. And it really bounces around. Zombie's H2, the director's cut and theatrical cut are on Vudu for sale, but Zombie's Halloween, just the theatrical cut, and World War Z, if you want the extra gore, you better hop over to the store and get it on BD because Vudu just has the theatrical cut.
2. The audio is fine when watching stuff using the displays internal speakers, but if I go home theater, there's a noticeable difference. Thing is, I usually only go home theater when playing a concert and that brings me to con #4
3. Vudu as far as I can tell doesn't have very many concerts on their service, for example Metallica I believe has 3-4 concerts on blu ray now, and Vudu doesn't have any of them.
4. If I get sick of a film or show I buy on Vudu, I can request they remove it and they have no issue doing that, but I can't toss it up on ebay for 3.99 or 4.99 or for whatever the average blu ray goes for used on Ebay these days.
The only thing I won't go digital on would be comics and albums. I like album artwork, and I like owning the cd. To be fair, I've always been more into music than film or television, and I also like the flac's and mp3's I make using my cd's better than the ones Amazon and ITunes sell. And comics, I only read TWD and back issues of TWD skyrocket pretty fast. A few back issues saved my butt last year when my computer broke and I needed extra money. I can't do that with movies, if I tried to sell my copy if I Spit On Your Grave right now, I'd get 5 dollars if I was lucky. It costs more in gas to get to the post office.
As for those who don't like UV.. I get it. You're just like I am with music only with movies.
But hey, just email me those UV codes.. and in return.. I'll say thank you.