Want to stream movies or TV shows from online video service Vudu to your TV? You can use a Chromecast, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, or any number of smart TVs or set-top boxes from Samsung, LG, Vizio, and others.
Soon you’ll also be able to use something called the Vudu Spark. It’s a small HDMI stick that you can plug into a TV, and it looks a lot like Vudu’s answer to the Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick.
The Spark connects to your WiFi network over an 802.11b/g/n connection, and then loads a Vudu app and prompts you to create a Vudu account or login to your account on first boot. After that, it should jump straight to the Vudu app.
Pictures in the user manual show an on-screen keyboard, but it’s not clear if you’re supposed to enter your login information using some sort of remote control or if you’ll use a smartphone app to control the Vudu Spark. It’s also not clear if the Vudu Spark only streams content from Vudu or if you can also use it to run other third-party apps.
I can’t think of many reasons to choose the Spark over similar devices from Google, Amazon, Roku, or Matchstick if all it does is stream content from Vudu — you can already do that and much more on other devices. But for the right price (free with a subscription, perhaps), I suppose the Vudu Spark could appeal to… someone.