From the moment we heard about this online video service, it had us under its spell. The company needed a blockbuster name to capture the magic of this new way to watch: streaming video. Enabling users to instantly stream an enormous library of movies and television shows at home or on the go, Vudu ushered in a new type of at-home entertainment and the era of cord-cutting.

 

Vudu became the first on-demand service to offer HD movies for download, in 2009. The company was then acquired by Walmart, after the behemoth failed to master the streaming space with its own offering. In 2020, NBCUniversal subsidiary Fandango purchased the brand, which now offers more than 10,000 free movies and TV episodes to more than 100 million customers. With a whole lot of tech know-how, and a little bit of pixie dust, Vudu has charmed users and wholly reshaped how we view the at-home cinematic experience, making it little short of … well, voodoo.