Walmart eyes sale of Vudu streaming service to NBCUniversal: Report

On-demand rental service could complement Peacock

NBCUniversal is in talks to buy on-demand video streaming service Vudu from Walmart Inc., The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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Vudu customers can buy or rent movies and shows. It also has a free ad-supported service. Its apps are installed on more than 100 million devices in the U.S., according to the report.

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Walmart bought Vudu for $100 million in 2010, according to the report. Financial terms of a possible NBCU purchase of the service weren’t reported.

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NBCU is preparing to launch its new streaming service, Peacock, which will be priced at $4.99 per month or $9.99 per month without ads.

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NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service is a nod to the media company's peacock logo. (NBCUniversal)

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Vudu’s service would complement Peacock and NBCU’s movie ticket and rental business, Fandango Media, people familiar with the talks told the Journal. Vudu’s movie-rental business is reportedly seven times the size of Fandango’s by revenue.

Walmart was reported to be shopping Vudu around last fall.

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