Walmart’s quietly launched Vudu Spark is the latest Chromecast competitor, a device that’s supposed to be about as big as Google’s streaming dongle, but even cheaper. However, it appears the stick might have more limited powers than the Chromecast also, as GigaOm reports.
The Vudu Spark is a $24.95 HDMI streaming stick that supports 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, video resolutions of up to 1080p and 7.1 surround sound. The stick comes with its own remote control, but it only appears to provide users access to Vudu content, meaning they’re not likely to run any other apps, or access content from other sources than Walmart’s store.
On the other hand, Vudu fans who’re already interested in this particular new piece of hardware should know that Walmart is throwing in up to $25 in Vudu credit ($5/per month for five months) for a limited time, with each Vudu Spark device activation.
The gadget started selling in about 2,400 Walmart stores in December, according to a spokesperson’s statement to the publication. Currently, the Vudu Spark should be available from Walmart.com and select Walmart locations.
More details about the Vudu Spark, and how it works, are available at the source link.