Walmart’s obtained a Chromecast-like dongle for its Vudu video service
Walmart seems set to launch a brand new streaming HDMI dongle resembling Google’s Chromecast or Amazon’s Hearth TV Stick, however probably missing a few of the options of these units. Referred to as the Vudu Spark, it leaked from the FCC’s web site, replete with multi-angle pictures and a consumer guide. The doc exhibits the way to arrange the Spark together with your WiFi community, and that it will principally do one factor: offer you Vudu in your TV. That app is Walmart’s reply to Netflix, serving up streaming films and TV exhibits on demand.
The check studies present that it comes with a Zigbee-based mostly RF distant management, although it isn’t clear if it’s going to additionally help smartphone-based mostly management à la Google’s dongle. There’s additionally no signal of display mirroring or different superior options, which means it’d simply be a no-frills strategy to get the Vudu app onto a dumb TV, although we might should see the gadget to verify that. Anyway, in the event you do want these options plus Vudu, you possibly can simply purchase a Chromecast, in fact — the Vudu app’s been obtainable on it for fairly awhile. There is no phrase but from Walmart on pricing and availability.
- Key specs
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- Sort Audio / video participant
- Video providers YouTube
- Video outputs HDMI (1&#one hundred sixty;outputs, v1.four)
- WiFi 802.eleven b, g, n
- Dimensions 1.38 x 2.eighty three x zero.forty seven in
- Launched 2013-07-24