Vudu launches 12 Ultra HD titles for new Roku 4 owners, broader rollout expected soon

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Roku and Vudu are teaming up to give new Roku 4 owners an enhanced 4K viewing experience. Vudu announced today that is now offering 12 4K UHD films exclusively through its Roku 4 channel. Roku started shipping its latest media player today, so movie buffs can start watching as soon as they get their hands on the device.

Vudu, which recently upgraded its Android app for 1080p viewing, has been making video quality a priority. Today’s announcement is what the company calls “the first step in Vudu’s ultra high-definition experience,” also known as “Vudu UHD.” Though the films are currently exclusive to Roku 4, the company has plans to make them available on additional 4K-enabled devices over the coming months.

Vudu’s dozen 4K movies target various demographics and encompass a range of genres, but action flicks are especially prominent. The list includes San AndreasMan of Steel, both of the recent Sherlock Holmes movies, Magic Mike XXL, The Lego Movie, and more (full list and pricing below). To rent or buy them, users can now find them through the Vudu channel on Roku 4 devices. You’ll have to have 4K television to enjoy the enhanced viewing experience, and if your speakers are up to snuff, you’ll get improved sound as well.

Roku 4’s timing nearly matches that of Apple. (The company’s CEO, Tim Cook, announced Monday that the fourth generation Apple TV will be on sale on Oct. 26.) Yet though their timing is similar, each device has characteristics the other doesn’t. For Roku 4, 4K is one of them. In addition to Ultra HD, Roku’s improved device now features an altered design, a remote finder, universal voice search, and more.

With 4K UHD gaining momentum, Vudu’s growing library of 4K movie titles are a nice addition to what’s already available on Amazon, Netflix, and Ultra Flix.

Here’s the full list of titles with pricing:

  • Man of Steel                 Own: 24.99         Rent: 9.99
  • The Lego Movie           Own: 24.99         Rent: currently not in rental window
  • Into the Storm              Own: 24.99         Rent: currently not in rental window
  • Sherlock Holmes          Own: 24.99         Rent: 9.99
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows  Own: 24.99         Rent: 9.99
  • The Great Gatsby         Own: 24.99         Rent: 9.99
  • San Andreas                  Own: 29.99         Rent: 9.99
  • Magic Mike XXL            Own: 29.99         Rent: 9.99
  • Jupiter Ascending         Own: 24.99         Rent: currently not in rental window
  • Focus                            Own: 29.99         Rent: currently not in rental window
  • Run All Night               Own: 29.99         Rent: 9.99
  • Edge of Tomorrow   Own: 24.99         Rent: currently not in rental window
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