\r\n\r\nLooks like Netflix has more competition as VUDU emerges as an up-and-coming player in the movie rental biz. Both offer instant streaming movies, but Netflix requires a membership while VUDU is more of on-demand service. Both have loads of titles and releases, but which one is best for you? Read on to find out!\r\nBackground\r\nNetflix has become the No. 1 provider of on-demand Internet streaming media and DVD-by-mail rental programs. Membership for Netflix includes either a DVD-by-mail rental program or unlimited streaming, with the option to have both for a higher membership fee. VUDU only provides an Internet streaming media option that features on-demand service so you only pay for what you watch, making it a video-on-demand program.\r\nUser Friendly\r\nNetflix members will find that it\u2019s quite easy to rent DVDs by mail or watch streaming movies, TV shows and more. Once you sign up online, whenever you want a movie, you go online and search for the movie title\/show name and begin watching (that is if you have streaming membership). Those who have only DVD rentals choose their \u201cwish list\u201d and then get movies mailed to them. With no due dates, users can keep movies as long as they want before returning and starting all over again with their next desired movie.\r\n\r\nWith VUDU, you get to stream directly to your VUDU-friendly device any time you\u2019d like to watch movies. Just connect your HDTV, Blu-ray player, computer, or PlayStation 3\/Xbox360 to the Internet and select VUDU as an option. Sign up for a free account and then browse through their selection of titles and then watch. You only pay per movie since it\u2019s on-demand based.\r\n\r\nWinner: Tie since both are fairly easy to use. All you need is the Internet and you\u2019re on your way to movie enjoyment!\r\nCompatible Devices\r\nNetflix offers quite a wide variety of compatible devices users can choose from. Its streaming service is available on devices, including: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, iOS devices, some Android-based phones and tablets, the Windows phone, a few Internet-connected Blu-ray players and even some Internet-connected HTDTVs, TiVo or Roku, D-Link, home theater systems form the likes of Panasonic, LG, Sony, Samsung and Insignia. A great perk is that you can easily connect multiple devices to one account and then jump from device to device, while still leaving off at the same point you did on the last device.\r\n\r\nVUDU also has a bunch of devices where its services will work, such as PS3, Xbox 360 (it requires an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, though), computers (PS and MAC) and even Apple\u2019s iPad.\u00a0 VUDU also asserts that it\u2019s \u201cavailable on virtually every Internet-connected Blu-ray player and HDTV on the market.\u201d\r\n\r\nWinner: Netflix, obviously, offer more compatible devices so it\u2019s a no brainer here!\r\nTitles\r\nEverybody knows that Netflix has quite the assortment of titles in its service. With more than 100,000 movies and TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray (even unrated and NC-17 ones) and \u201ctens of thousands\u201d of titles available for streaming (both TV and movies, along with many HD options), users can find old favorites and discover new ones.\u00a0 VUDU users have access to 20,000 titles (and growing), including titles the same day they hit DVD. VUDU also claims it has the \u201cmost HD titles on demand\u201d with more being added weekly. Their biggest claim to fame against Netflix is that they offer titles faster than Netflix would, stating that it takes Netflix 28 days later to have a new release on DVD and up to seven years for it to hit its streaming service.\r\n\r\nWinner: VUDU wins here since it offers new releases a lot faster than Netflix.\r\nMembership Perks\r\nVUDU was bought by Walmart back in July and this provided a huge step for the company as it launched VUDU streaming directly on Walmart.com for instant viewing. VUDU also offers a $5 credit for newcomers and offers HDX quality that makes viewing just like it is in the movie theater, featuring 1080p True Digital video and rich Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound.\u00a0Users can now also use the website of America\u2019s largest retailer as yet another outlet. Netflix allows for a month\u2019s free trial so that new users can test out the service.\r\n\r\nWinner: Since Netflix offers unlimited streaming along with DVD rentals, there is a bit more bang for buck, and wins here.\r\nContent\r\nNetflix\u2019s ability to land some big deals with movie companies has afforded them a wide assortment of content, from TV shows to movies. Since they\u2019ve landed some pretty good content deals, users will find a great selection of TV shows from the likes of CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC and BBC libraries. Deals with Sony, NBC Universal and DreamWorks Animation (which is exclusive, but doesn\u2019t start until 2013) also provide a large variety of content. But VUDU also scored some major content deals, too! They\u2019ve been able to establish content licensing contracts with all major movie studios, as well as more than 50 smaller and indie studios, and that means a large library that might not be as large as Netflix, but is definitely on its way there.\r\n\r\nWinner: Netflix steals it here by having a wide assortment of TV shows and older movies that can\u2019t be so easily found nowadays.\r\nSpeed of Service\r\nVUDU\u2019s minimum speed requirements for its services is: 480p: 1 Mbps for SD; 720p: 2.25 Mbs for HD; and 1080p: 4.5 Mbps for HDX. Netflix recommends that its users have a minimum speed of 500 kbps (0.5 MB) to get maximum results for its service.\r\n\r\nWinner: Tie\r\nQuality\r\nVUDU offers movies in HDX, which delivers the highest quality true High Definition 1080p content available from any Internet, broadcast or satellite on-demand service. It also provides rich Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound and offers many HD titles. Netflix also has HD movies and is capable of streaming 1080p video.\r\n\r\nWinner: VUDU\u2019s had the edge with its HDX and 7.1-channel surround.\r\nLimitations\r\nNetflix users saw a price hike for using both streaming and DVD-by-mail rentals, which many might consider a limitation. Since VUDU\u2019s services are on a per-movie basis, you can easily rack up a high tab if you go movie crazy.\r\n\r\nWinner: Netflix has less limitations for the money; they just offer more.\r\nPrice\r\nNetflix charges $7.99 for unlimited streaming movies OR unlimited one-disc at a time rental service ($11.99 for 2 unlimited). For those that want both, they\u2019ll have to dish out $15.98 a month. Netflix also offers Blu-ray discs for an additional $2 a month. Unlike Netflix, VUDU is s available without a monthly subscription or contract with some movies available to rent for just $2 for 2 nights. But some movies can cost up to $5 a pop (HDX is the most expensive option, but usually it\u2019s SD for $3.99 and HD for $4.99). You can also opt to purchase the video and this various per movie.\r\n\r\nWinner: Netflix\u2019s monthly charge doesn\u2019t look so bad compared to VUDU\u2019s per-movie charge.\r\nOverall Winner\r\n\r\n\r\nNetflix wins! VUDU might be quickly crouching on Netflix\u2019s tail, but it still hasn\u2019t overtaken the popular movie rental service. Its low monthly fee and numerous titles proves it can\u2019t be beat!