Rdio takes on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu Plus with new Vdio service


As if we needed another entry in the video on demand space, Rdio has tossed their name in the ring. A new service, Vdio, is being previewed which lets users buy, rent, and share movies and television.

We’re introducing the notion of Sets ­— playlists for TV shows and movies — so anyone can make and share lists of their favorites, making it easier than ever to discover new stuff. Or, you can just check out what your friends are watching in the moment and jump in.

Reading through the announcement, we see plenty of familiar and noteworthy titles. Indeed, there are references to The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty, and more.

As of today, Vdio is only available to Rdio Unlimited subscribers in the US and UK. As an incentive, Rdio is giving all Rdio Unlimited subscribers a $25 credit to use on Vdio. In the event you were not already an Rdio Unlimited user, you can take advantage of the deal as long as you sign up in the next 60 days.

The only real drawback, as we see it today, is that there is no Android app to download yet. So why bother sharing the news with you guys? We’re huge fans of Rdio and fully expect to see the Vdio client before long. In the meanwhile, we recommend checking out Rdio on Android and using the Vdio website.

In addition to smartphones and mobile gadgets, Scott has a deep appreciation for film, music, and sunflower seeds. A husband and father, he likes spending down time riding his mountain bike or binge-watching TV. Scott has overseen the day-to-day activities of AndroidGuys since 2007.