Plex Streaming Service Adds Digital Movie Rentals

Streaming media company Plex has launched movie rentals in the United States, offering what the company bills as the first-and-only streaming platform to offer rentals, free ad-supported movies, TV shows, and live TV together, combined with the ability to find and add to a universal watchlist any title, no matter which streaming service it lives on.

Rental prices start at $3.99, with new movies added to the rental library daily. Consumers can also add the selection to their Plex Watchlist on Plex for when they’re ready to watch or when it becomes available.

Plex has partnered with top studios to bring movies to the platform, including everything from award-lauded films (Barbie, Wonka) to blockbusters such as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning and Expend4bles to indie films, including Priscilla, Ferrari and Dream Scenario.

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“With today’s availability of amazing titles like Barbie and The Color Purple, we are now offering consumers even more choices and movie selections all in one place,” Keith Valory, Plex’s CEO, said in a statement. “Our goal has always been to bring consumers a less chaotic and more fun experience when they sit down together to watch a movie or show. Let’s face it: people don’t know what to watch and, worse yet, where to watch it. We started last year by creating a single window into all streaming services so people can easily find what to watch, no matter where it is. With the addition of rentals, we are staying focused on our goal to be the first place people go to find any streaming movie and show, watch them, rate them, talk about them, and recommend them to friends and family.”

To rent a movie on Plex, consumers can browse Plex’s new movie library to find a rental on platforms including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV/Google TV and Roku, as well as smart TVs, including LG, Hisense, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, plus Apple and Android phones and tablets, game consoles, and more.

Once consumers have rented a movie, they can play it on any supported Plex player app, and it will appear in “Continue Watching” on the app home screen. If a consumer’s smart TV or device is not supported, they can use the Plex app on their phone, tablet, or computer, and once they’ve rented the movie, they can watch it anywhere they’ve installed Plex — even on devices that don’t allow direct rentals on their platform.

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Tops Vudu Chart for Third Week

Universal’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish again topped the chart of the 10 most-popular films on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended Jan. 22.

Available for premium digital rental and purchase, the DreamWorks animated film is a sequel to Puss in Boots and the sixth installment in the “Shrek” franchise. It follows the continuing adventures of the character Puss (voiced by Antonio Banderas).

Rising a spot to No. 2 on the chart was The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage. The Western, available for premium digital rental and purchase, follows a gunslinger-turned-family man (Cage) who teams up with his 12-year-old daughter to fight a gang who puts his family in danger.

Jumping seven spots to No. 3 on the chart was Warner Bros.’ superhero film Black Adam, available for digital purchase and newly available for digital rental. In the actioner based on the DC Comics, nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the ancient gods — and imprisoned just as quickly — Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.

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Paramount Pictures’ Devotion fell two spots to No. 4 on the chart. Available for digital purchase (and for streaming on Paramount+), the film chronicles the true story of two of the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen in the Korean War.

Falling a spot to No. 5 on the chart was Searchlight Pictures’ The Menu, which recently garnered Golden Globe nominations for Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor and Anya Taylor-Joy for Best Actress. Available for digital purchase and rental, the dark comedy thriller follows a group of diners confronted with horror at a secluded exclusive restaurant.

New to the chart for the week was There’s Something Wrong With the Children, a horror film starring Zachary Gilford and Alisha Wainwright.

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Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Jan. 22, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  2. The Old Way
  3. Black Adam
  4. Devotion
  5. The Menu
  6. Violent Night
  7. There’s Something Wrong With the Children
  8. The Fabelmans
  9. Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1
  10. Ticket to Paradise

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Clings to Top of Weekly Vudu Chart for Second Week

Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: No Way Home for the second week in a row clung to the top spot on the chart of the 10 most-popular titles on Fandango’s transactional digital service Vudu the week ended March 27.

The Marvel Studios film became available for digital purchase March 15. As the film begins, the friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his superhero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk, including MJ (Zendaya). When he enlists Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in the world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe.

The canine buddy comedy Dog remained at No. 2 on the chart. Available for premium digital rental, the MGM film follows an Army ranger (Channing Tatum, who also co-directs) who races down the Pacific Coast with an Army dog named Lulu to make it to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, they drive each other crazy.

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Illumination’s Sing 2 remained at No. 3 on the chart. The animated sequel, distributed by Universal Pictures, is available for digital purchase. It follows the animal singers as they plan a new show and try to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Callaway (voice of Bono), to join them. The film also features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton.

Rising to No. 4 from No. 5 on the chart was the supernatural horror thriller The Cursed. Set in the late 1800s, the film follows a man who arrives in a remote country village to investigate an attack by a wild animal but discovers a deeper and sinister force that has the manor and its townspeople in its grip. The film is available for premium digital purchase and rental.

Rising from No. 9 to No. 5 on the chart was Universal Pictures’ Liam Neeson actioner Blacklight, available for premium digital rental. The film follows a government operative with a shadowy past who discovers a plot targeting U.S. citizens and finds himself in the crosshairs of the FBI director he once protected.

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New to the chart was the 1972 Oscar Best Picture Winner The Godfather, remastered in 4K Ultra HD for its 50th Anniversary and debuting at No. 9.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended March 27, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home
  2. Dog
  3. Sing 2
  4. The Cursed
  5. Blacklight
  6. Scream (2022)
  7. Panama
  8. The Matrix Resurrections
  9. The Godfather
  10. Marry Me


Vudu, Olive Garden Offering ‘Dinner and a Movie to Go’ Gift Cards

Transactional digital service Vudu and Olive Garden are offering Dinner and a Movie to Go gift cards, with $25 toward home entertainment on Vudu and $25 towards Italian food to go from Olive Garden.

Dinner and a Movie to Go gift cards are currently available at Sam’s Club and H-E-B stores.

Vudu also has a line of digital gift cards, featuring characters from No Time to Die and Venom 2, available for a limited time here. Starting Nov. 24, consumers can get 20% off online gift card orders of $50 or more (excluding Dinner and a Movie to Go) through the end of the month.

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Also, during Thanksgiving week, Vudu is hosting a “Watch a Movie on Us” promotion. For this week only, consumers who spend $20 towards movies and TV shows on Vudu will get a Vudu movie rental (up to $8 in value). The offer ends Nov. 29.

Thanksgiving sales on movies and TV series seasons this week will include the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II (each for $9.99), plus discounts on recent hits such as Free Guy, The Suicide Squad, Wrath of Man, Black Widow, Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, Snake Eyes and bundles such as the “A Quiet Place” two-movie collection, the “Saw” nine-film collection and the complete series of TV’s “Friends,” with more discounts expected on Black Friday.

AMC Theatres On Demand Utilizing Whip Media Platform

Software platform and data provider Whip Media Aug. 25 announced that AMC Theatres is using Whip Media’s solution for its video on demand business, AMC Theatres On Demand.

AMC Theatres On Demand offers more than 5,000 movies from every major studio and independent film distributors, available for purchase or rent.

Using Whip Media’s platform, AMC Theatres manages the end-to-end process from content management to paying studios. Whip Media drives film selection, asset ordering, pricing and merchandising, and calculating license fees due to studios and device partners, according to the company.

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“Utilizing Whip Media’s platform, allows for more collaboration leading to greater efficiencies, thus allowing us to get more value from our content,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, VP of content strategy and inclusive programming at AMC Theatres. “The ability to automate our VOD supply chain, and seamlessly connect to our studios and content readiness partners, provides a huge advantage and ability to drive growth in our business.”

“AMC is a true innovator in the industry for providing a premier movie-watching experience to viewers in the theater or at home,” said Carol Hanley, president of Whip Media. “We’re thrilled to have partnered with AMC to power AMC Theatres on Demand for their millions of customers and provide an infrastructure that is efficient and scalable.”

Fandango Unites TVOD Services FandangoNow and Vudu Under Vudu

Fandango has officially announced the combination of its two transactional movie and TV content services Vudu and FandangoNow under Vudu.

The newly updated Vudu replaces FandangoNow as the official movie and TV store on Roku. (Vudu uses Roku Pay.)

The new Vudu service will offer more than 200,000 new-release and catalog movies and TV shows to rent or buy digitally, including the largest collection of 4K Ultra HD titles and thousands of titles to watch for free with no subscription required, according to the Fandango press release.

Vudu, which was acquired by Fandango in 2020, is available in more than 75 million U.S. TV-connected device households, according to The NPD Group. The service has more than 60 million registered users and serves millions of consumers daily across smart TVs, connected devices, mobile and online, according to the release.

“At Fandango, we’ve been building a digital network that super-serves tens of millions of fans across the entire entertainment lifecycle, from movie and TV discovery with Rotten Tomatoes, to our three theatrical ticketing apps and now an even larger scale Vudu on-demand streaming destination,” Fandango president Paul Yanover said in a statement. “During a time where consumers have a myriad of viewing options, we’re proud to deliver a service that presents an unparalleled library of content, many titles that are not available on subscription services, and the flexibility to pay as you go.”

“Consumer excitement for premium video on-demand has grown significantly as users turn to streaming to access the latest movies and TV show releases,” Tedd Cittadine, VP of content partnerships at Roku, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership with Fandango as we build a future where all TV will be streamed by creating a seamless experience for users to discover and enjoy premium video-on-demand releases.”

Vudu delivers multiple 4K Ultra HD audio-visual experiences, including premium formats such as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision and is available on Samsung, LG and Vizio Smart TVs; the Roku platform; Amazon Fire TV; Apple TV; Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex; PlayStation; Xbox; TiVo; and more. Other benefits include personalized deals with “Mix & Match” bundles; family-friendly features such as “Kids Mode”; tools to manage digital collections, such as list-building; and the ability to transfer physical discs to digital.

“By bringing its two services together on Vudu, Fandango will be able to rapidly innovate and make bolder, faster enhancements to benefit consumers and partners, especially important during an ever-changing media landscape,” read the press release. “Vudu’s size, reach and breadth of content, paired with Fandango’s scale in theatrical ticketing, will provide even more opportunities for studios, brands and marketers to reach a massive high value entertainment audience.”

Starting now, FandangoNow customers can transfer their accounts and movie and TV collections to Vudu. Access to their libraries will thereafter be provided through Vudu. The Movie Store and TV Store on Roku devices will automatically update from FandangoNow to the new Vudu.

Vudu, as was FandangoNow, is part of the Movies Anywhere cloud-based library service.

Vudu Bows List of Top NYC Movies as ‘In the Heights’ Debuts

Fandango’s Vudu streaming service has created a list of the best New York City movies ever made, ranked on Rotten Tomatoes.

The list celebrates movies in which the five boroughs play a role, in honor of this week’s theatrical release of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights, which offers a tour of Manhattan’s Washington Heights community and ranks as Fandango’s top ticket-seller for the weekend.

The Vudu collection of top NYC Movies includes comedies, dramas, horror flicks, monster movies and musicals.

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“There’s something about New York City that’s incredibly cinematic, and it’s not a coincidence that many of the most popular movies of all time, from The Godfather to Goodfellas to Do the Right Thing to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, are set in the five boroughs,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said in a statement. “With this week’s release of In the Heights, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the best of the Big Apple on the big screen.”

To compile the films in the editorial guide, Rotten Tomatoes gathered an extensive list of movies set in and about New York, and then ranked them by their adjusted Tomatometer, a formula that takes into account their Tomatometer scores but also number of reviews, year of release, and more, to make comparing movies from different eras fairer. The top 212 selections made the cut, with the “212” number chosen because it was the first area code assigned to New York City in 1947.

‘Antebellum’ Tops Vudu, FandangoNow Charts

The premium VOD release Antebellum led both the Vudu and FandangoNow charts for the week ended Sept. 20.

Both are transactional video-on-demand services owned by Fandango.

From Lionsgate and QC Entertainment — the producer of Get Out and Us Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe in a thriller about a successful author who finds herself trapped on a 19th century slave plantation.

Another Lionsgate title, The Secret: Dare to Dream, which became available for digital sale Sept. 15 after a PVOD run, took the No. 2 spot on the Vudu chart and landed at No. 3 on the FandangoNow chart. The dramatic romance stars Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas and is based on the best-selling book The Secret.

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Meanwhile, Bill & Ted Face the Music, the third installment in the iconic comedy series starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, took the bronze on the Vudu chart and the silver on the FandangoNow chart after remaining at No. 1 on both for three consecutive weeks.

Vudu’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  3. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  4. Cats and Dogs 3: Paws Unite
  5. Alone
  6. The Tax Collector
  7. Trolls World Tour
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Owners
  10. The Silencing

FandangoNow’s top 10 titles for the week ended Sept. 20, in terms of revenue, were:

  1. Antebellum
  2. Bill & Ted Face the Music
  3. The Secret: Dare to Dream
  4. Alone
  5. The Tax Collector
  6. The King of Staten Island
  7. Fatima
  8. Blackbird
  9. Trolls World Tour
  10. The Grizzlies

AFI and Universal Launch ‘Black Stories Matter’ Compaign Offering Free Digital Movie Rentals

The American Film Institute (AFI) and Universal Pictures have launched a week-long AFI Movie Club event called “Black Stories Matter,” spotlighting narratives from celebrated black films.

Born from a recent AFI/Universal collaboration honoring Do the Right Thing and Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee, the expanded partnership will pay tribute to BlacKkKlansman, Get Out, Girls Trip, Loving and Straight Outta Compton with free digital movie rentals.

Each of the Universal films will be available to rent for free on Amazon, Apple, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Dish, FandangoNow, Redbox, Verizon and Vudu, among others, beginning Aug. 24 through Aug. 30.

Enhanced AFI Movie Club content will feature new interviews with composer Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansman), Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip), cinematographer and AFI Alum Matthew Libatique (Straight Outta Compton), Ruth Negga (Loving), writer Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), Ron Stallworth (BlacKkKlansman) and more.

“For decades, Universal has supported thought-provoking stories and powerful perspectives that have served to enlighten, enrich and entertain,” Donna Langley, chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, and AFI Trustee, said in a statement. “Through this partnership with AFI, we are proud to further shine a light on these distinctly important works that continue to so poignantly amplify today’s conversation.”

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AFI Movie Club will highlight each day’s film with a conversation between film critic Shawn Edwards and filmmakers and talent involved with the films; “Behind the Scene” featurettes about a specific scene examined by an artist from the film; and exclusive clips sourced from AFI’s archive of Master Class Seminars, as well as curated trivia researched from the AFI Catalog of Feature Films.

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“The mission of AFI and the AFI Movie Club has always been to educate and inspire audiences — and to drive culture forward,” Bob Gazzale, president and CEO of the American Film Institute, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Universal and to further the conversation about stories that are culturally and nationally significant.”

The moderated conversations, featurettes and exclusive AFI Archive material will be available on and the AFI YouTube channel at

Launched on March 31 with the goal to show audiences a world of art above anxiety, AFI Movie Club has announced a classic film a day as a way of connecting audiences with “movies to watch together when we’re apart,” according to the AFI. The first title was The Wizard of Oz and was announced via special video introduction by Steven Spielberg. Since then, special guests introducing daily titles have included J.J. Abrams, Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jack Black, Kenneth Branagh, Millie Bobby Brown, Hanelle Culpepper, Robert De Niro, Benicio del Toro, Lena Dunham, Cynthia Erivo, Carl Franklin, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Hugh Grant, Taylor Hackford, Jon Hamm, Asher Jelinsky, Eva Longoria, Leonard Maltin, Helen Mirren, Demi Moore, LaToya Morgan, Elisabeth Moss, Mira Nair, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Issa Rae, Eddie Redmayne, Emma Roberts, Sarah Silverman, Alicia Silverstone, Sharon Stone, Emma Thompson and Kerry Washington.