Janko Roettgers over at Gigaom.com is reporting that the VUDU Spark streaming stick is now available at many Walmart stores. The Spark costs just $24.95 and allows you to add the VUDU streaming service to your non-networkable TV, as long as it has an HDMI input and, preferably, a powered USB port.
Remember Walmart's very own HDMI streaming stick, which I spotted in the FCC's online database two months ago? Turns out Walmart already started selling it for just $24.95, and is now getting ready to make it more widely available.
Walmart's Vudu video streaming service just added a dedicated section for the Vudu Spark, as the streaming stick is called, to its website that includes lots of details about the device. Vudu's website states that the Spark is "available only at Walmart.com and select Walmart locations." I wasn't able to find it on Walmart's website just yet, but I would expect it to make an appearance shortly. A Walmart spokesperson told me that the company actually started selling it "in about 2400 Walmart stores" last month already.
Here are a few more details about the Spark, straight from Vudu.com: It's an HDMI streaming stick that is controlled with a dedicated remote control and powered via USB. It looks like Walmart is only putting a USB cable but no power adapter in the box, so Spark owners will either have to use their TV's USB port to power the device, or supply their own adapter. Connectivity is provided via 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, and it supports video resolutions of up to 1080p, and 7.1 surround sound.
To read the complete Gigaom story, click here.