Vudu is making itself available on the iPad, a move that will help the streaming-video service expand distribution and keep pace with market leader Netflix, reports “CNET” (

Vudu said in a joint statement with parent company Wal-Mart Stores that iPad owners can access Vudu through their browsers. Through the new feature, iPad owners can rent or purchase one of Vudu’s 20,000 movies and TV shows. Renting or purchasing Vudu’s videos via the iPad works the same as it does on a computer and the prices are the same.

One problem with Vudu, as with Netflix and all streaming-video services, is that you can’t watch if you can’t connect to the Web, notes “CNET.” Another issue is that Vudu hasn’t secured licenses to offer Disney films on the iPad.