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VUDU Launches In-Browser Movie Streaming

Posted in movies by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2011

VUDU has announced that it will be starting a new movie streaming service from their website that will allow users to watch content directly from their browsers without requiring a VUDU set-top box, DVD player or VUDU enabled device. This should get the company more customers.

To use the new VUDU streaming service all you have to do is visit vudu.com, check out the selection available and purchase. Then you can start watching immediately. This will help VUDU compete with Netflix and Amazon, who both already have web browser streaming. The service will have the same titles found on the VUDU digital storefront but the quality of the video will be lower through web browsers.

Vudu drops some rentals to $2 to fight Apple, Netflix

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on October 18th, 2010

Vudu just has started an aggressive campaign to corner the movie rental space through its pricing strategy – lowering the price to below average. What this means to you is just $2 for around 4,000 “top films” in the company’s Movies On Sale section, where you have 48 hours to finish watching once playback begins.

The deal is good until the end of 2010. Lower prices should apply both to those who still use a Vudu Box as well as the TVs and Blu-ray players that have streaming support, like those from LG, Samsung and Vizio.

VUDU does Facebook and Twitter integration

Posted in VUDU by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2010

The VUDU update this week will be of interest to those of you who like social networking sites. VUDU will now update your Facebook or Twitter status with your impressions of the movie you’re watching. Your friends with VUDU will also be able to see those updates and join in on the fun by watching the same movie.

It’s a cool way to promote and discover content, but we aren’t sure if it will catch on. The way Boxee does it might make more sense.

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Wal-Mart is buying Vudu movie service

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on February 22nd, 2010

According to the New York Times, Wal-Mart will acquire Vudu, the online movie service. Looks like it will be a good match since Wal-Mart sells a boat-load of DVDs. Vudu gives them an easy way into the streaming market without having to build something from the ground up.

For Vudu it’s good as well. They’ve never been profitable, despite having their players embedded in increasing numbers of TVs which may have turned that around eventually. Walmart should make it easy to build on that momentum.

Vudu integrates Wikipedia

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2009

Vudu integrates WikipediaVudu just announced the integration of Wikipedia into its service, featuring information about movies, actors and other info. You’ll be able to read articles and follow links, just like on Wikipedia.com. Vudu is also adding their own links to Vudu information like for instance the filmography of an actor/actress. Seems like a great way to learn more about the content you are watching and to find related content as well.

The company has been able to do steady upgrades thanks to the user-interface being generated on Vudu’s remote servers and they’ve managed to provide a consistent experience across many devices. That’s really saying something.

VUDU brings Pandora, Picasa and Flickr to connected HDTVs, more apps coming soon

Posted in VUDU by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2009

VUDU brings Pandora, Picasa and Flickr to connected HDTVs, more apps coming soonWait. I thought HDTVs were all about watching actual TV. Well, VUDU thinks it’s all about apps and they may be right. VUDU has today made both Picasa and Flickr access possible through LG and Mitsubishi sets with integrated VUDU software.

Yes, this was already available to those of you relying on one of VUDU’s set-top boxes, but some of us like to have everything within the display itself. Pandora streaming is also available on VUDU-fied Mitsubishi panels, but LG has “requested that only free TV and games be available on their devices.”

Vudu shipping in Mitsubishi HDTVs

Posted in Mitsubishi by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2009

Vudu shipping in Mitsubishi HDTVsMitsubishi is now the second brand to include Vudu in their HDTVS after LG. Select Mitsubishi Diamond televisions to be exact. The LT-46249 and LT-52249 models feature an Ethernet port that connects to the Internet and the Vudu service. If you want to be wire free, there’s also a WIFI option.

The news makes us wonder who will be next to include Vudu in their sets. Time will tell. Vudu is on a real streak here. It was only back in July when we told you about LG including vudu in their LH50 Netcast HDTVs.

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VUDU integrates into LG’s LH50 NetCast HDTVs

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2009

LG LH55 series shipsVudu has announced that its service will be integrated in a number of LG televisions. Previously, Vudu had it’s own set top box to deliver the videos. It’s a smart move as this will make things cheaper for users being integrated in the TV and Vudu has to make less hardware.

The new VUDU also brings instant fast forward and rewind and instant start for all movie qualities, and there’s no monthly fee associated with the service. The following LG TVs will feature the new Vudu VOD service: 60PS80, 50PS80, 47LH50, 42LH50 (60, 50, 47 an 42 inches).

Mitsubishi TVs to come with free Vudu boxes

Posted in Mitsubishi by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2009

Mitsubishi TVs to come with free Vudu boxesWe’re used to seeing free DVD or Blu-ray players with an HDTV purchase, but Mitsubishi is trying a new approach. Beginning July 16th, authorized retailers will give you a free Vudu box and $50 service credit with every Mitsubishi TV.

The box is only a $150 value, but then again Vudu is the only player out there offering 1080p HDX video rentals right now, plus it supports Pandora, Flickr, YouTube and local streaming, so bundling the TV with the box is an easy way for Mitsubishi to jump into the connected TV market without having to work very hard.

VUDU cuts retail price of movie set-top-box in half

Posted in VUDU by Conner Flynn on February 9th, 2009

VUDU cuts retail price of movie set-top-box in halfMost of us thought that after Christmas those promotional prices would change, but instead of prices going back up on the Vudu set-top-box, the retail price is now permanently reduced by 50%. You can get a box for $149 (previously $299).

The VUDU XL is also down by half, dropping from $999 to $499, which includes a home theater connectivity software package. Even the VUDU XL2 is getting in on the action, dropping from $1,299 to $799. So, are you gonna buy one now?

Vudu joins the adult content world

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on August 5th, 2008

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Remember Vudu? That set top box striving to bring you lots and lots of video content over the Internet? You can now add porn to the list – welcome the AVN Media Network to the Vudu line up.

AVN said it is launching the AVN Adult Channel, which will offer “hundreds of the latest standard and high-definition titles from the leading adult studios including Wicked, Vivid, Hustler, and many others.” Though it plans to offer free access to the upcoming 2008 AVN Adult Movie Awards, you’ll have to otherwise pay for your porn to the tune of standard definition movies at around $7 rental/$20 purchase and HD movies at $9 rental/$30 purchase.

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Vudu goes wireless

Posted in VUDU by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2008

Vudu goes wireless
Most devices come with wireless capabilities, whereas the Vudu broadband video-on-demand box requires an Ethernet connection. As of today, that’s no longer the case as a wireless option is available for Vudu. The Vudu Wireless Kit is a pair of transceivers that creates an 802.11g wireless connection between the Vudu and your broadband router.

Those who already own Vudu can get the kit for $79. The other option, for new customers, is to buy the Vudu Wireless Kit bundle for a price of $349. It’s what many have been waiting for, but we’d like to see it at a slightly lower price.

Vudu updates software and increases content

Posted in Digital Video by Darrin Olson on February 3rd, 2008

Vudu gets more HD content and upgraded software to compete with Apple TVVudu is making some moves to keep in strong competition with the yet-to-be-released second version of AppleTV, this time offering a software update and more high-def content. This software update to version 1.2 comes not much more than a week after Vudu gave their system a 25 percent price cut bringing it down to $295 and closer to AppleTV’s $229. AppleTV had recently announced the “take 2″ version will add on features that will allow users to download video content to the appliance without the need of a computer in between, which is a feature that Vudu possessed and AppleTV did not.

The recent software upgrade for the Vudu video system brings some new features to improve user experiences with choosing videos to download. A new indicator will evaluate the current broadband speed and indicate if the selected video will download and show well without any skips or extended delays. When searching for a video it can also recommend titles for instant start based on the connection speed.

Vudu drops price to keep up with Apple

Posted in Apple TV,Digital Video,Services,VUDU by Darrin Olson on January 24th, 2008

Vudu on demand video box drops price to keep up with rival Apple TVIt just keeps getting better for consumers looking for on-demand set top boxes. In response to the new firmware upgrade and price drop announced by Jobs for the Apple TV, Vudu has given its own demand box a 25 percent discount. This brings the price of the Vudu system down to $295 from $399.

Apple recently discounted the Apple TV with prices as low as $229 for the 40GB model and they’ve also are scheduled to move into a space where Vudu had an upper hand – movie downloads without a PC. Apple TV not only is going to match that point of service but can also bring in YouTube videos AND content from your computer into your living room, which Vudu cannot.

Can VUDU do voodoo for movie downloads?

Posted in Set Top Boxes,VUDU by Nino Marchetti on September 7th, 2007

VUDU set top box lets you download movies through broadband to watch on your TVA new set top brick…er, we mean box, is now available for sale today. VUDU, with lots and lots of movies to rent and download, is priced at around $400 for the box plus one-time rental fees ranging from $0.99 – $3.99 and prices for purchased movies ranging from $4.99 – $19.99.

The VUDU is designed to be connected to a high speed broadband connection at home so you can enjoy your choice of more than 5,000 titles from every major U.S. film studio and more than 20 independent and international film distributors. This box lets you watch movies instantly by streaming them for viewing as they are downloaded and stores the movies you rent or buy. It’s also equipped with HDMI outputs for connecting to a HDTV.



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