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VUDU to Bring Web Content and HD Television

by December 16, 2008

Remember VUDU? It’s in-home movie rental option that offers high-end HD downloaded movies for the best quality in audio/video of any of the streaming solutions. Now VUDU is adding web-content and some TV networks to its repertoire of home entertainment features. The company has announced a new feature it has dubbed: VUDU RIA which stands for Rich Internet Application. Out of the gate it’ll provide users 120 channels of web-content through the VUDU set top box. 

The plan is to let VUDU compete toe-to-toe with heavies in the movie set-top-box scene like TiVo that has been offering internet content for some time. But the VUDU difference is of course that it does HD. What’s sure to create added excitement about VUDU’s web-content application is that RIA is a platform designed to attract developers to create even more content. Hopefully this will be adopted by third parties who can enchant you with even more VUDU content. 

Among the Internet content will be Flickr, YouTube and Picasa. But the on-demand TV options get my vote as the coolest new VUDU feature. Apparently you’ll get up to 120 stations including some HD television. Staring off you’ll get a few yawn inducing shows like Today, MTV News and Anderson Cooper 360. Okay, so the initial selection could use some sprucing up - but this is just a start. You’ll also get HD content from familiar networks like PBS and National Geographic which is actually quite cool. 

I’ll leave you with a quote from the press release about the RIA platform: 

Our goal in creating VUDU RIA was to allow anyone with Web development skills to easily author Web-driven applications for the TV,” said Prasanna Ganesan, VUDU’s CTO. “We are very pleased with the results and look forward to opening up VUDU RIA to the developer community.”

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Wayde is a tech-writer and content marketing consultant in Canada s tech hub Waterloo, Ontario and Editorialist for Audioholics.com. He's a big hockey fan as you'd expect from a Canadian. Wayde is also US Army veteran, but his favorite title is just "Dad".

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niget2002 posts on December 17, 2008 17:44
I'd still like to see a flat monthly fee option like Netflix. My only gripe about BlockBuster is that their download movies are a charge on top of the current monthly fee.

I guess I'll just have to stick with my current BlockBuster account.
Wayde Robson posts on December 17, 2008 13:00
It seems to me, and correct me if I'm wrong, VUDU is the download-rental-service that gives a big nod in the direction of quality. It seems to be the only that offers HD downloads with good quality audio, although I've never seen it nor competitors.
mperfct posts on December 17, 2008 12:30
Vudu looks very enticing, one of the few negatives I see to it is that you can only “own” movies in SD, and they are typically 19.95 from what I've seen. I want HDX for 19.95!!!
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