Clearly, URLs with missing letters are all the rage these days. Kidding aside, Rdio
has been making quite the name for itself in the music streaming business, but it's obvious that there's plenty of demand (and money to be made) on the video front. So, an expansion is in order. After launching in 2010 with music at the forefront, the company has built up a library of 18 million songs. And now, it's previewing the next evolution of the company: Vdio.
As you might expect, it's a new way to buy, rent, and share your favorite movies and TV shows with your friends, in real-time. For Rdio Unlimited users, you can get a special preview of Vdio right now. Here's a bit about the new service from the mouth of Rdio: "The first thing you'll notice about Vdio is that it's designed to solve the "what to watch" problem. It's not just that we've got amazing content, but that the experience is now geared to get you from searching to watching faster. We're introducing the notion of Sets - playlists for TV shows and movies - so anyone can make and share lists of their favorites, making it easier than ever to discover new stuff. Or, you can just check out what your friends are watching in the moment and jump in. Beyond that, Vdio has the beautiful design and social features that people love about Rdio, with plenty more to come.
So, what exactly can you watch on Vdio? Everything from the newest releases to cult classics and a whole lot in between from the major studios and networks. Right now, you can watch Skyfall, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, and The Hobbit and thousands of other hit movies. You can also watch zombie heads explode on The Walking Dead, tune in to the Dowager's latest quip on Downton Abbey, death-grip your armchair during Homeland, or marvel at the jaw-dropping perfection of Breaking Bad. TV shows are available the day after they air and you can subscribe to seasons at a discount. We plan on adding new titles and bonus content daily, so be sure to check back regularly to see what's new."
For the moment, Vdio is only available to Rdio Unlimited subscribers in the US and UK. To get you rolling, the company is giving all Rdio Unlimited subscribers a $25 credit to use on Vdio. and just so you know, Vdio only works on the Web and iPad at the moment, while other devices will have support added in the future. The world probably doesn't need another
video streaming service
, but hey, if it gets us closer to breaking the chains unleashed upon us by the pay-TV overlords -- we're all for it.