Items tagged with Vudu

Google faces immense competition in the streaming space, but even so, the company's Chromecast dongle has two things going for it. The first is price. At just $35 -- and sometimes cheaper if there's a promotion or sale taking place -- Chromecast is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade your home or dorm room entertainment scheme with streaming content. And secondly, Chromecast continues to get better as more developers jump on board. One of the newest members to the Chromecast family is VUDU, the on-demand video service owned by Walmart. Using the VUDU app on Chromecast, movie buffs can control... Read more...
Amid growing fears of security threats to online services, one that is often overlooked is flat-out burglary, which is the old-fashioned way of getting hacked. Movie streaming service Vudu revealed that its offices were burglarized on March 24th, and thieves made off with hard drives, among other things. According to an FAQ that Vudu posted on its site, the hard drives indeed contained customer data, “including names, email addresses, postal addresses, phone numbers, account activity, dates of birth and the last four digits of some credit card numbers.” The drives also contained passwords;... Read more...
Earlier this month we covered Walmart's burgeoning partnership with the Ultraviolet DRM system backed by major Hollywood studios and their plans to "assist" customers in registering DVDs with the Ultraviolet system. Walmart has since announced additional details to the program and it's a clever attempt to drive more users to Vudu, Walmart's subsidiary movie streaming service. Here's how the service works. "Starting April 16th, 2012 in more than 3,500 stores, Walmart customers will be able to bring their DVD and Blu-ray collections to Walmart and receive digital access to their favorite titles from... Read more...
If there's one thing that's abundantly clear, it's this: streaming media isn't going the way of the dodo anytime soon. Western Digital has just added thousands of new HD movies for WD TV customers, not to mention a remote control app for Apple and Android mobile devices. In other words, your WD TV remote just got shelves. The company's also adding VUDU, as well as several additional new sports and entertainment services to the WD TV Live and WD TV Live Hub media players, adding to the media player family's current content offerings from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Spotify, Pandora,... Read more...
The Walmart-owned VUDU movie rental service is making big strides in the home entertainment realm, as they've just launched on Xbox 360. That's a super major platform to launch on, no doubt. Xbox LIVE customers can now shop VUDU's library using new, interactive features such as voice search, voice control and Kinect gesture commands to rent or own the latest Hollywood hits, TV shows, cinema classics and independent gems in standard or high definition. To encourage customers to try VUDU on Xbox, VUDU is offering a $4.99 credit toward their first rental or purchase. Also, through today only (11:30... Read more...
VUDU has remained one of the only movie streaming services that deliver true 1080p material. The vast majority of them peak at 720p, but VUDU XL is 1080p. And proud of it. But even VUDU knows that the web is the future, and if you aren't streaming through a browser, you're missing out on a major chunk of the market. The company has this week revealed their latest trick, in-browser movie streaming, but there's a long way to go before those VUDU XL videos come to Firefox. For now, all browser streaming is capped at an SD resolution, and that's likely due to the browser technologies currently available... Read more...
The Boxee Box is still missing one major piece: Netflix. But that's better than missing two major pieces. Most of the streaming set-top box competition provides access to both Netflix and Vudu, and the latest Boxee Box firmwaer now provides access to the latter. Vudu is yet another movie rental service, but it differs from most by offering higher quality streams. Up to 1080p, in fact. If you've been enjoying your Boxee Box, but have been hoping for a bit more content, the newest update is sure to please. If you've been really on top of these updates, you'll notice that Boxee actually pushed out... Read more...
It's a new year, and that means new things for the Boxee Box. Boxee Box owners have been wishing and waiting for Netflix support ever since it went on sale in November of last year, and now the team is providing an official update. Unfortunately, neither Netflix nor VUDU apps were available for the holidays. But there was plenty of other things to keep you occupied, we're sure. But now, Avner Ronen has promised that VUDU will be arriving at some point during the week, and Netflix will be arriving at some point during the month. Boxee is definitely dead-set on providing both of these to users. They... Read more...
Netflix may be the dominant provider of streaming content these days, with Hulu close behind in terms of mind share. But when it comes strictly to movie rentals (streaming ones, anyway), VUDU has been in the business as long as anyone. The company started out by providing their own hardware boxes, but quickly diverted from that market and instead provides software alone now for integration in Blu-ray players, televisions, etc. Now, VUDU's movie rental services will be coming to Panasonic's 2010 line of VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray players. After a firmware update on November 24, the players will... Read more...
Sony always said that the PlayStation 3 did games, movies, Blu-ray, streaming, online matchups, and well, everything else. And now that's coming true. Sony's PS3 has grown into a multi-media powerhouse over the past year, gaining Netflix support (and then removing the need for a disc to be inserted), gaining Hulu Plus support and now, gaining VUDU HD support. That's more streaming media than the average working man / woman has time to even enjoy, but the more the merrier, right? Sony's bringing VUDU's HD movie streams to the PS3, along with 5.1 surround sound, and the VUDU seen here will bring... Read more...
VUDU. Does that name ring a bell? If you have been paying attention to the media streaming world the past few years, it might. The company began by offering a set-top box solution, much like Roku has recently. The box was only for movie rentals and purchases, though, so no other outside streaming from places like Hulu. Since it was so limited in scope, few people actually went out of their way to get a box. Early on, VUDU realized that licensing their software out made more sense. This would enable existing set-top boxes to actually add functionality, and even select connected televisions. This... Read more...
VUDU has been around for years. They were actually one of the first movie-streaming companies to emerge in the last decade, but they never seemed to gather a huge amount of support. Netflix already had a ton of buzz surrounding them, so when they decided to add a streaming option to complement the by-mail service, many flocked to it. Amazon's Video on Demand has also found a small group of supporters, but regardless of the different boxes and technology deployments, VUDU never seemed to get the respect it was due.At least it never got the public respect it was due. Behind closed doors, VUDU has... Read more...
Vudu has certainly come a long way during its brief existence in the world of home entertainment. Starting out as a company peddling standalone movie boxes, the outfit has morphed into a software solutions provider that puts its iconic software and UI onto devices that people are already looking to buy. No extra mess, same great content.Shortly after announcing that its movie rental services would be coming to LG HDTVs and Mitsubishi HDTVs, Vudu has now made the move into the realm of Blu-ray. Starting later this month, a free software update will enable LG's NetCast-capable BD390 Blu-ray Disc... Read more...
There was a time not too long ago where just about every TV maker was jumping to add Netflix streaming to their sets. Now that said wave has rolled, it looks like the next bandwagon to jump on is the one with the Vudu banner streaming from the rear. Shortly after LG announced that a select few of its Netcast HDTVs would be able to stream on-demand films from Vudu, Mitsubishi has stepped forward with similar news. Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America has today announced that it has begun shipments of its Vudu-ready HDTVs. The 1080p flat-panel sets are all in the Unisen Diamond lineup, with the... Read more...
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