VUDU Kicks Off 2010 With Four New Partners And VUDU Apps

edward | January 6, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (20)

Well, VUDU Fans, we’re starting off 2010 in style – we’re  in Vegas.  But while we love a good party as much as anyone, in this case we have a real and serious purpose for being in Sin City.  We’re at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and we have some amazing news to announce.  They say all good things come in 3′s, and here are ours:

1.  We are greatly expanding our relationship with our previously launched partners, LG Electronics and Mitsubishi, and we’re launching our initial products with another partner we announced last year, VIZIO.  VUDU services will be available on loads of new HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players (BDPs) from these outstanding CE manufacturers in 2010.

2.  We are dramatically expanding our footprint with new partners and will be shipping on HDTVs and BDPs from SamsungSANYOSharp and Toshiba in 2010.  Needless to say, taking the VUDU team from 2 to 7 partners in market is a great step for us and signifies the growing acceptance of VUDU as the best way to stream HD movies.

But wait (as the Sham Wow guy would say) – there’s more!

3.  The pièce de résistance of our announcements is VUDU Apps.  This new Internet applications platform provides access to a wide range of services and applications including streaming video, music on demand, photo browsing, social networking and more.  More than 100 applications are available on VUDU Apps, including popular services like Pandora, Picasa, Flickr, Dailymotion and leading news providers such as The New York Times and The Associated Press.

The underlying technology of VUDU Apps was initially developed to enable the VUDU Streaming Movie Service on broadband HDTVs and BDPs.  Using VUDU Apps, the movie service has been able to easily integrate popular Internet services like Rotten Tomatoes and Wikipedia directly into the movie service user interface.

VUDU Apps will initially launch on TVs from Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Sharp and Toshiba, as well as BDPs from Toshiba and VIZIO.

You can see some screenshots that give you an early peek of VUDU Apps.  As you can see, we’ve kept the same cool elegance of our look and feel and extended it to a variety of popular internet apps.  Internet on the TV is about to take one giant leap forward!

So you can see that 2010 is going to be a huge year for VUDU.  We’re super fired up, but we’d like to know what you think as well.  Just leave a comment below.

Thanks,

The VUDU Team

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20 Responses to “VUDU Kicks Off 2010 With Four New Partners And VUDU Apps”

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  1. Comment by VUDU Steps Up Its Game – Powers Net-Connected TVs with Hundreds of Apps | eHomeUpgradeJanuary 6, 2010 at 3:43 pm  

    [...] The once counted out VUDU offering is now showing the world and its critics that the streaming 1080p HD video (w/ Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound) and VUDU App service is here to stay and one to be contended with. VUDU today announced at CES that the company’s app catalog now consists of hundreds of internet powered apps/programming which will be available across current and upcoming network connected HDTVs and Blu-ray players from Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba, and VIZIO. As such, VUDU is now the leading provider of internet apps to network connected HDTVs surpassing Yahoo! TV Widgets. The full list of available VUDU apps can be seen after the jump. You can also read VUDU’s blog post on the subject here. [...]

  2. Comment by Blu-ray guy — January 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm  

    Will the new apps be available on the LG BD390? If so, when?

    Thanks!!!

  3. Comment by ProfessionalGun — January 6, 2010 at 11:51 pm  

    @Blu-ray guy – that is MY question, too. I was hoping to fire up my player and see this new addition! . . . Hopefully we don’t get left in the cold on this one. I’m loving Vudu’s sleek interface and RottenTomatoes integration. Keep it coming!

  4. Comment by adam — January 13, 2010 at 10:04 am  

    Blu-ray Guy –

    For the most part, all the new VUDU Internet Applications will be available on the LG BD390. However, the availability of each app will vary upon the manufacturer – in this case, LG.

  5. Comment by Brian KJanuary 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm  

    I went to pick up a 2nd BD390 (specifically because I LOVE VuDu) at BestBuy today and they have discontinued selling it! MAH!

  6. Comment by adam — January 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm  

    Brian K,

    The LG BD390 should still be available at http://www.bestbuy.com as well as other consumer electronic retailers. In-store availability will vary upon market. VUDU will also be available in other Blu-Ray manufacturers, go to http://www.vudu.com and click on the ‘Get VUDU’ tab to see the list of manufacturers that will have VUDU embedded in them.

  7. Comment by Mike — January 15, 2010 at 11:45 am  

    I’m considering buying the Vudu box since my new Panasonic TV only comes with the Amazon VoD, and I think I like what I see with Vudu more than Amazon’s VoD. Will a newly purchased Vudu box come with or otherwise be able to take advantage of ALL the new apps, without regard to vendor as mentioned in another comment?

    Also, how hot does the box get… does it need a lot of space in an entertainment center? For instance, my ps3 needs a lot of room and circulation because it gets pretty hot and can get overheated, whereas my cd changer needs minimal space because it doesn’t produce hardly any heat. I can leave the cd changer on and even close the doors without fear. If the Vudu box runs hot, does it only run hot when playing a movie?

    One last thing, and fairly important… If Walmart buys Vudu, will the adult content be abated?

  8. Comment by adam — January 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm  

    Mike –

    Thanks for taking interest in the VUDU service. Hopefully I can help you out with the answers to all your questions:

    - The VUDU set-top box will come with all of the internet applications on the VUDU service once they are launched in a software update. You would be able to take full advantage of them without worrying manufacturer restrictions.
    - The VUDU box actually uses a patented cooling system that allows the device to be kept on at all times. It never hurts to have the device in an open space, but you don’t need to worry about leaving it in a closed cabinet.
    - VUDU’s library only grows in size, including all types of content. Movies will go in and out of window restrictions from time to time, but the rate at which we add titles makes up for the movies that disappear for a few months.

  9. Comment by Angelo A. — January 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm  

    HEY VUDU,
    I LOVE THE SERVICE!! KEEP THE GOOD THINGS COMING I Just wanted to say that first. I have a VUDU Set-top Box When Will we see a update for the VUDU Apps? on my set-top box and will the UI look like the photo above…? One more thing you are missing is a App for Movies Listings ex: (Fandango App or Moviefone App) this would be good add for VUDU Apps!!! Thanks Angelo A.

  10. Comment by Mike — January 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm  

    Thanks Adam!

    I know cooling system info isn’t something that get’s the bright lights and flashy ads, but it’s important to me. :)

    Ok, so the new apps are in the future still, for some reason I thought it was already live. Need to clean my glasses I guess.

    So, movies go in and out of “window restrictions.” I’m not sure what that means. I’m thinking that’s just the way the system works. What movies get restricted for months at a time, ones that have very little demand? That would make sense.

    Anyway, I have one additional question. Wireless. I have a wireless bridge that I can connect to devices in my entertainment center. But I notice that you sell a kit made to make the box wireless. Will my own bridge pose any problems? I use the Dlink DAP-1522 to a Dlink router.

    And thanks for the quick reply! I didn’t expect a reply that fast and took a long weekend.

  11. Comment by Glenn — January 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm  

    Sounds to me like your passing the BUCK to LG on the 390 additions. I feel were not going to get anything new on the LG players for quite some time. Im sure Ill hear somthing about licensing etc.. If your going to put VUDU on other boxes it needs to be 100% the same I paid for VUDU and all it encompasses not very limted functionality and NO updates.

  12. Comment by adam — January 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm  

    Angelo –

    Thanks for the feedback and suggestions, I’ll pass them along to our Engineering department. The VUDU set-top box will receive the Internet Apps software update, however, I do not have an estimated date.

  13. Comment by adam — January 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm  

    Mike -

    When a movie is released to DVD it is usually available same-day on VUDU. Months after the movie has been released to VUDU or DVD the film may be available on the premium movie channels (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime etc.). These companies have a deal in place with each of the studios that restricts their content from any other On-Demand provider while it is playing on their service. Once the movie has expired from the premium movie channels, it will be back on VUDU.

    As far as your wireless bridge, it really depends on the speed and strength of the signal. It must connect to the VUDU via Ethernet, not USB. I would at least try it first before spending additional money on a wireless kit. You can also check this link to see if it is recommended or not:

    http://supports.vudu.com/questions/92/Which+routers+and+switches+are+recommended+by+VUDU%3F

  14. Comment by adam — January 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm  

    Glenn -

    The VUDU-embedded LG devices will continue to receive software, feature, and functionality updates from us. Please keep in mind that any application available through the VUDU service must be approved by the manufacturer of the embedded device. This is true for all manufacturers, not just LG.

  15. Comment by hec — February 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm  

    I just got my BD-390 and was disappointed that VUDU Apps was not available. I really wanted those Apps, when will they be available?

  16. Comment by 5 Down, 2 To Go. Samsung, Toshiba and VIZIO now shipping with VUDU « Vudu BlogMarch 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm  

    [...] January we made some big announcements, including new partnerships with some of the largest CE manufacturers in the world.  These [...]

  17. Comment by Toshiba and SANYO – Live and In Color « Vudu BlogMay 28, 2010 at 9:24 am  

    [...] we’ve noted previously, VUDU is inking deals and working with hardware manufacturers on an extremely broad scale.  Today [...]

  18. Comment by Darren — November 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm  

    Hi when will the Vudu app be available for uk samsung Internet@tv’s. I can’t wait to start steaming full hd movies to my new c6620.

  19. Comment by adam — November 2, 2010 at 3:16 pm  

    Darren,

    We appreciate your interest in VUDU and look forward to expanding to the international market at some point. However, the contracts we have with each of the major motion picture studios of America only allow access to their content from within the 50 United States of America. This is something we have been working on to ultimately expand our service and enhance the user experience. However, I do not have an ETA as to if or when the VUDU service will be available internationally.

  20. Comment by Enrique — November 17, 2010 at 2:39 am  

    Will VUDU apps be available on playstation 3 within the upcoming playstation 3 VUDU app?

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