VUDU: Streaming to You on PC, Mac and the D-Link Boxee Box!

admin | October 28, 2010 in Devices,HD,Industry News,Partners,VUDU | Comments (16)

Today we announced VUDU will soon be available on Boxee – users will be able to access VUDU’s immense streaming library via PC or Mac and on the upcoming Boxee Box this November. Get ready to watch what you want, where you want it!


VUDU users will be able to  download Boxee’s free media center software on Mac or PC to access our massive SD movie collection, including thousands of titles available for $2 rentals for two nights.

On D-Link’s Boxee Box, VUDU users will experience the full HD and HDX library in 1080p streamed directly to their HDTV with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Millions of HDTV owners can turn their HDTV into VUDU-enabled HDTVs for the highest quality movie experience.

VUDU adds a huge collection of Hollywood hits and indie films to Boxee’s premium TV shows and Internet content– we look forward to streaming to you on Boxee!


16 Responses to “VUDU: Streaming to You on PC, Mac and the D-Link Boxee Box!”

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  1. Comment by AlexB — October 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm  

    Wow. Can’t wait trying it our – Already pre-ordered a boxee box before I knew that my favorite video service is going to be on it! This is going to be a blast! Thanks guys, keep it up!

    (yeah!)

  2. Comment by DanR — October 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm  

    OK, so does “Via PC” mean Linux PCs also or will this be another “only on Windows” feature like Netflix streaming on Boxee?

  3. Comment by LinuxFanBoi — November 1, 2010 at 9:10 am  

    Boxeeeeee! Woot!

    Thank you Vudu for plugging into the zeitgeist. Let the troglodytes drag their heels through the upgrade-cycle muck. 1080p 5.1 is a good start.

    With Intel’s on-chip security, those of us who wanted to support the streaming industry (with our $) can now do so…

    http://d-link.com/boxee/more.html

  4. Comment by adam — November 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm  

    Dan,

    Yes, Boxee is available on Linux. Please go to http://www.boxee.tv and scroll over the “Download” tab in the left-hand corner; this will show you which versions of Linux will work for Boxee.

  5. Comment by DanR — November 3, 2010 at 11:03 am  

    I have Boxee running on Ubuntu 10.10. Both the Alpha and Beta releases. That wasn’t my question.

    Boxee has a Netflix plugin for watching Netflix streams, but it doesn’t work when used with Boxee on Linux.

    The question was if Vudu streaming would work on Boxee on Linux, or if like Netflix this will be another service that will only work if Boxee is running on Windows..

  6. Comment by mmurphy — November 3, 2010 at 11:52 am  

    VUDU on the Boxee platform will work on Mac and PC, unfortunately not on Linux just yet.

  7. Comment by DanR — November 4, 2010 at 10:35 am  

    I was afraid that was the case.

    But apparently it does work on the Boxee box, which is Linux based as was the original VUDU box. And it is supported on Mac, which is based on a BSD derived open source core platform. So there isn’t any clear technical reason not to include Linux running on an HTPC or desktop workstation.

    What is the rationalization for this decision? Is this more of the “We’re afraid someone will reverse engineer or otherwise hack our app if it’s on Linux because Linux is open source” nonsense from technically incompetent corporate decision makers?

    I’ll happily stop doing business with Netflix and spend my hard earned money with the first competitor that supports streaming to my existing Linux HTPC through either Boxee or XBMC.

  8. Comment by Erik — November 13, 2010 at 7:03 am  

    We need this on Linux. The bottom line is we’re creating Linux based media consoles throughout our house instead of Windows because it costs 20% less and is safe for the kids to use. I don’t permit the kids to use any computer in the house with Windows on it because they can easily download a virus. Please get VUDU working on the Linux Boxee, and post an ETA when we can begin to use.

  9. Comment by Mike — November 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm  

    I’m a Boxee user, also a Netflix customer and the owner of a pc on which I run both Windows Media Center and Boxee. I’m technical enough to agree with the last post above asking about Linux support. It is common, and completely disingenuous to not support Linux, and then turn around and do just that but only on embedded devices like the Boxee box and various TVs and other such things. Anyone with a brain knows darned well that you’re using Linux to do that; it sure as hell isn’t Windows or MacOS!

    Not everyone that uses Linux is a pirate, and many users of Mac and Windows are. Also, not everyone wants to leash themselves to a device on which software that is not under their control, provided by the device manufacturer and upgraded or feature-enhanced only by them. I carefully and intentionally stuck with my purchase of a plain (but very large and high-quality) plasma set along with a media pc so that I would NOT be forced to accept whatever software that Vizio, Samsung, etc. deigned to provide me. When the pc or software is out of date, I’ll upgrade one or both. More importantly, when the monitor is out of date, I’ll upgrade that. The commenter above has one opinion about having to upgrade; i disagree — i’ll happily deL with the minor work of upgrading some software once in a while, if it means I retain some control over what software I use. Services like Vudu are clearly as much about selling devices as the movie service — Walmart didn’t buy the company just for that. The sell TVs, BLU-ray players, and the like as well. This is only underscored by the fact that someone running Boxee/VUDU on their computer rather than on an embedded device can only get SD content. Pardon me, but your assertion that the “content providers” force you to do that is complete and utter bullshit. It’s because of the deals you’ve signed with device manufacturers, it’s because your parent sells these devices, and dare I say it’s because you just don’t get it.

    I will remain a non-subscriber of VUDU content until I can get that HD content on the device I choose to use, not the one you want me to. Netflix isn’t perfect, but at least it doesnt fallaciously assume I’m a pirate if I’m using a pc as my media center.

  10. Comment by Dennis Keane — November 17, 2010 at 10:12 am  

    Why only SD movies on computers running Boxee? I’m assuming restrictions placed on the Vudu by the motion picture companies. Yould love to get Vudu on my HTPC.

  11. Comment by Scott — November 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm  

    I wish I had found this blog/story before I went to the trouble.

    Because no one is forthcoming with the details – that there is no HD on Boxee or VUDU for Boxee users on PC, Mac, Linux.

    * It’s a deal breaker * – why bother with Boxee or VUDU if HD content is not available? I almost gave my credit card info but was trying to find the promised 1 free movie first and noticed all the free previews – were in SD only – and that led to finding a post where someone had signed up (and created a balance with their credit card) only to discover they could get no HD content.

    It’s headlines like this that really burn . . .

    “Vudu’s HD On-Demand Movie Service Arrives on Boxee
    by andrew kippen

    VUDU’s awesome on-demand movie service will soon be available to Boxee users in the US on Mac, Windows, and Boxee Box platforms.”

    it should say . . .

    Vudu’s HD On-Demand Movie Service Arrives on Boxee (except for PC, MAC and Linux users!)

    Of course this is clearly stated in the story – if you happened to have read it first, thanks for the clarification.

    So all the people that helped to build Boxee to where it is now are just left behind unless you pony up $ for a hardware device?

    It only took me a few (now wasted) hours of downloading, installing Boxee, signing up at Boxee and creating an account at VUDU – to finally find out I had been led down a not so rosy path where there actually was no HD.

    I don’t understand how this can be – I wish someone who makes these kind of decisions would give me a call so they could explain it to me.

    “Content providers limit viewing to SD on PC/Mac.” This is so lame.

    Gee – I guess that will really boost sales of the Boxee box and other hardware related implementations.

    Really disappointed.

    From another review –

    “But the hardware isn’t really what makes the Boxee Box interesting, instead it’s the software and Boxee has quite a following thanks to its software being compatible with just about any PC, so if you don’t want to splash out $199 on a Boxee Box, you could just make your own out of an old PC you got laying around. Boxee will install on Windows,”

    I guess the review site is aptly named . . .

    http://www.semiaccurate.com/2010/11/11/boxee-finally-launches-boxee-box/

  12. Comment by Sam Sing — November 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm  

    I built an HTPC for a while and expressly for the reasons mentioned by Mike above. I arrived at that conclusion after researching and trying a variety of Devices including the Vudu (way back when they were a new startup and sold a box for $99), the PS2 (or was it PS3?), XBOX, Mac-Mini, AppleTV, Sling, and a variety of DVD and Blue-Ray players (including Sony’s). I realized that *none* of these solutions gave me all I wanted from a capabilities, services and content points of view. More so, there was no guarantee where these companies were headed – they was no saying when one would shutdown or change or discontinue features, services and content in the near future. Sony kept saying that they would provide online movies but I finally realized that they’re not serious about it at all. MSFT’s Media Center or XBOX didn’t cut the bill as well in terms of media content. PS3 was known to run Linux, but I learned the hardware that its not really so. So i built an HTPC with the hope of finding good content on the internet as well as OTA (using an antenna). That is working better, however is still a disappointment. I tried Windows Media Center, Miro (quite good actually), Boxee (which was quite crappy and unusable a year or more back, but works now though is still buggy and there’s really very little good content on the internet – I know because I have personally viewed 100s – yes 100s – of RSS video podcasting channels), ZeeVee, Amazon Unbox, Sony Qriocity, HuluPlus, Netflix (which is the best so far) and now Vudu – which is the latest blow.

    I had returned the Vudu box because I couldn’t do much with it except watch Hollywood movies. They claim to have the max. movies, but they have no international movies – especially they have no Bollywood movies (which are more in number than those from Hollywood). They also have no/very-little European content. Basically, no international exposure. There are also no news channels at all. I didn’t want to buy a box for each separate kind of content – i.e. one for Hollywood movies, one for Bollywood movies, one for American TV, one for american news, one for international news, one for international entertainment content (Europe and Asia) and a separate antenna and tv-tuner setup for OTA programs like KQED/PBS and local channels (I don’t want to pay anymore money to Comcast – because the only useful content I can get from them for $100 a month is KQED and Discovery HD). So I returned the vudu box. When I heard that Vudu was now available on Boxee, I was thrilled and quickly installed it on my Boxee which runs on a Windows Vista PC. Of course after all this research I had wisened up and quickly read the fineprint that said only SD content was available on the PC. I still have the 3.99 credit that vudu gave me for trying it on the Boxee but I’m not going to use it. I want HD on my PC or else bye-bye Vudu. I’d rather stream HD from Netflix directly on my PC using any software I want (not just Boxee) or Netflix directly on my Sony BlueRay player. If you want my money you’re going to have to provide content to my PC – that’s why I kicked out Comcast from my home.

    As an aside, from my POV, HuluPlus doesn’t have any content worth watching as well – in fact they have lesser good content than is available free on the internet. I got the $10/month subscription for about 3 months, but didn’t find anything worth watching – in fact their interface is also buggy or un-intuitive. So they’re out as well. Right now I’m using Miro + Boxee.

  13. Comment by Jeremy — August 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm  

    Disappointing and misleading service for HTPC users. The boxee app is ok, but doesn’t allow 1080p vudu. Also the new releases for Vudu are $5.99 in the highest quality, so I’m not sure I would rent them anyway.

    Not sure if it is the Movie Studios or Vudu that set this price scheme, but this reaks of Blockbuster all over again.

    How can redbox and Netflix price their services so reasonably? If consumers were willing to pay $5.99 for movie rentals, then all the brick and mortar stores would still be around.

    Uninstalling boxee now…

  14. Comment by Brian — October 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm  

    +1 for not using Vudu because of the SD limitation on HTPC. If anyone at Vudu/Walmart is paying attention, you are losing a significant number of potential customers with this limitation. Why even offer SD? Who has a SD monitor/TV that would want to stream movies? Wake up.

  15. Comment by adam — October 26, 2011 at 11:08 am  

    Brian — The limitation to SD playback on your computer is due to the contracts we have with each of the major motion picture studios. Currently, they only allow for SD streaming on your computer due to DRM implications. For the most part, this is an industry standard.

  16. Comment by NathanFebruary 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm  

    No support for Linux after 20 years of Linux being around is really stupid and shows who is in who’s pocket. You stand to gain tons of revenue by supporting Linux and it’s user base.

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