Return of the Internet Apps Part 2

pandoraMany of you asked us to do that VUDU that we do… and we did. The Internet apps are back and ready for love. From Picasa, to Flickr, to free on-demand TV, to the ever popular Pandora, and a few casual picasagames.  These apps – previously hosted under the VUDU Labs tab on the VUDU box – are alive and well and living on  VUDU enabled TV’s.

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These great Internet apps add a ton of fun and free activities to the VUDU experience. Our complete set of Internet apps are available to VUDU box and Mitsubishi customers for now*.

We plan on releasing more Internet apps in the next few months, so comment below with some of your favorites. In the meantime, give our current Internet apps a spin and tell us what you think!

* Internet apps are not available on devices from LG Electronics at this time. Please refer to LG Electronics at www.lge.com/us/support/contact/support-message.jspif you have questions.

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“You Say Tomato, I Say Rotten Tomatoes”

largetoutfresh_v2 Another week, another cool feature from the VUDU team. This week: seamless integration with the world’s most popular movie review site: rottentomatoes.com. 850,000 review links, 7 million monthly visitors, rotttentomatoes.com is THE site for movie lovers, now on VUDU.

tomatoemeter No more going to your laptop to figure out which movie to watch, no more relying on a single critic review: summary reviews by dozens of the country’s most respected movie critics are available right on your VUDU movie page. From Rogert Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times to Mike Lasalle of the San Francisco Chronicle,  get the unbiased view of the leading movie critics, compare them, form an opinion, and watch a VUDU movie you will truly enjoy.

tomatoesThe whimsical fresh/rotten tomato icons capture the essence of each review and the Tomatometer collects reviews from a variety of sources (newspaper, online, magazines) and averages them into a single score you can really trust. You can sort any of your VUDU movie lists by Tomatometer score.

This feature has been consistently in the top 3 most requested VUDU feature and I am excited to be able to leverage our Internet platform to deliver fresh content from our friends at rottentomatoes. While we were at it, we redesigned the movie page to make it more interactive and more fun. It is now animated and provides key movie information without the need to navigate away from the movie page.

Enjoy your VUDU movies and tell us what you think, your input is key to planning the next set of VUDU features.

Criterion Collection on VUDU

I am excited to announce that The Criterion Collection, the reference collection for cinema masterpieces, is for the first time available on a TV based streaming Internet movie service.

I am also very happy that the folks at Criterion chose to work with VUDU to make their collection available for on-demand viewing on TV’s. This is one of my all times favorite collections, a carefully selected set of the world’s best movies, painstakingly restored from the best audio and video sources by Criterion.

These timeless classics will stay with you long after you are done watching the movie. They are in many ways at the other end of the art-entertainment spectrum compared to the Hollywood blockbusters we all enjoy: most of these movies are not studio movies, they are deeply personal movies, unvarnished expressions of the director’s intent.

Frederico Fellini, James Ivory, Igmar Bergman, you may recognize some of these great cinematographer’s names, but perhaps never had the opportunity to watch one of their movies. They are now just a click away on your VUDU service!

Check these movies on Rotten Tomatoes: the “Tomatometer” rarely drops below 90% and for most of the movies it is between 95% and 100%. Yes, this is how good these movies are.

Watch them with your friends, watch them with your significant others, watch them with your kids, watch them with your parents, but watch these movies, your neurons will thank you.

Tell us about your favorite Criterion movie.  Is there a particular film that resonates with you or brings back memories?

The Thief of Bagdad Harakiri The Honeymoon Killers
Black Orpheus Harlan County USA The Horse’s Mouth
Hopscotch Heat and Dust The Red Balloon
Il Posto Juliet of the Spirits The Rules of the Game
Mon Oncle L’avventura The Shop on Main Street
Vengeance Is Mine La Pointe Courte The Spirit of the Beehive
Au Revoir Les Enfants La Strada The Vanishing
Autumn Sonata Lord of the Flies The Virgin Spring
Bombay Talkie M Thirst
Branded to Kill Maurice Walkabout
Clean, Shaven Overlord Burden of Dreams
Cleo from 5 to 7 Picnic at Hanging Rock General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait
Closely Watched Trains Quartet Lord of the Flies
Cria Cuervos… Ratcatcher The Cranes Are Flying
Divorce Italian Style Salesman Blood Wedding
Elevator to the Gallows Sans Soleil Deep Crimson
Fat Girl Shakespeare Wallah Equinox Flower
For All Mankind Sweet Movie God’s Country
General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait Sweetie Howards End
George Washington The Beales of Grey Gardens I Shot Jesse James
Grey Gardens The Cranes Are Flying Monterey Pop