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?
If you follow the VUDU blog (thanks!), or read Engadget, Gizmodo, or WIRED, you know VUDU has been busy lately. Last week we officially launched VUDU on both LG and Mitsubishi broadband HDTVs, letting owners of those TV get VUDU without having to buy a separate box. We know VUDU is the best possible streaming movie experience around – true 1080p picture quality, 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, and no need to drive to the video store (or even walk out to the mailbox.) Today, we’re excited to offer yet another way to get VUDU.
We are joining with LG to add VUDU to their award winning Blu-ray player, the BD390. It’s the best Blu-ray player out there (8.8 on CNET!). Fast response times, outstanding picture, excellent upscaling for normal DVDs, and it’s a network player (meaning it connects to the Internet, in this case via built in wireless). If you’ve been trying to figure out how you are going to get movies in the future, you now have your answer – the BD390 with VUDU lets you watch movies however you want – DVD, Blu-ray or VUDU. For anyone with a home theater, or if you just love watching movies that look and sound great, stop reading this and go get a BD390 now. And if you already bought a BD390? Worry not my friend. You’ll get VUDU automatically via a software update.
We are expanding our service rapidly, bringing HD streaming movies to new and different devices. Our real goal at VUDU is to deliver the absolute best HD streaming movie experience to as many people as possible. If a device lives in your living and connects to the Internet, we think VUDU should be on it. That way you always have access to new Hollywood features in true 1080p and 5.1 surround. Keep an eye out for VUDU to join more TVs and more Blu-ray players – we’re coming soon to your living room. 🙂
This week we are introducing Free Preview for most of our movies.
This new feature is initially available to users of the VUDU embedded service – running on VUDU enabled TVs or BluRay players.
This nifty little feature allows our users to watch the first 2m:10s of any movie for free. A great way to sample movies and get a sense for the acting, photography, pulse, and atmospherics of a movie without having to buy it. Can’t do that with a DVD 😉
Free previews are also a great tool to test your home bandwidth and see which of the three VUDU qualities, SD, HD, and HDX will work best in your environment. SD delivers DVD like quality, HD delivers cable/satellite like HD quality, while HDX delivers Bluray like quality. And our HD and HDX come with high bit-rate Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 sound, great for home theater settings.
Now you might ask why the odd choice of 2m:10s for the preview duration?
I have two words for you: “Union Rules”. The showing of free previews is governed by contractual agreements between the various guilds that represent Hollywood workers, from actors to engineers, and the studios. They stipulate that no more than 2m:10s of any movie can be shown before the movie contributors are owed money under their contract.
Enjoy your free previews!
We are happy to announce yet another fantastic partnership. Mitsubishi has integrated VUDU into their Diamond Unisen line of smart HDTVs. These high-end TVs are pretty awesome by the way – cool design, beautiful picture quality, and a super innovative, 18 speaker “soundbar” that delivers 5.1 surround sound right from the TV (check out the pic above). VUDU, as you well know, not only offers 1080p picture quality via our super-amazing-happy-fun-time HDX format, but also provides Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound, so you’ll be able to make the most of those integrated, cool-looking (and cool-sounding) speakers.
This is the second partnership with a world-class consumer electronics manufacturer that we’ve been able to announce, in as many months. (Last month was LG, in case you missed the news). Worth noting here is the fact that Mitsubishi will be buying the 1st two months of VUDU service for their customers (up to $50 in their first 60 days). So if you’re in the market for a Diamond Unisen television from Mitsubishi, make sure you plug it into your router and start streaming VUDU movies. We think you’re gonna love it.
Comments and questions are welcome – please tell us what you think.
And if you’re interested to read about the Mitsubishi-VUDU collaboration in the news, you can check it out via some of the links below.
– Hot Hardware
– PC World
– Electronic House