I am a big fan of personalized service and VUDU just added one of the best internet music services Pandora to VUDU Labs. I don’t know who programs most of the internet radio stations out there, but with Pandora and their Music Genome project they seem to play what I like to listen to every time. At the same time you can rate a a song a Thumb Up or Thumb Down which further fine tunes the station to your liking.
When I went to VUDU Labs this morning and entered my Pandora login I was presented instantly with my station list along with their “QuickMix”. I was impressed with the sound quality for an internet streaming service coming though my AV receiver. No longer do I have to log into the computer and listen to music via tiny computer speakers.
When using Pandora on the VUDU you can still rate the music, bookmark, skip forward, etc. Everything you do on the VUDU with Pandora will be reflected on their website though your Pandora account.
Now the real question is how does a station sound with: AC/DC, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, John Williams, Gregorian Chant, Queen, Enigma, and Miley Cryus sound? Ask my kids who messed around with my Pandora on the VUDU this morning! But not to worry Pandora on VUDU supports mutiple accounts.
As I promised a few weeks ago I would continue on why VUDU Rocks! Well today let me give you a few more reason’s why:
Only VUDU gives the option of HD content in your choice of quality HD and HDX. HD allows for instant viewing on a 4 mbps internet connection while HDX takes approximately 4 hours before you can start watching the movie. But VUDU allows you to rent/purchase directly from their web site so your movie can be waiting for you when you get home from work. If you really want to see what HDX can do for a video try out Speed Racer in HDX for the visuals and sound. It is really impressive.
VUDU is the only one that has option to purchase HD content from select studios. Also these studios allow the rental/purchase the same day as the DVD is released. Check out FirstLook Studios, Kino, and Magnolia Pictures when browsing the VUDU catalog. Whats really cool is that FirstLook Studios are offering credit for the standard definion purchase price for those that purchased the SD version and upgrade to the HD/HDX version. You can read more on how this works at the FAQ.
VUDU has a open platform for online internet content. Choose from stuff like: on demand TV, picture sharing sites Picasa and Flickr, YouTube videos in HD, and a few game distractions. Since this platform is based internet standards the content is only limited to the imagination of whoever is providing the service.
Two iPhone applications. One for browsing the VUDU movie catalog, you can also rent, purchase and buy if you like. The other application is for using you iPhone to remote control the VUDU XL. Here is a link: VUDU iRemote. This one was written by a fan of VUDU and is available on the iTunes store.
And last but not least VUDU has the largest catalog of movies spanning all genres and decades. You would be hard pressed not to find something not to watch on the VUDU. I can tell you that my movie watching habits have been changed forever by this alone.
VUDU at Snowmodo
One more thing before I sign off. Our friends at Gizmodo are having their Snowmodo Reader Meetup at Tahoe. Hagan from VUDU will be there and there is a raffle like last year and a VUDU box will be given away. If you are in the area and like to board or ski check this one out. If you do go let me know who Hagan does on his board. I still think I can out ski him.
Well that it for now so go look for that special movie on your VUDU!
Today we’re releasing software version 2.2 to our customers – primarily a bug fix release. There are a few visible changes in this release: we provide graphics on the movie details page indicating movie download status; we made changes to address a/v stuttering when using VUDU Labs and then watching a movie; we now provide support for purchasing and renting the same movie in multiple video qualities; and we’ve made some changes to address compatibility with certain audio receivers.