Own “The Hangover” for $14.99!

Have we got a deal for you – starting todayThe_Hangover_poster_338x480, you can purchase the hilarious comedy hit “The Hangover” for only $14.99!  It’s an awesome movie, one that you will want to watch many times, and we’re making it easier and more affordable than ever.  And when you buy any movie on a device that enables VUDU streaming, you’ll get the following benefits:

  • Streaming trickplay makes watching a breeze
  • Chapters let you go to any point in the movie instantly
  • All titles are stored in the “cloud” and can be re-streamed to any VUDU-enabled device*

So what are you waiting for – buy “The Hangover” tomorrow!

5 Down, 2 To Go. Samsung, Toshiba and VIZIO now shipping with VUDU

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VZIO, Toshiba and Samsung are now shipping TVs and Blu-ray players with VUDU.  “Heck yes!”  (For the uninitiated, that was a Napolean Dynamite reference.)

In January we made some big announcements, including new partnerships with some of the largest CE manufacturers in the world.  These included seven large name brands known the world over – two of those outstanding new partners include VIZIO and Samsung.  To date, VUDU has shipped on TVs and BDPs from LG and Mitsubish.  Now, VUDU is also shipping with Samsung and VIZIO. Four down, three more to go.  (SANYO, Sharp and Toshiba.)
Samsung has a whole line of HDTVs, Blu-ray players and home theaters new for 2010, all of which stream VUDU movies.  New VIZIO TVs are also on sale now, with VUDU inside.  The complete list of Samsung and VIZIO models is below.  Most if not all are available in retail locations and retail websites now.  When you get your new TV or Blu-ray home, look on the back to see if there’s an ethernet port.  You might just find out that you have VUDU too and that you can watch HD movies on demand, including brand new titles just released on DVD.  No disc required.  🙂
Which Samsung TV models offer VUDU?
Several of 2010 Samsung TV series’ in different sizes, including the majority of HDTV’s sizes 40” and above, will offer VUDU Streaming Movies.  Those include:
Samsung LED TVs ( C9000, C8000, C7000, C6800, C6500)
Samsung LCD TVs (C750, C650)
Samsung Plasma TVs (C8000, C7000, C6500)
Which Samsung Blu-ray players offer VUDU?
BD-C5500
BD-C5500C
BD-C6500
BD-C6900
BD-C7500
BD-C8000 (2ND HALF MODEL)
Which Samsung Home Theaters offer VUDU?
HT-C5500
HT-C6500
HT-C6730W
HT-C6930W
HT-C7530W
Which VIZIO TVs will offer VUDU?

In January we made some big announcements, including new partnerships with some of the largest CE manufacturers in the world.  These included seven large name brands known the world over.  To date, VUDU has shipped on TVs and BDPs from LG and Mitsubishi.  Now, VUDU is shipping with three more of those outstanding new partners, including SamsungTohshiba and VIZIO.   Five down, two more to go.  (SANYO and Sharp.)

VUDU_APPS_HOME_300ppiSamsung has a whole line of HDTVs, Blu-ray players and home theaters new for 2010, all of which stream VUDU movies.  New VIZIO TVs are also on sale now, with VUDU inside. And Toshiba just today announced a new TV with VUDU.  That TV from Toshiba (the UX600 LED TV) is also the very first device to ship with VUDU Apps, a new platform for delivery of Internet service to the home television.  VUDU Apps has over 100 apps available, including the VUDU Streaming Movie Service, photos from Flickr and Picasa, music from Pandora, news from the Associated Press and the NYT, and many more.

The complete list of Samsung, Toshiba and VIZIO models is below.  Most if not all are available in retail locations and retail websites now.  When you get your new TV or Blu-ray home, look on the back to see if there’s an ethernet port.  You might just find out that you have VUDU too and that you can watch HD movies on demand, including brand new titles just released on DVD.  No disc required.  🙂

Which Samsung TV models offer VUDU?

Several of 2010 Samsung TV series’ in different sizes, including the majority of HDTV’s sizes 40” and above, will offer VUDU Streaming Movies.  Those include:

Which Samsung Blu-ray players offer VUDU?

Which Samsung Home Theaters offer VUDU?

Which Toshiba TVs will offer VUDU?

Which VIZIO TVs will offer VUDU?


Facebook and Twitter Now Integrated With VUDU

Another delicious feature from the VUDU team: You can now share your movie ratings on Facebook and Twitter directly from your VUDU enabled TV or Blu-ray players, with just once click on your remote.

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And VUDU gives you an immediate preview of your Facebook post (Twitter preview coming soon), so you can see what your friends and followers will see.

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As you’d expect, your Facebook and Twitter movie rating posts are linked to that movie’s detail pages on our web site.

But there is a sweet and clever feature: if you access the Facebook or Twitter App on your VUDU enabled TV or Blu-ray player with VUDU Apps, you are only one click away from watching a movie rated by a friend: All movie ratings posts are live within VUDU and clicking on the movie title in Facebook or Twitter will take you directly to that movie in the VUDU Movie service.

We will drive Facebook and Twitter integration deeper into the VUDU Movie service in the near future. Please share your ideas of how to best leverage social networking within our platform – just leave a comment below.

VUDU to be acquired by Walmart

VUDU_Logo (2)You’ve probably already heard by now (we’ve been too busy working on the deal to post), but VUDU is being acquired by Walmart (you can read the full press release here, and embedded below), and we’re very excited about it.  We love the team at Walmart we’re working with, and this deal will allow us to accelerate our vision for VUDU in ways we could never do on our own.  The release offers all the background, detail and information better than I can re-hash wal-mart-logohere, so please give it a read below.  Thanks for reading, and thanks as well for being our loyal customers.  Now, back to work…

Walmart Announces Acquisition of Digital Entertainment Provider, VUDU

Company takes next step to enhance home entertainment and information delivery options for consumers

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Feb. 22, 2010 — Walmart announced today a definitive agreement to acquire VUDU, Inc., a leading provider of digital technologies and services that enable the delivery of entertainment content directly to broadband high-definition TVs and Blu-ray players. The deal is expected to close within the next few weeks.

VUDU is a revolutionary service, built into a growing number of broadband-ready TVs and Blu-ray players, that delivers instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows directly through the television. Customers with broadband Internet access and an Internet-ready TV or Blu-ray player can rent or purchase movies, typically in high-definition, without needing a connected computer or cable/satellite service. New movies and features will be added continually, enabling customers to enjoy a product that continues to become more robust long after they have left the store.

“The real winner here is the customer,” said Eduardo Castro-Wright, vice chairman for Walmart. “Combining VUDU’s unique digital technology and service with Walmart’s retail expertise and scale will provide customers with unprecedented access to home entertainment options as they migrate to a digital environment.”

VUDU has licensing agreements with almost every major movie studio and dozens of independent and international distributors to offer approximately 16,000 movies, including the largest 1080p library of video on-demand movies available anywhere. Via their broadband Internet connection, users have the ability to rent or buy titles and begin viewing them instantly.

VUDU will continue developing entertainment and information delivery solutions such as VUDU Apps, a platform that delivers hundreds of streaming Internet applications and services to TVs and Blu-ray players with built-in Internet connectivity. VUDU has partnered with some of the leading names in Internet and media entertainment to offer applications on its platform including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, The New York Times and The Associated Press.

“We are excited about the opportunity to take our company’s vision to the next level,” said Edward Lichty, VUDU executive vice president. “VUDU’s services and Apps platform will give Walmart a powerful new vehicle to offer customers the content they want in a way that expands the frontier of quality, value and convenience.”

VUDU, based in Santa Clara, Calif., will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart. The company is not disclosing financial terms of the agreement as the acquisition is not material to its first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2011.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), or “Walmart,” serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,400 retail units under 53 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine’s 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

VUDU Gets Rave Review in NYT

Hot off the Web, David Pogue’s latest review of VUDU is just out, check it out here.  Nice to see some appreciation for the experience we’ve worked so hard to create.