Sources claim Walmart has plans to roll out its movie and video streaming service Vudu internationally. Vudu wants to complete more on the global front with Netflix and other players in the TV and movie streaming business. The first stop for Vudu is expected to be Mexico this June according to sources.
Does the world need yet another 1080p media streamer? D-Link seem to think so, today announcing the MovieNite DSM-310. As you would expect, it streams video and audio from various internet services, and it's relatively cheap to boot.
When you buy a movie from everyone's favorite mega jumbo giant retailer, you'll now be given the option of purchasing a digital copy of the film as well. The idea is that customers should think of digital copies as add-ons to their physical disc purchase. The additional fees will be $2 for standard-definition movies and $5 for HD. Either option is available regardless of which format you buy the movie on.
When Apple started to force a revenue share with any company with an app that required a subscription, many of the companies were not happy. Some just rendered unto Jobs, what belongs to Jobs. Others decided to make a workaround to avoid those extra payments. The first to skirt the Apple system was Amazon with its Kindle iPad service where it offered the services as a web offering rather than an app.
VUDU's streaming movie service can now be found on Sony's latest Blu-ray players, with a choice of 1080p 2D and 3D pay-per-view titles available. Promising 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound and, in many cases, availability on the same day as DVDs go on sale, the VUDU movies can be watched in 3D on Sony's 3D-enabled hardware.
VUDU has announced that the new 2.0 interface is going out today to most VUDU-enabled HDTVs and Blu-Ray players, as well as PS3 and Boxee Box users. The updated interface speeds access to movies as well as introducing recommendations based on viewing history; in an imminent update, PS3 users will also be able to navigate the UI via their Move controller.
Boxee has added VUDU support to the Boxee Box by D-Link, as promised, with US users of the streaming media cube now able to access rented and purchased content. The Boxee STB supports VUDU's HDX format, for 24fps 1080p HD with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.
As you know from back in November when it was totally teased, VUDU is releasing its 2.0 user interface soon - turns out soon is today! This new version features a new system based on tabs, employing personalized recommendations, and including enhanced browse and filter capabilities. Also included in this update is support for motion-based input devices like PS3 Movie, mice, and pointer remote controls.
Oh my goodness! Vudu is back in a big way, yes? This most recent resurgence covers Panasonic's DMP-BDT350 (with full HD 3D), DMP-BDT300 (with full HD 3D), DMP-BDT100 (with full HD 3D), DMP-BD85, DMP-BD65, and DMP-B500 (the portable Blu-ray disc player). Starting November 24th, all of these devices will get complete access to the Vudu library - that is 4,000+ 1080p movies, all of them streaming, all of them promising to be totally frigging amazing. This system will work something like RedBox, with each title being available for $2 for a two-night rental. Firmware updates are on the way.
Today we talk about, believe it or not, methane powered computers! Better hope you don't get too close to a heat source. Uh oh. Then there's a Berlin showing of some fantastic looking color e-paper, sponsored by Bridgestone, Epson, and Samsung, but made by an unknown producer. Then PALM throws down the gauntlet saying they'll reclaim their smartphone "birthright" soon, and BYD Alice Tegra 2 Froyo tablet wants a chomp of the tablet market too. All this and MORE on todays SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!