The word’s out today from the NY Times that that Wal-Mart is set to acquire Vudu, the online movie streaming service in an acquisition set to be worth approximately $100 million. Additional information and the full press release can be found after the break.
Vudu (of Vudu Box fame) introduced Vudu Apps today, a platform delivering hundreds of internet applications and services to HDTVs by Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Sharp, and Toshiba. Toshiba will also integrate Vudu Apps in to their line of internet-capable Blu-Ray players.
In comparison to their huge 2010 LCD range, LG's new plasma HDTVs are conspicuous by their scarcity: the company have announced a mere eight new sets at CES 2010. Among those six, however, are some impressive sounding beasts and some mighty fine design. LG's TruSlim Frame models, for instance, the PK550 and PJ350, have bezels just 0.9-inches wide; all of the 2010 sets are around two-inches deep, too, and LG have shaved off considerable weight as well.
LG's CES 2010 LCD HDTV line-up may not be quite as technologically impressive as Toshiba's CELL-packing ZX900, but it certainly dwarfs it in terms of sheer number of models. The company have announced a full 39 different HDTVs, ranging from the entry-level LD350 which kicks off at a modest 19-inches, through to the Infinia LE9500 flagship with up to 55-inch panels, skinny 8.5mm bezels, Full HD 1080p, Skype videocalls (assuming you plug in a webcam), 3D-ready support and streaming media from Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, Napster and Yahoo! Widgets.
VUDU has appeared at least a few times here, and it looks like they just couldn't wait to do it again. And while VUDU isn't a stranger to LG products, it looks like a particular Blu-Ray player is set to get the On-Demand love right now. The LG BD390 is no longer bound by physical media only, as it will soon be able to reach out to VUDU's huge digital market, and pull down from more than 2,000 available titles, right there on the spot.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America has announced today that they've begun to ship their VUDU Integrated, 1080p Flat Panel LCD TVs today, all of which incorporate their Diamond models of Unisen Immersive Sound. These TVs will provide the ability for the customer to seamlessly deliver high definition (HD) movies and television shows to their sets on demand, whenever they want.
VUDU have announced that they have partnered with LG to put their on-demand IPTV system into the latter's HDTVs. Rather than demanding a separate VUDU box, the LG "NetCast" range of TVs will be able to access on-demand rental or purchase of HD and 1080p Full HD titles, with a system that VUDU promise will see no stuttering or buffering delays.
Looks like VUDU got onto something valuable here. They have just added a bunch of movies from the Disney catalog, allowing people to purchase and download about 60 new titles for expanded entertainment.
Vudu will soon be offering its movies on a third-party set-top box, changing up their title and adding the function of service provider to their already able hardware manufacturer moniker. Who is this third-party company in question? That would be Entone.
More online Vudu service is available to its subscribers today. The Pandora Internet radio service extends company’s Rich Internet Application (RIA) platform web-based video streaming to offer online music for its on-demand box.