VUDU Extends HD On-Demand Service to LG Blu-Ray Players

Sep 9, 2009
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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.

“Our goal as a company is to offer the best possible HD movie service to the broadest possible audience,” said Alain Rossmann, CEO of VUDU. “By adding the top-rated LG BD390 Blu-ray player to the lineup of VUDU-enabled products, we’ve made it easier than ever for customers to enjoy the VUDU experience.”

VUDU promotes some hefty features to their service, like instant viewing, where there is no problem with buffering or other delays. Viewers can also fast forward and rewind whenever they want, as well as browse chapters. VUDU delivers its videos with a unique HDX format, which delivers true 1080p resolution. VUDU is also the only on-demand service to offer Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.

But what's huge, is the fact that there is no monthly subscription fees, along with purchasing movies, or renting them. Plus, they have the largest HD movie database available, with now over 2,200 titles available, in HD or HDX formatting. New releases are also available the same day as their physical counterparts, which means we are getting closer and closer to not having to venture into our favorite electronics stores. The LG BD390 is available right now, in retailers nationwide, for an estimated price of $399, but the VUDU connectivity will be available later this month via a free upgrade.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 9, 2009 – VUDU, Inc.’s industry-leading on-demand high definition (HD) movie service is now available on the BD390 Network Blu-ray Disc player from LG Electronics, giving consumers a whole new way to access the largest on-demand HD library of Hollywood movies in their living rooms, the company announced today.

VUDU continues to work with top consumer electronics manufacturers to become more accessible to customers who want to rent or buy major Hollywood movies in high definition. The VUDU service, already available on flat-panel HDTVs, uniquely delivers the largest available HD movie library of instantly-viewable movies in 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound and provides customers with VUDU’s superior user experience for finding and watching movies in high definition.

“Our goal as a company is to offer the best possible HD movie service to the broadest possible audience,” said Alain Rossmann, CEO of VUDU. “By adding the top-rated LG BD390 Blu-ray player to the lineup of VUDU-enabled products, we’ve made it easier than ever for customers to enjoy the VUDU experience.”

Some of VUDU’s key features include:
Instant viewing experience: unlike typical Internet and on-demand video streaming, VUDU movies start immediately, and viewers can fast forward, rewind and browse chapters without the delays or the frustration associated with buffering
Highest quality video: VUDU's unique HDX format delivers true 1080p resolution and TruFilm encoding enhancements, now available for the first time on an instant-start basis
Immersive sound: VUDU is the only on-demand service to deliver Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound at all video quality levels
No monthly fees: customers can instantly buy or rent from VUDU's extensive library of standard and high definition movie and TV titles without any monthly service charges
Largest HD library anywhere: over 2,200 titles are available in HD or HDX format
New releases: Newly-released titles from all major studios are available the same day as DVD release, typically months before they are available on subscription-based services

LG’s BD390 networked Blu-ray player transforms and personalizes the home theater experience by offering a stellar array of entertainment options. In addition to its broadband capabilities, the BD390 offers exceptional “Full HD” 1080p video performance and exceptional image quality from standard DVDs with 1080p up-scaling via HDMI output. The BD390 is also equipped for easy connection to the home network and has one gigabyte (GB) of built-in memory for BD Live functionality.

Model BD390 with LG’s “NetCast Entertainment Access” feature is available now at nationwide retailers at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399. VUDU connectivity will be available at the end of the month via a free upgrade.

About VUDU
VUDU is a leading provider of digital technologies and services that deliver Internet entertainment to consumers’ HDTVs. The VUDU entertainment service supports native instant start HD and, for the first time, instant-start HDX, which, with 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second, the cinematic gold standard, is the highest quality on demand format available anywhere. Through relationships with every major U.S. movie studio and more than 40 independent studios and distributors, VUDU offers a vast array of on-demand choices at the highest quality. The VUDU collection is constantly updated, and newly released movies from major studios are available on the same day as the DVD is released. Consumers can finally watch great movies without the hassles associated with traditional services: no driving, no mailing, and no monthly fee.

[via VUDU]


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