Posted by: hmillic | September 18, 2007

The VuDu: Video Store in a Box

The Vudu box is a great sign for things to come in digital movies ! The VuDu box is an interactive media device used to distribute full length movies to any television, using peer-to-peer TV technology. The box has secretly been in development since 2004, but in April of this year, The New York Times revealed that Vudu Inc. had been signing deals with several major movie distributors and studios to deliver access to the over 5,000 movies currently in the company’s collection. Unlike other movie download service, like Apple TV, the VuDu does not require a computer or cable box, just access to high speed broadband connections. Movies are streamed a broadband ethernet connection in MPEG format. For a comparison of the VuDu box, and AppleTv, click here.

I’m excited to see where this technology takes us. This is the kind of thing that will make video stores, and even Netflix, obsolete. I’m just hoping that the catalog is going to include the kind of movies that I like, because even though 5,000 movies may sound like a lot, Netflix claims it has more than 65,000 titles to choose from. They’re going to have to up the ante in the selection if they’re going to live up to all the buzz. Most of my favorite movies arn’t exactly popular and probably arn’t going to be available for downloading in the near future. I know I’m not going to invest in one until I know more than just the blockbusters are going to be included.

Either way, its a big step in the right direction, and it’s certainly going to make a big impression in the home entertainment business.

Here’s a few more photos of the Vudu:


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