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Vudu Box


$295.00 Released September, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Internet streaming of movies on your TV. Supports 1080p/24 fps with HDMI output. Innovate remote with scroll wheel.

The Cons:No PC streaming support. Doesn't work with universal infrared remotes. No built-in WiFi.

Vudu Box is a set-top box for watching full-length movies using the Internet. Connect Vudu to your television and to the Internet with its built-in Ethernet port, and you can rent or buy full-length movies from the Vudu in either DVD or HD quality.

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Product Shot 2 The unit itself sells for $299 and there are no monthly service fees; movies can be rented (available for 24hrs) for around $1-4 and bought for around $5-25. In October 2008, Vudu Inc. announced HDX, a full HD video format available throuh the the Vudu service. You can also connect your Vudu to your Netflix account and stream via their service as well. Vudu includes full-connectivity to your home theater with component and HDMI v1.1 outputs along with digital optical and digital coaxial audio with 5.1 surround sound. Installation is simple, requiring you to connect Vudu to your Internet enabled home network, and to your home theater in a similar fashion as a DVD player, cable box, or gaming console. Holiday pricing has Vudu available for a reduced price of $99 with a mandatory $50 movie credit.

Features

  • set-top box for watching full-length movies over the Internet
  • uses P2P technology to share bandwidth with other Vudu users
  • connectivity: HDMI v1.1, Component, Composite, S-Video, Optical audio, Digital coax, RCA audio and video, Ethernet (no WiFi), USB
  • quality: DVD and HD quality availability, supports up to 1080p/24, upscales SD movies to HD
  • HDX full high-definition format available as of October 2008 
  • Netflix support
  • surround sound: movies are encoded with Dolby Digital Plus, and output as Dolby Digital 5.1
  • movie price: $1-4 to rent (available for 24 hrs), $5-25 to buy
  • unit price: $295 (reduced from $400 after the new Apple TV was announced at MacWorld)
  • capacity: 250 GB hard drive (100 hrs of DVD-quality)
  • bandwidth: 2.0 Mbps for real-time DVD streaming, 4.0 for real-time HD (less will buffer content)
  • remote: unique design with RF and Infrared capabilities (22 ft. range with line of sight)
  • release: September 2007

What's Included

  • VUDU Box
  • VUDU Remote
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Composite Video with Analog Stereo Audio Cable
  • Power Supply & AC Cord
  • RF Antenna
  • 2 AA Batteries
  • Quick-start Guide

User Reviews (10)

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Pros
  • 4

    Internet streaming of movies on your TV

  • 3

    Supports 1080p/24 fps with HDMI output

  • 3

    Innovate remote with scroll wheel

  • 2

    Excellent video and audio quality

  • 2

    No monthly fees

  • 2

    Movies can be rented or bought and stored

  • 2

    Simple setup and installation

  • 2

    Decent, ever-expanding movie database

  • 2

    Excellent user-interface with smart filtering

  • 2

    No monthly fees

  • 1

    Uses P2P technology, keeping Vudu costs down

  • 1

    Can stream from Netflix or Vudu service

  • 1

    Large 250 GB hard drive

  • 1

    Wireless kit available

  • 1

    $99 pricing for Xmas 2008

Cons
  • 6

    No PC streaming support

  • 6

    Doesn't work with universal infrared remotes

  • 4

    No built-in WiFi

  • 2

    Can't upload movies from Vudu to your mobile device

  • 2

    24 hour viewing period for rentals

  • 2

    Not availabe in Canada (yet)

  • 1

    More costly than Netflix and Blockbuster subscriptions with fewer titles

  • 1

    HDMI 1.1 = no audio

Comments (3)

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dibuu
dibuu: #vudu_box Now VUDU Codes $2.50 , Hulu+ , T-Mobile Prepaid TopUP and many more AT&T Go Mobile Phone Cards , STEAM cards and UGC as well as Refill PIN's are available to buy online! I seen new digital delivery auctions on dibuu.com few sellers offer them for real good price. Also seen on 4saleusa with Virgin Mobile Top Up store and Netstrada.com which got Apple iTunes Certificates , PSN, Xbox Live, Hulu+ Subscription and New VUDU for incredible low promotional prices emailed Internationally. Apr 1, 13
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GT-D
GT-D: #vudu_box yeah, I was really surprised this doesnt do that as well - otherwise its a great idea o_O Feb 5, 08
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Omar
Omar: #vudu_box Not being able to stream content from your PC to the Vudu and no built in wifi are both dealbreakers for me. Come on, this is 2008. Feb 5, 08
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