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Old 02-24-2009, 01:36 PM
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Santa Clara, CA, FEBRUARY 24, 2009 - VUDU, Inc., a leading provider of digital on-demand entertainment products and services, today announced it has achieved another industry milestone by becoming the first on-demand service to offer high definition movies for download to own on its popular 1080p Internet Movie Player. HD movies are available for purchase today to all Vudu owners.

Until now consumers have been restricted to renting HD movies from on-demand services, including VUDU's library of over 1,400 HD movies, the largest HD library in the world. Today VUDU unveiled a collection of over 50 HD movies from top independent studios that are available for both rental and download to own. Movies offered in this collection will be available for purchase in both instant HD and VUDU's industry-leading HDX format at the same price. HDX is the highest quality on-demand format available anywhere on cable, satellite, broadcast, or the Internet.

Magnolia Picture's Man on Wire, the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary that has been showered with critical praise and global film awards, is among the first titles to be offered for purchase in HD on VUDU, along with critically acclaimed Transsiberian and War, Inc. from FirstLook Studios.

"Consumers are clamoring for the ability to own digitally-delivered titles in high definition, especially in our HDX format, and we are excited to be the first in the industry to meet this consumer need," said Edward Lichty, VUDU's EVP of Strategy and Content. "This is a watershed event for the industry as well, signaling the studios' recognition of and confidence in digital delivery as an increasingly important part of their business. We expect to see a continuing expansion of digital rights in the coming months."

FirstLook Studios, Kino, and Magnolia Pictures are among the independent studios offering films for sale on VUDU in HD. VUDU plans to offer every HD release from these studios for purchase as they are added to the service, day and date with DVD release. All current films and subsequent additions to this HD collection will be available to purchase in instant HD and VUDU's industry-leading HDX format.

"We are thrilled to work with VUDU to offer our new releases for sale in HD when they are released on DVD," said Dean Wilson, Chief Operating Officer of FirstLook Studios. "We continue to explore every channel for distribution, and the emerging digital platform that reaches consumers in their homes directly on their HDTVs via VUDU is an important new channel for us."

"VUDU has been and continues to be at the forefront of expanding digital distribution for the industry and consumers," said Jeff Cuban, Vice President of Magnolia Pictures. "Consumers want to watch great content in their living room and they want it in HD. We are excited to be on the leading edge of offering consumers the ability to purchase an HD movie and enjoy the full rights to watch it as much as they like and for as long as they like."

High definition titles purchased from VUDU can be stored on the consumer's VUDU box or in the VUDU Vault, a free online storage option for movies and TV shows that enables consumers to free up disk space while still retaining access to all their purchased titles. Movies are priced between $13.99 and $23.99.

VUDU's library of more than 14,000 movies and TV episodes, including more than 1,400 HD films, is updated weekly with new releases and library titles. VUDU is the only service to offer both instant start HD and HDX, the highest quality on-demand format available anywhere. Designed to deliver an optimized cinematic experience to owners of 40-inch and larger HDTVs and projectors, HDX with VUDU's TruFilm™ technology features a virtually artifact free 1080p picture and immersive, high definition sound.

Additionally, VUDU offers access to popular Internet based content, from video, music and photos from popular sites such as YouTube, Flikr, and to games and social networking applications, directly on the TV, all easily accessible using the VUDU remote control with no need for a PC.

About VUDU:

VUDU is a leading provider of digital technologies and services that deliver Internet entertainment to consumers' HDTVs and Home Theaters. VUDU's 1080p Internet Movie Players, the VUDU HD, VUDU XL and VUDU XL2 are designed to deliver tens of thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows directly to HDTVs. All versions support native instant start HD as well as HDX, and automatically upscale standard resolution movies. All movies are displayed in 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second, the cinematic gold standard.

Through relationships with every major US 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. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com/.
Limited selection, and not that cheap, but indicates how on-demand is continuing to offer alternatives to physical media.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:46 PM
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Limited selection, and not that cheap
You can say that again. I just bought First Look's Transsiberian on BD for $11.49. Much better than "between $13.99 and $23.99" (which will likely be nearer the top for HDX).
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Of course, you bought Transsiberrian when it was on sale - its normal BD price is $20+.

0 interest in owning a HD Digital Download. Streaming is one thing....but owning? Pass.
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Of course, you bought Transsiberrian when it was on sale - its normal BD price is $20+.
So it's fair to compare the price of a catalog BD to the bargain-bin DVD, but it's not fair to compare the BD and the download because the BD is on sale and the download isn't?

(edit: I just did a search and most if not all of First Look's BD titles are $13.99 or less on amazon).

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0 interest in owning a HD Digital Download. Streaming is one thing....but owning? Pass.
Same here. Of course, I can't even use Vudu from this part of the planet, so it's an empty threat on my part...

(I bypassed Blu-ray region encoding with a simple player import ).
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Movies are priced between $13.99 and $23.99.
And people piss and moan about the idea of spending $20 for a Blu ray disc?

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And it's not like a digital download service would ever consider offering titles on "sale" at different times...



If you compare the "list price" of the downloads to the sale pricing for the then of course it will give skewed results.

Try comparing the MSRP of the media to the VUDU HD pricing for a better comparison.

Assuming that VUDU will be offering "sales and specials" once the media has been up for sale for a while then I would imagine that the pricing would look a little more equitable at that point.
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Keep in mind too, with the BD copy vs the download copy you will also get extra features (well usually), and typically lossless audio as well.

My impression that the pricing between downloads and Blu-Ray (to own) is basically a wash. But you get more with Blu-Ray (better PQ, AQ, extras, etc). If owning the HDX quality download was considerably cheaper, it might be a nice alternative. But in some cases, it looks like it will cost even more and I like having a physical disc with a case.
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Take Magnolia's Chocolate:

You can buy it physically for $17.99 (DVD), $23.99 (BD) and digitally "from $19.99" on the vudu site:
http://www.vudu.com/movies/Title/Cho...=24&viewType=1

I can't see the actual prices for SD, HD and HDX because you need to log in. Any customers here?
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How's the quality. If it's TNT-level, I'm definitely not in. And how big are the downloads?
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How's the quality. If it's TNT-level, I'm definitely not in. And how big are the downloads?
From what I have read, the standard HD quality is on par or slightly better than upconverted DVD. The HDX quality is slightly worse than Blu-Ray, but better than upconverted DVD and slightly better than cable/sat.

But the HDX downloads are not fast. They throttle you and a 2 hour movie, from what I have gathered, should take about 4 hours to download. So it is something you will need to plan ahead for. But they do give you the ability to log in via the web and start your download. So you could log in via your iPhone at noon and the download should be waiting for you by the time you get home.
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