Entertainment &Hardware &Video Rental Steven Kippel on 11 Sep 2009

Vudu now embedded in LG HDTVs

Vudu now embedded in LG HDTVs

LG logoWith online streaming services becoming more and more ubiquitous, Vudu’s set-top box was being left behind. Now a partnership with LG Electronics will expand their potential market and allow them to compete with the likes of Amazon Video On Demand, Netflix, and YouTube.

The LH50 series LCD flat panel televisions and PS80 series plasma displays receive a software upgrade allowing download of Vudu content in high-definition, including high bitrate 1080p/24fps video. These TVs are already compatible with Netflix, YouTube, Yahoo! Widgets, and Flickr.

While converging technologies is generally a good thing, I would rather see these streaming capabilities in an A/V receiver with NAS support. Another concern is with so many services provided, you’re on a hunt every time to find which service provides what titles – or you have an overabundance of the same title from many sources. One company feels this has a solution and I’ll write about it soon.

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