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VUDU Set Top Box for Movies On Demand

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  • Instant access - choose your movie and watch it immediately on your TV. With cable or premium DSL speed, a standard definition movie starts in 2 seconds.
  • No computer required - VUDU uses a high-speed broadband Internet connection to deliver movies directly to your television. We recommend a bandwidth of 2.0 Mbps (usually advertised by ISPs as 3.0 Mbps.)
  • No subscription or activation fees, no long-term contract. Just pay per movie rental or purchase.
  • Thousands of movies - VUDU offers approximately 6,000 films from every major studio and numerous independent distributors. New titles are added ever week, so you'll always have new movies to watch.
  • High-quality audio and video - VUDU's proprietary encoding, decoding, and up-converting technologies enable HDTVs to display their best capabilities. While it's HD ready, VUDU is compatible with most TVs.
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 15 pounds
  • ASIN: B000VEMJFY
  • Item model number: BX100
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,896 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 30, 2007

Product Description

Movie Fans... Welcome to Digital Heaven Having VUDU in your home means never having to go to the video store again. Movies On-Demand - Access over a vast library of movies and TV titles from all Hollywood studios and leading independent distributors directly from your HDTV. New Movies Weekly - Watch newly released movies the same day the DVD becomes available. No worrying about it being in-stock at the video store, or having to queue it up online. Even watch the trailer before you decide to rent or buy. HDXTM Movies - Only VUDU offers the highest quality internet-delivered format, HDX, featuring true 1080p HD, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. World's Largest HD Library - With over 2000 HD titles VUDU has the largest collection available anywhere, physical media included. VUDU Labs - Access millions of free videos and photos from popular Internet sites like YouTube, Flickr and Picasa, free On-demand television and games, plus free Internet radio from Pandora. Instant Convenience - Having VUDU means that you don't need to plan anymore. With a large catalog of new releases and library titles available instantly you will never need to drive or wait for the mail again. No Subscription - VUDU is available without a monthly subscription or contract. Rent or buy high definition and standard definition movies whenever you like - only pay for what you watch.

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Customer Reviews

The user interface is great and easy to use.
LessThanZero
So - I get to buy movies and store them on the local hard drive, but I can't offload them to any other device and can't add additional storage.
Jonathan Brill
No other provider offers more HD movie titles.
A. W. Thompson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Alexander T. Baird on December 11, 2007
Vudu's combination of solid Standard Def and High Def video performance, stable hardware/software, easy to use interface, ease of setup and instantaneous playback make it the closest product yet to the "killer" internet based movie delivery platform. But for a few small improvements and one very critical issue with the studios, vudu could be the next way most of us watch movies on demand.

First the good news:
* Video quality is excellent on the SD content and outstanding on the HD. On Hot Fuzz (SD) there were NO discernable artifacts and the upscaled pic (1080p) on my RS1 FP was as good as the same movie I saw upscaled on my Toshiba XA2. The HD on the Bourne movies was very good and compares favorably to any HD DVD or Blu-Ray that I have. Video quality is nailed on this product.

* Interface is excellent. Quick to browse. The search function is fast and filtering results are relevant . Interface is the best I have seen for a video service.

*Setup is very simple. I would have no problem giving this to any tech challenged family member who has the prerequisite network requirements. Also it comes with all the cables you need to set it up on your HD tv, including HDMI and cat 5 network patch.

* Customer service is readily accessible and responsive by both phone and email. They seem to be solidly behind their product.

*The software and firmware on the unit is being updated regularly. It appears VUDU is commited to making requested changes and fixes on a regular basis. New features (such as TV and HD content) are being rolled out quickly to customers.

*Movie load speed is instantaneous on the features I have watched so far. No lag or glitches in playback.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chopper on December 11, 2007
I received my Vudu last week. Set up was a breeze. Just make sure you have an ethernet/power/HDMI or Component connections nearby.

As far as looks and functionality, they are spot on. This box is made from the same guys that brought you Tivo, which is a GOOD thing. Simple and intuitive menus make toying around on the unit a joy. The remote, while funky looking, feels great in the hand and works like a charm.

As far as content goes, while large at 5000+ videos, was lacking a little in the new release category. I'm a big movie buff, so perhaps its because I seen alot of them already. Xbox Live has a much better selection right now of newer movies... and movies in HD.

Another quibble was the purchase/rent options. Some movies are only for rent, some movies are only for purchase. There seems to be no consistency here. You just have to hope you get the right movie with the option you are looking for.

I am a huge Mac fan. And I purchased this unit over AppleTV. Why?

Because of content!

I firmly believe, that whichever of these companies figures out how to get HD content onto their boxes first, with good studio backing, will not only be the clear cut winner of home movie boxes, but be the winner of the HD format period. And yes, I'm talking about YOU HD-DVD/BluRay!!!!

So Vudu... get it done. You are in the perfect position to do so.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Tabb on November 16, 2007
Having lived with a VUDU for the last couple of months, I can honestly say it has changed the way we enjoy our video experence.
Being able to select a movie to watch at the moment you start to watch is a wonderful experence, If the guys come by we can pick a "guys" movie, if the wife wants to see a "romantic" movie we pick one. If we are lucky to have the kids with us we can pick one that satisfies them.
With over 5,000 movies there is something for everyone.
The quality is great on my 52" LCD tv, better than DVD, plus no trips to the video store or waiting for the mailman, they are all in my VUDU.
This is truly a great product.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jason of New Jersey on November 11, 2007
First off...I really do like this box. It has a wide selection of movies available for download, movies look good for Standard Definition (more on that later), and the navigation is better than all other products in this category. Here are my areas of concerns that VUDU could (and probably will) improve:
1. HD content. I know it is coming, so I won't dwell. But, it is lacking right now in this area.
2. RF Remote is great if you are placing the VUDU in a room out of view. But, If you want to use one remote for your whole theater, you are out of luck. I think having the ability to accept IR and RF would be a nice (and let's face it, inexpensive) option.
3. The remote that you are forced to use fits nicely in your hand, but it rolls away when you set it down. It is shaped like a flawed fortune cookie.
4. Also, I know this is a studio thing, but the ability to stream the purchased video to another piece of hardware is almost expected now from new, cutting edge devices. Streaming video from your computer to the VUDU would be nice too.

Don't get me wrong, the VUDU is great and kicks the butt of my MovieBeam (except in the HD department for now), I just want more.

As a final note. The VUDU actually comes with an HDMI cable! NONE of the HD products sitting under the tree this year come one, so roll that into the price when making your decision.
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