September 18, 2007
| by Rachel Cericola
Another video-on-demand box is about to descend upon living rooms everywhere—or at least somewhere.
The Vudu set-top box is now available for online purchase, and will be shipping by the end of the month. The box has a 250GB hard drive, and access to about 5,000 movies at the touch of a button.
Of course, such access to entertainment does not come cheap. It’s $399, which seems to be steep to people that already have a set-top box, HBO, etc. In other words, we’ve seen it before and we’re wondering if any of these things will ever take off a la TiVo.
David Pogue of “The New York Times” wrote up a review, but you have to be a Times subscriber to access it. However, if you’ve got four minutes to kill, you can watch Pogue act out his experience via video. Bottom line: He seems to like it.
He also got to play around with it for free. Movies are $2 to $4 for a 24-hour viewing period. You can also buy them for the price of a standard DVD.
Like Pogue, Gizmodo’s recent experience was that there just weren’t enough good titles to keep the entertainment-hungry happy. The company, however, says they plan to have 10,000 movies available soon, and some even in HD.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.