$400 Set-Top Box: Will You Vudu?
Another set-top box aims to deliver the best (and worst) that video-on-demand has to offer.
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VUDU has partnerships with all of the major Hollywood studios and 20 independent and international studios and distributors.
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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.

 

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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