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VUDU Adds 1080p HDX
VUDU HDX
October 02, 2008 | by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
The company is delivering Blu-ray-quality titles via a new video format.
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Posted by Bill Sheppard  on  10/02  at  02:38 PM

What about audio - any improved quality?

Posted by Rachel Cericola  on  10/02  at  02:48 PM

Bill: According to VUDU…

“HDX also offers the best available surround sound quality for Internet delivered movies with immersive, high resolution sound at a 40 percent higher bit-rate than standard surround sound DVDs.”

Posted by Bill Sheppard  on  10/02  at  02:53 PM

Sounds like that would be Dolby Digital at 640kbs rather than DVD’s 448kbs, which definitely pales in comparison to the various lossless and 7.1 options offered by Blu-ray.

Posted by Dan  on  10/02  at  09:08 PM

Pay $1,000.00 so I can Rent Movies and watch on one TV. with quality below Blu-ray, Because if it doesn’t have lossless audio it isn’t Blu-ray.

Or, I could buy a Blu-ray disc player for $300.00.
And for $18.00 per month basicily watch as many Blu-ray/DVD discs as I want thru Net Flix.

It’s a hard sell VUDO

Posted by Daniel  on  10/03  at  01:16 PM

“Pay $1,000.00 so I can Rent Movies and watch on one TV. with quality below Blu-ray, Because if it doesn’t have lossless audio it isn’t Blu-ray.”
You are a little mistaken. First off, the XL version of the unit with the terabyte hard disk drive is 1,000 and a rare unit to find at that. $300 dollars gets you the standard Vudu unit available at all Best Buy retailers.
Second, Vudu is not claiming to be Blu-Ray. What they are doing however, is offering near blu-ray quality video and audio that is better than DVD. Furthermore, they’re making sure you never have to go to a video store again, or wait while your netflix movies are mailed to you.
I think it’s a hell of a product!

Posted by Bill Sheppard  on  10/03  at  03:56 PM

“near blu-ray quality video and audio” remains to be seen.  Perhaps the video is close (assuming they are allocating enough bandwidth to match what Blu-ray can deliver), but on the audio side it’s very difficult to suggest 640kbit Dolby Digital is “near” lossless PCM, Dolby TrueHD, or DTS-HD MA in quality.

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