July 29, 2009
| by Steve Crowe
LG Electronics is bringing Vudu video-on-demand (VOD) to its NetCast HDTVs beginning in August 2009.
Vudu movies will be available on LG’s LH50 1080p LCDs, which already offer Netflix streaming, and PS80 plasmas. Existing owners of those TVs will also be able to stream Vudu movies.
Users will be able to buy or rent HD and HDX movies on an interface that is promising no delays or slow buffering. There’s also instant fast forward, rewind and instant start, and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.
Vizio, which has no monthly fees, seems to be popping up everywhere lately. Not only was Vudu recently added to Vizio’s Connected HDTVs, the company now also:
LG plans to roll out Vudu streaming on future Broadband HDTV models. And with LG streaming Netflix on its BD300 Blu-ray Player, it only seems logical for Vudu streaming to be added to Blu-ray players as well.
This LG and Vudu partnership is just one of the latest reasons consumers are adopting connected TVs. Streaming options abound, and there are only more to come. In recent weeks, Sony added Netflix streaming to its BRAVIA connected TVs, while Samsung added BlockBuster OnDemand to its HDTVs.
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