September 11, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
LG Electronics and on-demand movie rental service Vudu are covering their bases pretty well these days.
LG announced at CEDIA Expo 2009 this week that the company will add Vudu to its very full-featured BD390 Blu-ray player as a firmware upgrade later this month.
That just adds to the crazy amount of video streaming and viewing options available for the wireless BD390 ($399), to go with YouTube, Netflix, CinemaNow, your networked video files supported and, of course, actual 1080p high-def Blu-rays (and regular ol’ DVDs).
For Vudu, it gives the service a pretty nice trifecta of recent partnership activity—we’ll count the one it already had with LG. Prior to CEDIA the company had announced it would be able to stream its videos (plus other services it features such as Pandora web radio and Flickr photo sharing) directly from the latest LG and Mitsubishi networked televisions.
The Netflix and CinemaNow services are nice for the BD390, but Netflix’s high-definition offerings in its “Watch Instantly” service don’t measure up to Vudu’s 2,200 HD offerings, which include 1080p video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround audio selections. Lemme guess—we’ll see Amazon’s video-on-demand service on the BD390 next?
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