September 03, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
Is Vudu giving Netflix a run for its money?
The movie service, which includes more than 2,200 high-def titles within its 16,000-plus library, continues to extend its reach in Netflix-like fashion. After teaming up with LG earlier this week, Vudu has announced that it’s on-demand library will be available on Mitsubishi’s Diamond Unisen Immersive Sound LCD sets.
It was made available on Vizio TVs earlier this year. Of course, notable about Vudu is that the service also streams YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and Pandora services, plus more than 80 “On Demand TV” channels.
With Mitsubishi, Vudu will be coming to the Diamond Unisen models LT-46249 and LT-52249 ($2,599 for the 46-inch; $3,099 for the 52-inch, respectively), which feature the company’s integrated 18-speaker Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound system and Variable Smooth 240 Film Motion processing.
That should help make those standard-definition, HD and HDX titles from Vudu look and sound pretty sweet, especially those offered in 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 sound. The Diamond Unisens include an Ethernet port, but you can also grab an optional Vudu wireless accessory bridge to connect wirelessly.
On top of that, if you own one of the Unisens and activate your Vudu account by July 16, 2010, you’ll get a $50 credit toward rentals valid for 60 days after your account activation. That’s plenty of viewing to keep you occupied for a couple of months.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.