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Thread: Vudu TV Set-Top Box: 5,000 Movies, Instantly

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    Cool Vudu TV Set-Top Box: 5,000 Movies, Instantly

    This sounds like the coolest device but the selection of movies will be the key to its success.

    GG

    Vudu TV Set-Top Box: 5,000 Movies, Instantly

    Thu Sep 6, 2007 12:03PM EDT

    Want a collection of 5,000 movies that you can start watching immediately, at the press of a button? The Vudu set-top box just might be the answer, and it'll arrive on store shelves in a matter of weeks.

    I blogged about Vudu back in April; now that we're closer to the launch date, more details have emerged, and David Pogue of the New York Times even has a hands-on review. According to Pogue, the $400 set-top box boasts impressive, DVD-level quality (competitors such as Apple TV and the Xbox Video Marketplace suffer from sub-DVD image quality with their standard-def offerings), an easy-to-use remote, an Ethernet port (no need for a PC), and a 250GB hard drive, capable of storing 100 full movies. Videos start the moment you click "play"—that's because the Vudu stores the first 30 seconds of all available movies locally, and downloads chunks of movies from other Vudu users (see my original post for more details). While the $400 price tag is a bit pricey, there's no monthly subscription fee; you can rent movies for $2 to $4 (with a 24-hour viewing window) or buy videos for $15 to $20.

    Sounds cool, but of course, the Vudu will live and die according to its selection of movies, which (according to Pogue, at least) is a bit spotty. Sure, plenty of hits are available, including "300" and "Blades of Glory," but some recent titles, such as "The Departed," are missing, and there are plenty of Z-grade stinkers. That said, Vudu execs say they hope to have more than 10,000 titles, including HD movies, available in the coming months.

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    I would really doubt the ability of such a service to reliably deliver on their promises. It seems to be a simple peer to peer system and that is very much dependant on the other users of the network. Not to mention your internet connection. To be able to stream a movie at near DVD quality is beyond the ability of most current internet connections.

    Personally I prefer to use bittorrent.
    Selection of movies and television programming: virtually unlimited.
    Set up cost: 0
    Subscription cost: 0
    And most recent titles are available weeks before they hit the video stores.

    Techman
    And the Lord said unto John, "Come forth and receive eternal life." But John came fifth and won a toaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techman
    Personally I prefer to use bittorrent.
    Selection of movies and television programming: virtually unlimited.
    Set up cost: 0
    Subscription cost: 0
    And most recent titles are available weeks before they hit the video stores.

    Techman,

    What is bittorrent?

    GG

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Gonad
    Techman,

    What is bittorrent?

    GG

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyrig...nt_of_software

    ... ...

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    GG, if you do a search there was a thread in the past that explained just about everything I know about it. If you can't find it, I would be happy to give you a quick tutorial. Let me know. You can check out this link for an idea of what's available...

    http://www.rlslog.net/

    Techman
    And the Lord said unto John, "Come forth and receive eternal life." But John came fifth and won a toaster.

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    Talking

    Quote Originally Posted by Techman
    GG, if you do a search there was a thread in the past that explained just about everything I know about it. If you can't find it, I would be happy to give you a quick tutorial. Let me know. You can check out this link for an idea of what's available...

    http://www.rlslog.net/
    Thanks that link brought up an image of one bad ass lion;don't f@ck with him when he is horny.

    GG

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