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Vudu bows new Internet applications platform

Tue, 12/16/2008 - 7:15am
Mike Robuck

Internet TV provider Vudu announced a new platform today that was designed to bring Web-based applications and services into devices such as its Internet movie player.

The standards-based Vudu RIA (Rich Internet Application) platform includes games and programs from Flickr, Picasa and the entire YouTube library, as well as a new “On Demand TV” area with more than 120 channels. The services and applications, which are available today, are located in a new area of Vudu’s homepage, which is called Vudu Labs.

"Vudu RIA enables us to quickly open up huge libraries of Web-based content to TVs in living rooms around America," said Edward Lichty, executive vice president of strategy and content. "We are excited to deliver both high-quality TV shows, as well as Web applications which enable our customers to share their photos and watch the tens of millions of YouTube videos on their HDTVs."

Vudu RIA is targeted at today's low-power set-top boxes and Internet appliances and delivers a fast user experience on a 300 MHz embedded processor with 128MB of RAM. The platform will be opened up to third-party developers in the first half of next year.

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