Vudu expands streaming to Blu-ray, HDTV vendors

Mon, 01/11/2010 - 7:20am
Mike Robuck

Vudu announced last week that its streaming Internet services will be available as an embedded platform on broadband home theaters, HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players (BDPs) from LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba and Vizio.

In addition, Vudu said its new Apps applications platform would be available on broadband HDTVs from Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Sharp and Toshiba, as well as on broadband Blu-ray disc players from Toshiba.

“In 2010, millions of broadband HDTVs and BDPs will ship to consumers with Vudu installed. It's a great achievement for Vudu and a fantastic opportunity to deliver the Vudu experience to consumers across the United States,” said Alain Rossmann, chairman and CEO of Vudu. “In just six months, from the time we launched on our first HDTV, we’ve increased our footprint more than tenfold. By delivering a cloud-based architecture, we have made it incredibly easy for our CE partners to embed Vudu into more products, while at the same time enabling the service to be continuously updated – to the delight of our end-users.”

Also last week, Netflix announced agreements with five global consumer electronics companies that will introduce Netflix-ready devices later this year. The partners include Funai – which distributes the Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania and Emerson brands in the United States – Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp and Toshiba.

Each company will introduce Blu-ray disc players or digital televisions that will stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix.

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