The Best of the New
“The one right now that’s a standout is the Vudu movie box,” said Kings, who still keeps a very close watch on new products and technologies. “It has a really cool interface, and it has a great architecture so there’s no waiting for a movie to download. But the one great thing they’ve accomplished is they’ve pretty much signed every single major movie house. They’ve nailed it, and they have a very compelling road map.”
Kings is not alone with his assessment. Reviewers and pundits have been giving high marks to the Vudu since it was launched early this spring. Units began rolling out to retailers last month. Besides Magnolia, Tweeter, MyerEmco and Amazon are also carrying it.
Vudu is an instant access movie service developed by a Santa Clara, Calif., company of the same name. The $400 box connects to a T.V. via a high-speed broadband connection (at least two megabites) and provides access to about 5,000 titles from major studio releases to independents to niche content. Consumers can rent the movies for about $2 to $4 and have 24 hours to view them. They can buy them for about $15 to $20 and store them indefinitely on the hard drive.