Vudu Offering On-Demand Movies in HD
In what the company says is a first, Vudu has announced that it will begin offering on-demand downloads of movies, in HD, on its 1080p Internet Movie Player. Initially, around 50 movies will be available on the service, most of them independent titles.
"Consumers are clamoring for the ability to own digitally-delivered titles in high definition, especially in our HDX format, and we are excited to be the first in the industry to meet this consumer need," the company's executive vice president of Strategy and Content, Edward Lichty, said as part of the announcement. "This is a watershed event for the industry as well, signaling the studios' recognition of and confidence in digital delivery as an increasingly important part of their business. We expect to see a continuing expansion of digital rights in the coming months."
Among the movies offered at first are Oscar-winning documentary "Man on Wire," as well as the Russia-set thriller "Transsiberian" and the John Cusack satire "War, Inc."