I have not had cable/satellite television at home for about a year now; Linda doesn’t subscribe, either. But why would anyone need to, with multiple sources of television and movies that stream from the internet? Live sports? Perhaps. But there are other ways to obtain that, as well…
Linda says that I’m not allowed to get a Vizio TV to match my future Vizio VIA cell phone. We’ll see about that, though! It’s already beneficial to load up a movie from Netflix streaming and to entertain her three-year-old. I’ll keep you tuned in as to who wins this fight. =P
Earlier this year, streaming video service and DVD rental outfit Netflix made a few eyes roll announcing deals that have consumer electronics manufacturers putting dedicated Netflix buttons on their remote controls. Now competing service Vudu is following suit, announcing that top consumer electronic brands&mdsah;including Vizio—will be adding Vudu buttons to the remote controls of selected HDTVs, media players, and Blu-ray players. The deal will give the Walmart-owned Vudu more exposure in the marketplace and—if the image of a Vudu button they’re distributing is to be believed—will put Vudu right next to Netflix in consumers’ hands.
Vudu currently offers customers access to more than 20,000 movies, including new releases as well as catalog titles and independent films. Vudu rentals start at $2 for two nights and don’t involve any subscription fees; Vudu also likes customers to know its catalog doesn’t have the same 28-day delay Netflix often experiences making new releases available.
The Vudu button will first appear on a range of Vizio HDTVs, 3DTVs, and Blu-ray players. The company hasn’t offered any information on when the new Vudu-equipped remotes will be reaching consumers.