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VUDU to offer Blu-ray quality rentals?

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Wed September 10, 2008

VUDU going BD-quality?

Internet-based movie and TV show rental and store company VUDU may be planning on offering high-definition downloads that are equal in quality to Blu-ray movies, according to a Wednesday a report. While nothing is official, the Engadget claim suggests beta testing has commenced for a new content format, which VUDU calls HDX. If the company brings the option to market, it will need to address the lead time it would take for the higher-than-HD movie to download, as it is believed to be at least two hours before users can start watching.

The company already offers HD rentals in addition to standard, DVD-quality rentals, but would potentially have more credibility in its attempts to be integrated into high-end home theater systems through a higher-quality codec. It already targets custom installations with its Vudu XL product that offers 1TB of built-in storage.

No information as to when or even if the HDX format will be made available. Prices for the rentals can also only be guessed at, but VUDU's standard-definition offerings currently range from $0.99 when committed to 99 DVD-quality rentals, to $3.99 for new, standalone, DVD-quality movies and $5.99 for new HD-labeled titles.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's absolutely insane at this point in the internet's level of development. A 1080p movie takes up about 20GB COMPRESSED, which will take the better part of a day to download on a good cable connection. Comcast's 250GB monthly limit will start seeming awfully small if people start downloading movies this big on a regular basis. To say that this is ahead of its time is a huge understatement. 1080p movies aren't even commonly traded on P2P, to give an idea of how unappealing they are even when they're free....

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