April 29, 2007

Vudu Casts Its Spell on Hollywood - New York Times

Vudu Casts Its Spell on Hollywood - New York Times

VuDu's idea, if it flies, is Nirvana for couch potatoes. However, it's unlikely that the Big Guys like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Amazon, etc. will sit idly by and let this happen. I think Vudu will be bought by one of them or Vudu becomes a patent licensing company, assuming the patents are granted.

In any event the idea is right. No one wants to rely on the PC as intermediary for digital video. The instant-on feature and peer-to-peer networking to deliver the video makes sense as long as the broadband connection can support the download speeds for HD movies.

This is where the world is headed and Verizon's FioS service may be a direct competitor to VuDu for HD content on demand. I'm assuming the VuDu licensing deals with the studios are not exclusive.
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