The rumor mill was really churning back in August about VUDU's potential demise, but the company has really been firing on all cylinders ever since. First came the introduction of the Blu-ray-rivaling HDX format, and now comes word that the company has 1,000 custom installers in its ever expanding network of allies. In just seven months of shipping the VUDU XL, over 1,000 professional home installation companies have signed on to distribute the movie set-top-box, though it didn't bother sharing how many units those very vendors had sold. At any rate, it ought to be pretty easy to find someone locally to get one of these in your home, but there's always the DIY option if you're skilled with tools and gifted with time.