Picked up a new 3DTV and you're seriously bummed that there's nothing to watch? Good news if you have one of the many VUDU capable streaming devices as next week is the week when 3D movies start heading your way. Said movies will be available in all the various resolutions we've come to expect, and will require the same amount of the bandwidth as the 2D streams. This and the fact that there's no mention of HDMI 1.4a leads us to believe this here 3D is of the frame compatible variety -- not that there's anything wrong with that. The attached press release is missing our favorite details like available titles and prices, but VUDU informed us via email that Disney's Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, and Chicken Little will be first on tap and there is a $1 premium for 3D for rentals and $2 more for purchases -- typically.
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VUDU Brings 3D Into The Living Room
VUDU first to stream 3D Movies directly on connected HDTVs, Blu-ray Players and Entertainment Systems from FUNAI Electronics, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Philips, PlayStationÒ3, Samsung Electronics America, Inc, Toshiba, and VIZIO and devices supporting Boxee Media Software
Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2011 – VUDU, a leader in digital entertainment, will begin delivering instant streaming of 3D movies next week to select 3D-capable HD televisions (HDTVs) and Blu-ray Disc Players (BDPs). Manufacturers that will support 3D streaming from VUDU include FUNAI (Magnavox, Sylvania), LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Philips, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Toshiba, and VIZIO, as well as to the PlayStationÒ3 entertainment system and Boxee Media Software. As these manufacturers rollout their select 2011 models over the course of the year, VUDU users will have access to a growing library of 3D content on an expanding array of devices.
By adding 3D movies to its industry-leading cinematic streaming experience that already includes instant HD and HDX 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound, VUDU raises the bar on home entertainment yet again.
Devices that will feature VUDU 3D movie streaming include but are not limited to the following models. Please note that Blu-ray players, STBs and entertainment systems must be connected to a 3D enabled TV to view 3D content:
· FUNAI (Magnavox and Sylvania) HDTVs and Blu-ray Players
· LG HDTVs and Blu-ray Players
· Mitsubishi HDTVs and Blu-ray Players
· Philips HDTVs and Blu-ray Players
· Select 2010 and 2011 Samsung HDTVs, Blu-ray Players and Blu-ray Home Theater Systems with Samsung Apps
· Sony PlayStationÒ3
· Toshiba HDTVs and Blu-ray Players
· VIZIO VIA HDTVs and Blu-ray Players
· Boxee Box by D-Link and Iomega TV with Boxee
"We are proud to be a leader in the delivery of 3D movies," said Edward Lichty, General Manager of VUDU. "Our launch of 3D today is another example of our commitment to deliver the best home entertainment experience available anywhere. There is no better, easier way to get 3D movies at home than through the VUDU Service."
"The biggest obstacle for the 3D market in the home in the past was the lack of 3D content, where buyers just weren't interested in a feature they couldn't use," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for Enderle Group. "VUDU delivering 3D streaming content directly addresses this challenge and allows consumers who want to enjoy a major advance in home televisions."
VUDU's 3D title selection will be automatically available on any device that is enabled for VUDU 3D, with no additional software to download. 3D titles will be available at all three resolutions – SD (480p), HD (720p) and HDX (1080p) – and the minimum bandwidth requirements for 3D viewing are the same as for 2D.
The VUDU Streaming Movie Service provides customers with access to the world's largest catalog of more than 4,000 on-demand HD movies, and features movies in VUDU's HDX format, the best quality streaming video format with 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound available to consumers today. Movies are available to rent or own without monthly fees or a subscription. The service offers the newest Hollywood releases the same day they are available on DVD and months before they are available on subscription services.
VUDU website: http://www.vudu.com
LG Electronics: www.lg.com
Sony PlayStationÒ3: http://us.playstation.com/
A leader in digital entertainment, VUDU offers the world's largest selection of HD movies, including thousands of blockbusters, Hollywood classics, and indies available in stunning HDX 1080p with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Movies are available the same day they are released on DVD or Blu-ray, and can be rented or purchased without a subscription. VUDU is available on internet-capable HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players from FUNAI Electronics (Magnavox, Sylvania), LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, Panasonic, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO, and on the PlayStationÒ3 computer entertainment system from Sony. VUDU is a wholly owned subsidiary of Walmart Stores, Inc., and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com/.