Vudu Heads to Boxee Box Device for On-demand Movie Rentals

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D-Link announced its upcoming Boxee Box Internet TV device will support Walmart's Vudu online-based movie rental service. D-Link also says the Vudu service will also be available Boxee's software for PCs and Macs as well.

D-Link's Boxee Box Internet TV gadget is expected to be in stores Nov. 10 and priced at $200.

Vudu offers same-day access to movies as they are released on DVD as well as access to TV shows. Aside from Vudu, Boxee offers a large arsenal of TV shows, movies and links to various video services such as MLB.TV.

Under the current Boxee setup, you need to use an HDMI, DVI, S-Video or VGA cable to link a computer with Mac, PC or Linux Boxee software to a TV in order to access Boxee content.

There is a key caveat, however for people using Boxee Box software on a PC and Mac. While Vudu offers video in 1080p HD, the viewing experience on a computer will be in standard definition. The new view via computer is apparently meant to supplement the Boxee-on-TV experience, not to replace it.

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"We're thrilled to offer our existing customers a new way to enjoy the VUDU service and to bring VUDU to a whole new community of movie watchers," said Edward Lichty, Vudu's general manager in a press release.

By contrast D-Link's Boxee Box, a small device that connects directly to a TV, allows you to view Boxee and VUDU content in full 1080p HD with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. The Boxee Box includes two USB ports and Ethernet, HDMI, optical and audio right and left channel ports and will be available on Nov. 10, but can be preordered from Amazon for $200.

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Both the Boxee media center software and the Boxee Box can discover all viewable content on your home network and organize them into logical menus with additional enhancements such as album art and links to movie reviews. The Boxee platform is social, allowing you to share opinions with you social circle and, in some cases, to share the content as well.

Vudu is often accessed via a preinstalled app on Internet-connected HDTVs from companies such as Vizio, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, LG, Mitsubishi and Sanyo. Vudu offers movies sales and video feed rentals but does not have a monthly fee.

This story, "Vudu Heads to Boxee Box Device for On-demand Movie Rentals" was originally published by PCWorld.

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