Beating all comers VUDU has become the first company to sell full 1080p HD movies on demand via it's 1080p Internet Movie Player with content being available to VUDU owners today.
Until now consumers have been restricted to renting HD movies from on- demand services, including VUDU's library of over 1,400 HD movies, the largest HD library in the world. Today VUDU unveiled a collection of over 50 HD movies from top independent studios that are available for both rental and download to own. Movies offered in this collection will be available for purchase in both instant HD and VUDU's industry-leading HDX format at the same price. HDX is the highest quality on-demand format available anywhere on cable, satellite, broadcast, or the Internet.
High definition titles purchased from VUDU can be stored on the consumer's VUDU box or in the VUDU Vault, a free online storage option for movies and TV shows that enables consumers to free up disk space while still retaining access to all their purchased titles. Movies are priced between $13.99 and $23.99.
It sure doesn't seem like all that much of a deal if you're popping around $20 for an HD version of a film that you can't even transfer off of the system easily from the sounds of it.
VUDU also offers access to Internet-based video, music and photos from popular sites such as YouTube, Flickr, and to games and social networking applications, directly on the TV, all easily accessible using the VUDU remote control with no need for a PC.
So if you're putting your content on YouTube or several other sites it could very well show up on the VUDU service which specifically caters to people who have a 40+ inch television at home and want high quality video from a variety of sources.