LG Electronics claims to be the first to introduce broadband HDTVs with the instant-access high-definition (HD) movie service from VUDU, a leading provider of digital on-demand entertainment services. VUDU on-demand movies will be available on LG’s LH50 1080p LCD series and PS80 Plasma 1080p series with “NetCast Entertainment Access,” beginning next month.

The VUDU service, says LG, allows consumers to instantly buy or rent from an extensive library of movies and TV titles, including a catalog of over 2,000 high-definition movies – with no monthly fees and without having to buy, install, or connect any additional hardware.

In March, VUDU also allowed access to Pandora’s free, personalized Internet radio service on VUDU. Pandora represented VUDU’s first music application for its RIA (Rich Internet Application) platform. (Read: VUDU to offer Pandora Music)

Now, its partnership with LG will let consumers enjoy movies in VUDU’s HDX format, with Full HD 1080p resolution, plus Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound.

In a related development, Sonic Solutions and Verismo Networks have joined hands to enable consumers in India to stream video entertainment. Verismo will begin offering video content from Roxio CinemaNow as part of its VuNow Internet TV platform, which is available for original equipment manufacturers, as well as service providers.

The platform is being deployed by ACT Television as part of its IPTV services into 100,000 homes in Bangalore, India. (Read: Cinema Now Streaming into India)

Also, AMD has launched its ATI Theater HD 750 PC TV chip offering HDTV viewing capabilities on desktop and notebook PCs around the world. It uses analog, digital, and free-to-air broadcast signals. (Read: D’you Wanna Enjoy HDTV on Your PC?)

VUDU’s streaming movie service delivers a near-instant viewing experience – movies start immediately, including high definition HDX movies, and viewers can fast forward, rewind, and browse chapters without delays.

The VUDU catalog is updated weekly, and newly released movies from major studios are generally available before they are available on subscription-based services.

With LG’s NetCast Entertainment Access, consumers have instant access to streaming movies, TV shows, and web videos through an Ethernet connection. These models, ranging in screen size from 42- to 60-inch class sizes, also include access to content from Netflix, Yahoo! Widgets, YouTube, and more.

Netflix, which is a leading online movie rental service, declared in April that it has delivered 2 billion movies since the company’s subscription service was launched in late 1999. (Read: Netflix Delivered 2 Billion Movies)

LG’s 47-inch class LCD HDTV (model 47LH50) and 50-inch class plasma HDTV (model 50PS80) with NetCast Entertainment Access are available at U.S. retailers with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,699 and $1,799.

LG’s 42-inch class LCD (model 42LH50) and 60-inch class plasma (model 60PS80) will be available and existing LG Broadband TV owners will be able to add the VUDU service next month.


About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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