Pros Interface, remote, picture quality, STAYING OUT OF THE FORMAT WAR
Cons Studios cause catalog availablility and selection issues, no IR remote capability
Summary This is a great product, I love the UI, and the convenience. I expect it will only get better over time.
Pros Great screen, Great remote. Fast. Click and it starts
Cons No old TV shows yet but I heard they are coming.
Summary No waiting for downloads. 30 seconds to decide. Push the button and it starts. You can rave about the little hand control, the sharp screen display, the fact that you don't have to point the remote. You can put the box in a drawer. They thought of every little detail. They load new content every week. It looks much better than the Apple downloads and I don't like it that you have to buy from Apple and can't rent. You can buy or rent from VUDU and only pay if you use it.
The New York Times had a fabulous video where they showed a huge Blockbuster building being bulldozed down and replaced with a tiny Vudu box. I think BlockBuster and Netflix will disappear in time and Apple and VUDU will take over.
Pros No subscription fee
Cons Won't tell you what titles are available
Summary I called VUDU today to possibly buy a VUDU box. I asked them to provide a list of movies that were available and they said no. The only way they will tell you what movies are available is if you buy the box and scroll thru the list. The movie list is not published on their web site and never will be. What a ridiculous policy! If they were proud of thei selectoin, they would let you know what it is. What are they hiding???
"Wonderful device !"on by xanpyzz
Pros Great interface, very easy setup Very close to BluRay quality
Cons None - it is just a great product!
Summary The build quality is First Class, All 3 quality SD, HD and HDX are just great and the HD and HDX are close to BluRay. I am so pleased!
"Worth the purchase"on by sookdare
Pros HDX is amazing. Closest thing to BluRay you'll find. Each week they have 99 movies for .99 cents. Collection is constantly growing, now have almost 13,000 movies in their library (as 1/22/2008). Instant access to HD movies and SD movies is great.
Cons Can not purchase HDX, can only rent. Takes 4 hours to download HDX, but vudu gets around that by allowing you to log on to your box, via their website, and send a movie to your box.
Summary Vudu is an amazing product. I've had it for about a month now. It was extremely easy to set up, the remote is easy to use and the interface is extremely simple. No music playing in the background while searching is the only improvement I can think of.
As far as HD movies, the quality is only surpassed by bluray...you won't even see the difference. Some movies are only worth watching once in 1080p quality, so renting it for $6 is better than buying a bluray for $25. Any movie I really want to keep I'll still buy it in bluray, but I've been happy to see several movies that deserved to be watched in its highest quality but not owned. Allowing people to log on to the vudu website and send an HDX movie to the box while you're at work or out also helps to overcome the 4 hour delay in viewing. The delay is only for HDX movies. All other movies start instantly.
The collection is extensive and growing and even includes many foreign titles as well. Every week I see the number of titles grow by about 60-100 titles. The 99 movies for .99 cents has also allowed me to catch up on movies I've missed and not feel like I was still paying an outrageous price for an old movie. The 99 movies are updated weekly.
Definitely worth the investment.