Pros Instant gratification. No waiting for Netflix, no returns to Blockbuster.
Cons Studio's only allow a 24 hour viewing window on rentals.
Summary I you have a 2 mpbs download capability you now have instant access to more movies that the video store. No driving to the store, no waiting for Netflix to deliver your next favorites. Just click and go.
Exceptional movie quality on HD sets. Multiple ways to search for movies, wish list,etc. Lots of movies to choose from from pre 50's to now. Whats not to like about that?
"VUDU is amazing"on by zebagirl
Pros great content, easy to use, amazing video quality
Cons no multi room, US only
Summary i've been a beta user of this product. this is what we've all been waiting for. the previous person has no idea what he's talking about. The video quality is amazing (yes, Mpeg4). the box is HD ready and i hear from the company that HD content should be available sooner rather than later with a software upgrade.
Pros Immediate impact. Click and it starts playing.
Cons Can't think of anything
Summary Smart people. Instant downloads. Best hand control ever with only 5 buttons and very responsive. Sharp graphics on screen. You don't have to wait 45 minutes while you download to your computer and then port it over. Most important is their content is so much better than anyone else. Popular Science or a similar online site had an article about how much better their content is than anyone else and how much better their stuff looked compare to Apple. Search for it. Apparently Apple has only 2 or 3 movie houses giving them content and Vudu has all 8 majors. That is big, big, big. Vudu's technology makes Blockbuster, Netflix, and Comcast look old fashioned. I'll give them a 9 1/2 or 10.
Pros Speed, ease of use, support
Cons Some Movie studio support (Sony)
This is a great product and if you are serious about renting movies without the hassle of waiting for them then buy this product. The interface is as slick as snot. With the addition of tv series content and new HD movies coming online I would be afraid if I owned stock in Netflix or Blockbuster.
There are still quite a few movies that are not available, and it is sad when you see that you have cycled through all available in a set. But it seems that they are adding movies at a good clip.
Secondly when I first set my device up I was having some issues with some of the movies being available that should have been. So what do I do, send an email off to support ready to wait for 24 hours to get a response. Well this leads to another PRO. They emailed me back within 10 minutes!! They called me within 30 minutes to address my issue, and fixed everything to my satisfaction. It just goes to show that a small company that cares about its customers can be much more effective than a corporation.
Watch out for Apple TV coming up quick, but it is in the movie industry's best interest to have more than one player in this sandbox.
If you have the cash laying around, and you love movies, then you owe it to yourself to invest in one of these magical boxes.Updated
I just had an issue come up with this unit, and the online transaction system has been down twice in the last 5 days. I will see how they deal with my issue before I want to continue backing this unit.
Pros All of the Above. Great User Interface, fast, good quality.
Cons Of the last 10 NetFlix we rented we would have had to buy rather then rent 7 of them.
Summary From the article on Cnet about this box; "or forcing customers to buy rather than rent content (Apple's iTunes Store via Apple TV)". This is still a problem with the Vudu. I bought one and installed it (based a lot on Cnet review)and the UI is great and fast and everything everyone says. Just for fun I thought I would look up the last few Netflix I had purchased to see if Vudu had them. They had all 10 but I would have had to purchase 7 of the 10 of them at significant cost ($12 - $20 bucks each)rather than being able to rent them. Sticking with Netflix until "Every movie ever made" is available to RENT.