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VUDU Now on Broadband HDTVs and Blu-ray Players from LG, Mitsubishi, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO

VUDU Allies with Leading Consumer Electronics Manufacturers to Bring Acclaimed 1080p Streaming Media Platform to Millions of Consumers

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Consumer Electronics Show (CES) - VUDU Inc., a leading provider of Internet entertainment services, has extended its distribution as an embedded platform to include broadband home theaters, HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players (BDPs) from LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Samsung Electronics Co. Inc., SANYO Manufacturing Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C., and VIZIO, the company announced today. The VUDU Streaming Movie Service will be available on select models across all partners. In addition, the new VUDU Apps applications platform will be available on broadband HDTVs from Mitsubishi, SANYO, Sharp and Toshiba and on broadband BDPs from Toshiba.

“In 2010, millions of broadband HDTVs and BDPs will ship to consumers with VUDU installed. It's a great achievement for VUDU and a fantastic opportunity to deliver the VUDU experience to consumers across the United States,” said Alain Rossmann, Chairman and CEO of VUDU Inc. “In just 6 months, from the time we launched on our first HDTV, we’ve increased our footprint more than ten-fold. By delivering a cloud-based architecture we have made it incredibly easy for our CE partners to embed VUDU into more products, while at the same time enabling the service to be continuously updated – to the delight of our end-users.”

The VUDU Streaming Movie Service provides customers with access to a catalog of more than 3,000 on-demand HD movies, and features movies in VUDU’s HDX format, the only streaming video format with 1080p HD video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound available to consumers today. Movies are available to rent or own without monthly fees or a subscription. The service offers the newest Hollywood releases the same day they are available on DVD. All new releases are available in 1080p HDX.

The new VUDU Apps applications platform provides customers with access to a wide range of Internet services and applications including streaming video, music on demand, photo browsing, social networking and more. VUDU Apps uses a unique, cloud-based architecture optimized for consumer electronics devices. It was initially developed to support the VUDU Streaming Movie Service and allows apps to be updated without the need for downloading or installing software, ensuring consumers always have access to the most current version of an application. More than 100 applications are available on VUDU Apps.

VUDU will be available on millions of HDTVs and BDPs across all partners.

About VUDU

VUDU is a leading provider of technologies and services that enable the delivery of Internet entertainment to broadband HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players (BDPs). VUDU is the creator of the VUDU Streaming Movie Service, which delivers on-demand movies in HDX, the only format to offer streaming 1080p HD video and 5.1 surround sound. In addition, the company offers VUDU Apps, a platform to deliver Internet apps to broadband HDTVs and BDPs; examples of applications on the VUDU Apps platform include Pandora, Picasa, news from The New York Times and The Associated Press, and many more. VUDU is privately held, and headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. Broadband HDTVs and BDPs from LG, Mitsubishi, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO feature VUDU. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com/

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, January 6, 2010 3:29 PM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.