Momentum is building rapidly for the delivery of video content over the Internet. VUDU offers streaming movies and other content for rental or purchase. Many movies from major studios are available the same day as the DVD release, and rental fees range from $.99 to $5.99. with more than 15,000 titles available, more than 2,000 of which are offered in 1080p high definition. It also offers a variety of free content, including the Pandora online music service and Web-based video content. And up until now, you had to buy a set top box to access the VUDU content.
LG announced last week that their LH50 series of LCD HDTVs and PS80 series of plasma models will include integrated support for VUDU. These sets also support other online services, including Netflix and YouTube, as part of LG’s NetCast Entertainment Access feature. You no longer need a set top box to rent or purchase movies and other content from VUDU.
As these Internet connectivity features become more common on mainstream brands such as LG, more consumers will start to take advantage of them. You don’t need a separate computer in the living room any more to access content on the Internet, and I expect demand for these services to grow rapidly.