LG Electronics and Vudu today announced the popular streaming service will be included on several select LG product lines.
Specifically, LG will roll out the service with the LH50 1080p LCD TV series and PS80 plasma 1080p TV line.
“LG is proud to lead the charge on delivering high-quality streaming movies for the high-def family-room experience,” said Peter Reiner, LG Electronics Marketing VP, in a statement. “Vudu offers content in 1080p resolution with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound, enabling the ultimate streaming movie experience on premium LG HDTV models.”
It has been about a month since LG and Vudu first disclosed LG’s “NetCast Entertainment Access” will include Vudu support — current LG HDTV owners who have a model that is broadband-connected will receive an automated update.
This marks the first time that the Vudu service will be available without the need of a set-top box. Vudu is using this early partnership to iron out potential problems before the company kick-starts its service with other TV manufacturers.
The ability to stream content directly into the living room via the Internet continues to grow in popularity, as TV manufacturers reach agreements with Vudu, Netflix, and other similar companies. Analysts expect the trend to continue over the next year — especially as more Americans sign up for broadband Internet — so expect to see a wider variety of connected TVs in the immediate future.