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LG officially integrates Vudu into HDTVs

Posted at 02 September 2009 04:28 CEST by Randomus

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.”

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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.

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There are 5 comments

Hemispasm
Retired Senior Moderator
Posted on: 02 Sep 09 12:48
    So these TVs actually have a network card and build in software to be able to do some kind of browsing? Without the need of an htpc? Did not know such TVs were already marketed!
    Blu-rayFreak
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 02 Sep 09 16:28
      They probably have built in WiFi
      shaolin007
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 02 Sep 09 16:49
        My TV has a LAN hookup in the back to connect to the net. I am able to get news from CNN, stock quotes, and weather. Can't browse the net though, just limited to those.
        Hemispasm
        Retired Senior Moderator
        Posted on: 02 Sep 09 21:24
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by shaolin007
          My TV has a LAN hookup in the back to connect to the net. I am able to get news from CNN, stock quotes, and weather. Can't browse the net though, just limited to those.
          But you can have that - or similar functions - through teletext. Whats the point of increasing the production costs if no additional functionality is added?
          shaolin007
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 02 Sep 09 22:06
            I don't know what to tell ya. The TV I got for $1500 and is a 50" Plasma. So the TV really wasn't outrageously expensive.

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