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VUDU Confirmed; Available Next Week

A week or so ago, I mentioned that VUDU might be coming to the PS3. Turns out, the rumors were true, except it will be here sooner than expected. The service, which offers HD movies for purchase/rent, will make the PS3 the only home console to support it.

The service is pay-as-you-go, as opposed to a subscription service like Netflix. The app will be free to download for all PS3 users connected to the PSN. Here are a few more details:

Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll see it appear in the XMB under the “Video” icon and from there, will have access to thousands of movie titles – available for instant viewing in HD and HDX 1080p formats with no buffering or downloading, and with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound. Many of the hit movies are available for rental or purchase right when they are released to DVD and Blu-ray, giving you the most instant access when you want it.

It looks like the PS3 is really picking up steam on media services.

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VUDU on PS3: Even More 3rd Party Content Delivery?

So, the PlayStation 3 has had Netflix for some time, and only recently was able to get a disc-free version of the service (which, I might add, is lightning fast compared to the disc), and Hulu Plus will officially launch next week. Now word is floating around that the VUDU service may also be heading to the system, and as soon as this December.

For those unfamiliar with VUDU, it is an HD Movie and TV streaming service, similar in a way to Netflix, that also allows you to purchase movies as well (and, unlike Netflix, it has a lot of new releases available to stream as well). It’s not subscription-based, though, so you’ll have to ‘rent’ movies like on-demand services from cable/satellite providers. IGN has gotten a hold of some internal documents from VUDU’s parent company, Wal-Mart, that says:

  • PS3 and Vudu

    • Walmart’s own digital download service will be available on the Playstation network
    • Over 20 million existing PS3 customers will have access to this service

Of course, making it sound pretty official, IGN contacted both Sony and VUDU, and both declined to comment.

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