Vudu, the online, on-demand high definition movie streaming
service, has locked in another big customer. Mitsubishi has signed the company
as one of the launch partners of its new line of Internet-enabled TVs.
Mitsubishi has rolled out a 46-inch screen at $2,800 and a
52-inch screen for $3,300 – both with wired and wireless internet connections
(and a host of other enhancement for audiophiles).
To help drive demand, the company is offering a free two-month
credit at Vudu, letting buyers sample the streaming HD. As with many internet
enabled sets, the latest Mitsuibishi models will also allow you to access
YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and Pandora.
While Netflix and Blockbuster have the name recognition, Vudu
is a growing presence in the streaming movie marketplace. The company offers
2,200 HD titles and 16,000 titles total. The company recently signed a similar
deal with LG.
Internet-enabled TVs are likely to be the next ‘big thing’
in television hardware. If you’re not up to speed on them, you might want to
check out an in-depth look at the trend – and its potential impact on broadcast
networks in a story that ran in Variety’s weekly edition earlier this month.