I just have to say that iPhone thing is an amazing saver! Fast access, I pick movies and the thing downloads to my Vudu box and while I'm ready to watch in my theater room it's already downloaded. Great stuff.
I have to commend Vudu management and engineers at doing a tremendous job adding extremely cool features to this little box!
We just need the external streaming from our hard drives or through network and I'll be a super happy camper and I bet a lot of other users.
I can't wait to see how far Vudu goes and how far community will go to extend with Vudu labs.
Btw, I have a bit of a an idea that's out there but if you have great relationship with the studios there's something I bet we all dreamed about.
Buying active movies in the theater through Vudu box. I always had an idea about having a company create relationships with movie theater chains and studios to offer current theater movies for download as well.
Now I know this is pretty impossible but if it was in any way possible I think this would be the perfect way it would work:
1. Movies would be encoded in high quality (HDX)
2. Vudu would act as a connection between a consumer and the theater and allow purchasing of a ticket either through Vudu interface or even in the theaters as well. You go pick up the ticket, you get Vudu code on it, you come back and you punch it in and your download starts.
3. I understand that Vudu needs to make money off of this but I'm pretty sure that majority of us would gladly pay premium over the regular ticket because our theaters are most likely much better then what we have in theaters to begin with. If a ticket is $9, I would have no problem paying $15 to get it on Vudu. It could take care of the movie theaters, it would certainly make studios happy and Vudu could make some profit out of it.
In my perfect dream, everybody wins. Ok, maybe theaters rely more on snacks and beverage revenue but they still won't lose out and plenty of people will still go to see the movie in theaters.
I wish Vudu management maybe throw an idea in the air with the studios and try. This would be absolutely fantastic and put Vudu in such a unique place I can't even describe.
Imagine, kids soccer practice or other activities over the weekend and then one pulls up his/her iphone, buys a ticket on Vudu, comes home and do a family screening of the latest movies.
What a wonderful dream, is it not?