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post #721 of 1946 Old 07-16-2009, 06:14 PM
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A friend went to the Best Buy in Burbank, CA this afternoon to buy a VUDU box. It is listed in stock at both the Burbank and Glendale stores. The sales guy says they don't sell them in stores anymore, hadn't heard from the VUDU reps for a long time, and thought they didn't make them anymore. The store guy called the Glendale store (in stock, according to web site), but they didn't have one either.

Has anybody actually bought a VUDU box at a Best Buy recently?

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A friend went to the Best Buy in Burbank, CA this afternoon to buy a VUDU box. It is listed in stock at both the Burbank and Glendale stores. The sales guy says they don't sell them in stores anymore, hadn't heard from the VUDU reps for a long time, and thought they didn't make them anymore. The store guy called the Glendale store (in stock, according to web site), but they didn't have one either.

Has anybody actually bought a VUDU box at a Best Buy recently?

Thanks,

I havent been to a Best Buy for the standard box but I did follow the Vudu website of authorized dealers around to 3 different locations trying to pick up the XL2 box, none of these authorized dealers had this or even the XL version. When I contacted Vudu about it I was told the XL2 is no longer being made. Funny since it was there premiere version and within 6 months of its own release and already discontinued....
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While I don't tend to go into Best Buy for a list of reasons too long to post in this thread, I was in the neighborhood this morning, so I dropped in to see what the deal was with Vudu at Best Buy. I found the following sign marked "next generation players" that seemed to be a logical place to look:



As I looked down the aisle I quite easily spotted the Vudu section amongst the Blu-Ray players:



Upon closer inspection I found a floor sample right above the "Vudu is Here" sign:



Below the display were at least 4 "New in the Box" pieces ready for one to purchase and carry out of the store.



Now, I know this may be a stretch for some folks to grasp, but is it just possible that the Best Buy salesman didn't know what he was talking about? A google search for 'best buy salesman incompetent' sure brings back a lot of hits.....

Regarding the XL, I really think Vudu has dropped the ball on the XL in a lot of ways. The only real physical difference between the XL and the BX100 is the size of the hard drive. XL has 1TB hard drive, BX100 has 250GB hard drive. Not exactly worth the $700 list price difference at the time ($299 vs $999) in the minds of most consumers. To further distinguish the XL, they enabled 2 features in the software that aren't availble on the BX100 - IP based remote control, and 1080p output via Component (vs HDMI only on BX100). This was something the HT pros said they needed to put the XL in the high end homes. As for the XL2 - it was exactly the same as the XL, just in a rack mount form factor - and nobody was willing to pay the suggested price for that one (can't recall what the MSRP was).

TomsHT - If you are still interested in an XL, they can be purchased new on eBay from authorized dealers. This morning I see a $399 Buy It Now XL. The ball is in your court to decide whether or not to purchase one. Seeing as Vudu continues to grow and expand (see recent announcements here and elsewhere), I don't think you have to worry about them not being around for some time.

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I don't think Vudu is going anywhere. Their relationships with studios alone is a major asset.

I do expect them to integrate the service into other devices, and possibly allow remote storage.
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nded... Thanks for your time researching this subject. I will suggest to my friend that he try ordering online and see what happens. Perhaps BB also needs to upgrade its inventory software!

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I thought the XL also offered 1080i output over component as an upgrade?

I have the XL: paid too much for it but I love the service
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I thought the XL also offered 1080i output over component as an upgrade?

I have the XL: paid too much for it but I love the service

Yeah, I wasn't complete in describing the HD over Component "feature" of the XL. Basically, the BX100 is limited to 480P on component, while the XL can put out whatever you want over component. The decision to limit this to the XL really irked me (I do have an XL and 2 BX100's).

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I have never seen a VUDU box in any Best Buy in South Carolina .
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I have never seen a VUDU box in any Best Buy in South Carolina .

Well, I've never seen a governor fly off to Buenos Aries to have an affair in Florida, it must be a regional thing. I guess you'll have to mosey on over to Atlanta if you want to see a Vudu on the shelves of a Best Buy.

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Basically, the BX100 is limited to 480P on component, while the XL can put out whatever you want over component. The decision to limit this to the XL really irked me (I do have an XL and 2 BX100's).

That is so strange. My TiVo HD has no problem with 1080i over component; if it didn't do that, I wouldn't have bought it!
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That is so strange. My TiVo HD has no problem with 1080i over component; if it didn't do that, I wouldn't have bought it!

BINGO - I really think they are nuts to limit this feature to the XL's. When the Vudu first came out (before the XL series) they said no HD over component was a restriction imposed by the studios to protect HD content from being copied. The the XL came out with HD over component and they never have adequately explained that contradiction to my satisifaction.

I still like the Vudu service, I just don't agree with all of their decisions. Of course they aren't paying me to tell them what to do, so I guess that doesn't matter.

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I had a pleasure to speak to Vudu representative not so long ago at Best Buy in their Magnolia dept. Where I asked them a few questions about certain possibilities like exchanging HDDs or plugging additional storage via USB, streaming over network to multiple VUDU devices etc.

I was told that Best Buy is actually an investor/partner with Vudu so them not carrying it is highly unlikely and I'd have to agree with nded who mentioned that Best Buy representative just didn't know what he was talking about.

At my Best Buy, a large number of HDTV sets on display have Vudu connected to it with some previews and demo interface to try out.

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No Magnolia dept. in any BB in SC.
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It's in the regular section at my local BestBuy.

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It's in the regular section at my local BestBuy.

Oh.. I think I wrote in a way where people misunderstood.. I was standing in magnolia dept. for some other reason and the Vudu guy was just there.

Vudu plugged to HDTVs was in regular Best Buy HDTV dept.

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No Magnolia dept. in any BB in SC.

OT: Don't worry, you're not missing much.

There was a real, standalone, Magnolia store here up until a few months ago. It was much much better than the little "Magnolia dept" found in some BB stores around here. Unfortunately BB closed this standalone store. Must not have been profitable enough.
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I just picked up my Vudu yesterday. So far so good. I need faster internet though because the movie download is slow. Probably what I will start doing is downloading the movies I want right before I go to bed, and let it run all night as needed. I like the fact that you can power down the player and it will still download movies. Interface is nice and easy to use as well. So far I really like it. I will report back after I watch the first movie.

The porn rentals are expensive though!!!
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It appears that MediaFly will be available via the Roku Player by the end of the year.

http://mediafly.typepad.com/cvconant...et-player.html
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Glad you like the VUDU. How fast is your internet connection?

One additional option is that you can rent/purchase titles from the VUDU web site while at work and they would be ready to view by the time you got home. I do this for HDX titles since they aren't instatly viewable.

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I just picked up my Vudu yesterday. So far so good. I need faster internet though because the movie download is slow. Probably what I will start doing is downloading the movies I want right before I go to bed, and let it run all night as needed. I like the fact that you can power down the player and it will still download movies. Interface is nice and easy to use as well. So far I really like it. I will report back after I watch the first movie.


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request to Vudu:

please give us an option to turn off the screensaver:

I love Pandora internet radio on Vudu but there should be a way to disable the auto screensaver
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please give us an option to turn off the screensaver:

I love Pandora internet radio on Vudu but there should be a way to disable the auto screensaver

This request was also made many times on the VUDU support board since Pandora went live. Don't know what type of options for the screen saver VUDU is working on but its high on my request list also.

I wouldn't mind if a screen saver came on with Pandora running as long as it had the album art and title information on it...

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Read through most of this thread, but I don't think I saw this question addressed:

Can the Vudu output video over HDMI and composite simultaneously?

That's a must have feature for me.

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Tried posting this question at Vudu forums but my posts are not being posted to the forum.

Does anyone know if the IR receiver kit will work with the logitech harmony RF wireless extender?

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Read through most of this thread, but I don't think I saw this question addressed:

Can the Vudu output video over HDMI and composite simultaneously?

That's a must have feature for me.

I've never checked since don't use any analog connections. Although if I get a chance this week I'll check with one of my VUDU boxes. If I can find some analog cables.

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Read through most of this thread, but I don't think I saw this question addressed:

Can the Vudu output video over HDMI and composite simultaneously?

That's a must have feature for me.


When you plug in an HDMI monitor the Vudu disables all analog outputs (Composite, S-Video, and Component).

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When did you post this on the VUDU board? They are usually very responsive to activate their forum accounts. Did you get a email to confirm your registration on their board?

I am not too familiar with the Logitec RF extender but if it passes the normal IR signal back to the "emitters", the VUDU IR profile from a supported harmony remote should work.

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Tried posting this question at Vudu forums but my posts are not being posted to the forum.

Does anyone know if the IR receiver kit will work with the logitech harmony RF wireless extender?

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I posted my question either Wednesday or Thursday of last week. After I submitted the message something popped up on the screen real quick. Something about it would have to be looked at by and admin before it would show. I actually tried to posting again like a day later and still the same thing.
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When you plug in an HDMI monitor the Vudu disables all analog outputs (Composite, S-Video, and Component).

Bummer. And component doesn't output 1080p correct?

Unfortunately, that's a deal breaker for me on what looks to be an otherwise great device.

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Bummer. And component doesn't output 1080p correct?

Unfortunately, that's a deal breaker for me on what looks to be an otherwise great device.

I wish they would make a version of all devices with just HDMI outputs instead of all the extraneous analog outputs. I have around two dozen HDMI devices now and wish I didn't have to pay for the extra connections I will never use. I really like having one cable/connection for audio and video.

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