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.