Originally Posted by dnoonie
Do you mean for better or for worse? I've only been with Vudu 6 months so I have little history. It seems to work pretty well for me but still seems like emerging technology. Getting new shows online appears to be a rather manual process on server end. I ended up getting a direct URL from support to a show that wouldn't come up on a search. Eventually the search worked but still took some time, I was thankful support gave us the link.
Well here's why I joined the party recently. I run a HTPC and have much of my collection stored on hard disk. I recently had a hard drive failure that was mostly recoverable, but got me looking at cloud based options for our movies and music. It was also mostly an annoying process get movies onto our iPads (both the Mrs and I travel for work - so frequent access via tablet was important). I was ripping lossless copies, and then re-encoding tablet friendly file sizes and it came down to either I put a bunch of time into it, or not bother and it ended up the latter.
Timing of launches (much debated over the years) is also not an issue for me. We always find out about movies way after they were popular and so far I've been buying off the daily $4.99 special more than anything else.
Key features for me were:
- Disc to Digital with HD upgrades for all my old DVDs. I didn't want to rebuy at $14.99 a movie, but I'm happy to pay an incremental upgrade price on discs I bought 15 years ago.
- Easy downloading to laptops / tablets. Looks like only SD for tablets right now, would be nice to see HD. This was key for the travel.
- Ultraviolet (which some people loathe for some reason) - but I think a licensing model backed by the studios, with different vendors building apps on it should lead to better apps over time (competition), while I can still swap services if one gets better than the other without losing my existing purchases.
- Pretty solid 1080p/24... Not a flawless copy of the Blu-Ray but definitely hit my quality/convienece threshold (your threshold may vary), on our 55" TV.
Now I do live in bandwidth rich environment, so streaming should be ok. I get HDX with 4 bars (although everyone always references 1 to 3 bars), so not sure what's going on there.
Experimenting with family share with my brother/sister in-law and it'll be interesting to see how that works out for them.
I'll probably also play around with downloading to the HTPC to see if I can maintain some sort of offline library, or in case buffering becomes an issue. But I'll need to see if I can get 24p working on it.
Looking forward to the elusive CFF and possibility of an Amazon entry into Ultraviolet to drive competition in services. (I don't really have much hope of lots of price competition.)