Mine just got delivered yesterday.
Definitely a polished consumer-grade product. Setup was a breeze (wireless kit). Everything "just worked." Interface is top-notch. Selection is good, not perfect obviously. Only had time to watch some trailers and the HDX free demo and add about 50 films to my wishlist. Hopefully will get to watch something tonight, tomorrow for sure.
Some comments -
1) product is clearly the best in the marketplace right now. Looking back, comparisons to Akimbo are hilarious. Clearly made by people that had never tried Vudu. Selection is better than netflix, quality is better than netflix, and the hardware is better than the roku box.
2) Price point is too high at $299. I love this thing, but would never have purchased at $299 (without wireless no less). It's just not going to sell at that level. I bought at $149 and that's probably the limit, maybe $199 would do OK, $99 with wireless would be ideal. This is of course, is not based on what hardware cost, box capability, or how good the experience is, just based on what the public will consider "competing products" in this class - that is Roku, blu-ray streaming players, etc, and what I bet the average person is willing to pay to play with an "unknown" player.
3) Service will live and die by content. I wish I could get rid of netflix altogether, but there are still too many new titles that arent available, or even more so, slightly older releases that go out of catalog due to licensing agreements. 300? Gladiator? LOTR?
I really hope Vudu makes it. The idea of high quality VOD is the future. The cable co's could clearly do something to challenge, but based on the quality and performance of their DVR (not to mention the actualy PQ/AQ and selection of their titles) I'm not holding my breath.
Whether it's Vudu, Cable, Netflix, XstreamHD etc, something like this is the future. I just hope in this case, the best product wins (or at least survives) and we arent stuck with something like Netflix streaming "HD" or the current crop of low-quality cable VOD solutions.
edit: Almost forgot, even my wife was impressed. "it's like you're not even using the internet." Not sure praise comes much higher than that.