Originally Posted by bald
As far as best streaming service (I have all 3) on my 12/2 cable connect:
Vudu wins in overall experience, user interface, selection (movies) and quality. Negatives are it is not as good as blu-ray, PPV, delayed viewing of HDX, it is a start-up.
Netflix wins in price. They also have a good selection of TV shows. The quality ranges from dvdish on their "HD" titles to unwatchable.
Not sure exactly where appletv competes except that it is a multifunctional device and has the support of apple with I imagine what is the largest installed userbase.
I use netflix dvd/bd by mail the most, vudu 2nd, netflix streaming rarely, and basically never use the appletv.
Once again, it seems that the only other device worth considering is the Vudu.
Bald - Did you ever do any kind of comparison to the Apple TV? I still haven't heard how the HD to HD streaming compares to the Apple TV. I just know that new titles cost 1 more.
I find that lately I am watching stuff the following order of frequency:
- Netflix rented Blu-ray
- Netflix HD streaming
- Owned Blu-ray or DVD
- Netflix SD streaming
- Apple TV HD streaming ("although they are technically downloads")
The logical thing to do would be to get the Samsung since I watch so much Netflix streaming, but the Vudu interface sounds really nice and I am a sucker for new gadgets. I did pull down the Vudu owner's manual and I do have one question though. The manual says:
"The Movie Details screen presents important information about each movie, including its genre, synopsis, running time, country of origin, and a preview, when available."
Do most of the HD movies have a preview?
The only reservations I have is around the quality of the HD streams compared to the Apple TV and the fact that they cost $1 more. I just checked and the local Best Buy has these Vudu boxes in stock at the $150 price. I am tempted to go down and pick one to do a comparison with the Apple TV for myself. Decisions, decisions...Update:
I answered my own question about previews by running down to Best to play with a Vudu box that they had on display. It seems that many of the newer movies have previews, but few of the foreign or less popular movies do. Overall, I like the interface of the Vudu more than the Apple TV for browsing movies. The filtering capabilities are really nice. However, the Apple TV wins when it comes to previews, since it has previews for all movies and they are all full screen. Unfortunately, I was not able to watch any movies to evaluate as this was a demo only box.