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post #61 of 69 Old 07-16-2012, 09:34 AM
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VUDU audio has always sounded compressed.

Although I don't want to insult your perceptive of VUDU audio - always is a pretty inclusive word. Granted there are titles that may sound this way but there are also other titles that can sound very good. As you say DD+ is the best streaming codec for audio currently available on the internet. I watched Wrath of the Titans on VUDU at my daughter's home yesterday and thought it sounded amazing and I own the Blu-ray.

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I watched Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol on VUDU and the sound blew me away; very sharp with excellent surround imaging. It might have been better on BD but I doubt that I could hear the difference on my modest equipment.

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I watched Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol on VUDU and the sound blew me away; very sharp with excellent surround imaging. It might have been better on BD but I doubt that I could hear the difference on my modest equipment.

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Although I don't want to insult your perceptive of VUDU audio - always is a pretty inclusive word. Granted there are titles that may sound this way but there are also other titles that can sound very good. As you say DD+ is the best streaming codec for audio currently available on the internet. I watched Wrath of the Titans on VUDU at my daughter's home yesterday and thought it sounded amazing and I own the Blu-ray.

I watched some of the MI4 on VUDU(from my UltraViolet copy) and then watched the rest from a BD ISO from my BD. While the audio did sound good from VUDU it was nowhere near the quality I had from the BD ISO.
Just because the audio sounds compressed does not mean it doesn't sound good. Just not as good as a BD. Which I don't expect it to.

If VUDU allocated more bandwidth to the audio it would certainly improve the quality. But I don't watch VUDU content to get the best audio and video quality. I watch it because it is convenient and the audio and video quality sounds and looks good. But it is nowhere near the quality I typically see and hear from a BD.

I haven't watched Wrath of the Titans yet.

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Keep in mind that content is totally studio driven--subscription services can only provide what the studios allow them to provide and at the cost the services are able to negotiate with the studios. That's just the way it is--all of the subscription services you note--with the addition of Amazon and Apple--have their good points and deficiencies. Often you can achieve what you want with a combination. I use Netflix for Blu Ray rentals and some streaming (I have the 2 disc at a time plan), Amazon to buy Blu Rays and view current TV shows and movies on PPV, plus some free streaming by being a Prime member, and Apple is pretty close to what Amazon offers as far as PPV. I haven't used Hulu and only tried Vudu. I get pretty much what I want--but I also have Bright House cable--so I just use the other services for fill in TV shows that I miss and movies. All of it comes at a cost--and it always will be the only way to get studio content legally unless the studios change their philosophy on providing their content.

I agree with this. Streaming in my opinion is much ado about nothing, except it doesn't cost nothing.

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I wonder how well the RedBox Instant service will be?

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I wonder what platforms it'll be available on? Will they get a player on Roku? Google TV? The popular BD players?

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I wonder what platforms it'll be available on? Will they get a player on Roku? Google TV? The popular BD players?

Here's an article from today stating that Verizon's not launching Redbox Instant until some time next year, entering beta-test in January. (I'd expect them to be out in the Spring or late Winter barring problems).

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I wonder what platforms it'll be available on? Will they get a player on Roku? Google TV? The popular BD players?
Here's an article from today stating that Verizon's not launching Redbox Instant until some time next year, entering beta-test in January. (I'd expect them to be out in the Spring or late Winter barring problems).

What the heck happened to later this month? That is disappointing.

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What the heck happened to later this month? That is disappointing.

Haven't you ever heard of the "freeze the market" trick among competing companies? It would surprise me if this ever sees the light of day. Everyone is playing catchup to Netflix and starting just another streaming service will not cut it. In another three to five years, most if not all content contracts will come up for renewal. In a year or two is when it gets real interesting.
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