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post #121 of 1923
Maybe you are looking at a cached page that is still working.

I cleared my cache, tried a different computer, now Vudu.com is not even working. Maybe they are updating the online movie selection system, I hope, I hope, it could use some changes.
post #122 of 1923
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Originally Posted by Free View Post

For several days, the main VUDU movies page comes up with blank images.

http://www.vudu.com/movies/

Does this happen for anyone else? I have tried different browsers, and it doesn't make a difference, and I have not changed any settings. I am wondering if this is a problem that is being worked on?

No problem here. And it was fine for the last few days too.
post #123 of 1923
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They're running a Christmas Special at https://my.vudu.com/buynow/ - you can get a Vudu for $99 with the purchase of $50 in movie credits - $149 for the package, or you can add the wireless kit for $49 more.
post #124 of 1923
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Originally Posted by Free View Post

Maybe you are looking at a cached page that is still working.

I cleared my cache, tried a different computer, now Vudu.com is not even working. Maybe they are updating the online movie selection system, I hope, I hope, it could use some changes.

If all the PC's you are using are on the same LAN it definitely sounds more like a shared DNS error from the DHCP server.
post #125 of 1923
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Originally Posted by nded View Post

The current public software for Vudu owners does not yet support playback of local content. However, Vudu recently announced and released the Rich Internet Applications (RIA) platform. They will be giving us all access to the RIA interface in 2009, and I'm convinced we'll be able to use this to build (and share) our own applications for Vudu that would allow you to do this (i.e. play local content from your network). After all, your local content would be internet accessable from your Vudu on your LAN - just gotta know the IP address of your storage location and provide a menu data file that's RIA compatible. No promise, but I know this is something most Vudu owners have been asking for since day one. When RIA is released for private local development I can imagine our own sourceforge type project site.

I'll be watching this space for that "update" / widget / app to come. It seems that I can't transfer anything to the box as well (and take advantage of the 250GB hard drive)?

I'd really like to buy it @ the Xmas Special price, but I'd need to know what's coming, so I'll probably just wait..

Thanks
post #126 of 1923
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Originally Posted by nded View Post

If all the PC's you are using are on the same LAN it definitely sounds more like a shared DNS error from the DHCP server.

How do I fix this DNS error, it is only VUDU.COM that has the problem. Every other web site, has no problem, and it just started happening in the last day or two.

BTW: I watched a movie through my VUDU box tonight, so it is having no trouble with the network.
post #127 of 1923
I am confused by what they mean when they say SD? I keep hearing people say their SD is great quality, but I really don't think it would be good to watch all these movies in 4:3 unless the director shot it that way.

Also, have people really done a comparison of BR vs. their HDX? Is it really that close?

Also I find it a bit odd they won't let you search their catalog unless you are an owner?!

Last question is whether they have implemented some sort of preview feature on their films before you buy or rent? I really would like to be able to check the quality of their encoding on a title by title basis. Is this at least in the works?

I am about this close to buying one in the next 24 hours!
post #128 of 1923
SD is SD, as in not HD. This has nothing to do with the aspect ratio, it can be in 4:3, 16:9, or other, it is just not HD. However, I only watch HD so someone else will have to answer this question more authoritatively.

I have done side by side comparison with HDX and the same title on Blu-Ray, frame by frame, and it is very close.

No comment on your third question.

Last question is that there is no preview of material, other than the trailer, which gives you no idea of the quality, of the encoding. I agree this is an important feature, one that Directv provides, and VUDU should step up to the plate on this one. That being said, I have only seen a couple movies so far, that had really bad transfers, that were labeled HD, and none that were HDX.
post #129 of 1923
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Originally Posted by Free View Post

SD is SD, as in not HD. This has nothing to do with the aspect ratio, it can be in 4:3, 16:9, or other, it is just not HD. However, I only watch HD so someone else will have to answer this question more authoritatively.

I have done side by side comparison with HDX and the same title on Blu-Ray, frame by frame, and it is very close.

No comment on your third question.

Last question is that there is no preview of material, other than the trailer, which gives you no idea of the quality, of the encoding. I agree this is an important feature, one that Directv provides, and VUDU should step up to the plate on this one. That being said, I have only seen a couple movies so far, that had really bad transfers, that were labeled HD, and none that were HDX.

Ok so are their SD movies in 16:9 aspect ratio?
post #130 of 1923
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Originally Posted by consolejoker View Post

Ok so are their SD movies in 16:9 aspect ratio?

Most of the DVDs I owned between 1998 and 2005 were widescreen. Just like most of my HD DVD/BD titles are.
post #131 of 1923
I am confused by what they mean when they say SD? I keep hearing people say their SD is great quality, but I really don't think it would be good to watch all these movies in 4:3 unless the director shot it that way.

Remember that "SD" is just a standard definition DVD. Until high-definition DVDs came out all movies were delivered on SD (standard definition) DVDs. Now you can buy high-definition DVDs ... Blu-ray (now-a-days). "SD" has nothing to do with the layout of the movie or the screen.

I have watched many SD movies on Vudu. Just like DVDs these Vudu SD come in whatever the studio supplies. I have watched several hundred movies on Vudu and only very rarely seen 4:3; usually these are just poor transfers from the studios.

Sadly, I also have DVDs which are also 4:3 transfers; usually where the studio just dumped whatever they have to DVD to make a buck. This is NOT what happens with Vudu movies. You have to watch quite a lot of "nonstandard" / non-mainstream movies to encounter this (and I do watch a lot so I do know what I am talking about here).


Also I find it a bit odd they won't let you search their catalog unless you are an owner?!
Many websites are like this. Even AVS once was like this AFAIK.

I believe you can still browse.


Last question is whether they have implemented some sort of preview feature on their films before you buy or rent? I really would like to be able to check the quality of their encoding on a title by title basis. Is this at least in the works?
The previews are movie trailers, just like in the theater; AFAIK they come from the studio, not Vudu.

In the two instances I have had problems with quality, I have called/written Vudu support and gotten my money back. They are thankful when you spot something others will not like. Vudu appears to be very focused on customer service / quality.
post #132 of 1923
Just picked this up last night. Sweet deal with the $200 in free movies. I currently have an Apple TV so I'm looking forward to doing a side-by-side.

One thing I notice is that NONE of the trailers are available? Is this normal?
post #133 of 1923
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Originally Posted by Free View Post

How do I fix this DNS error, it is only VUDU.COM that has the problem. Every other web site, has no problem, and it just started happening in the last day or two.

BTW: I watched a movie through my VUDU box tonight, so it is having no trouble with the network.

Well... I e-mailed tech support this morning about the web site issue, and just checked, and it is already fixed. I have done nothing with my network, so it must have been on their end.

They are very speedy, and great customer service, from my experience. I really hope they continue to do well. It is little companies like this, that are innovative, and put the customer first, that really deserve to thrive. I kind of hope they don't get too big, or the CS may suffer.
post #134 of 1923
I see when browsing their online catalog only 3 pages of TV shows. However the press releases suggest way more than that. What shows are on there and what networks? Shows like Lost? What about Food Network? Would be nice if Vudu would put the full browseable catalog on there.
post #135 of 1923
I ordered mine today from their website, took advantage of the $99 offer, I chose 2d air. How long will it take to ship, does it ship the same day if ordered by 3pm? I know they are in CA but maybe they have warehouses in the central states?
post #136 of 1923
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Originally Posted by consolejoker View Post

Ok so are their SD movies in 16:9 aspect ratio?

Many SD titles are 16:9, some are 4:3, some are even "wider" - it all depends on the source material provided by the studio.
post #137 of 1923
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Originally Posted by Joe Przybylski View Post

Just picked this up last night. Sweet deal with the $200 in free movies. I currently have an Apple TV so I'm looking forward to doing a side-by-side.

One thing I notice is that NONE of the trailers are available? Is this normal?

Give your new Vudu about 4-6 days to download all the trailers and posters (it happens in the background, so the more you use your Vudu, the longer it will take for you to download the trailers).
post #138 of 1923
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Originally Posted by consolejoker View Post

I see when browsing their online catalog only 3 pages of TV shows. However the press releases suggest way more than that. What shows are on there and what networks? Shows like Lost? What about Food Network? Would be nice if Vudu would put the full browseable catalog on there.

Mainstream TV titles are the weakest part of Vudu rcatalog ight now - only about 85 series are in the catalog. With the recent relase of the RIA (Rich Internet Applications) interface, I expect to see a variety of creative Vudu Labs solutions to this in 2009 for the Vudu.
post #139 of 1923
anyone care to comment on their opinion of how vudu compares to appletv? i mean which is the most fun? which one can really replace blockbuster?

personally, i'm torn after reading about both. it seems like to have the best video download services at home right now one would go with cabletv and supplement that with both the vudu and appletv. that would give you hd movies through vudu and a huge other library through appletv
post #140 of 1923
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FWIW, Vudu broke into the "other library" category last week with the introduction of Vudu Labs and RIA (Rich Internet Applications). In 2009 we'll be able to write our own RIA applications for Vudu, which should give the Vudu a bigger than huge "other library".
post #141 of 1923
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Originally Posted by darryl b View Post

anyone care to comment on their opinion of how vudu compares to appletv? i mean which is the most fun? which one can really replace blockbuster?

personally, i'm torn after reading about both. it seems like to have the best video download services at home right now one would go with cabletv and supplement that with both the vudu and appletv. that would give you hd movies through vudu and a huge other library through appletv

Depends. I have a 50" Fujitsu that I paid $6k for back in early 2006. I have yet to really use it's HD capabilities. I am so tired of waiting for a quick and affordable way to enjoy HD. BR is too expensive, NetFlix requires waiting, as their streaming HD doesn't do justice, plus involves other contraptions like PCs or XBoxes. Apple HD doesn't compare with BR.

So here comes HDX from Vudu. I know it is probably a few percent shy of BR, but at this point it's damned close enough.

And doesn't Vudu have 12k titles in their library? How much more does Apple have that you're actually gonna miss, aside from TV, which I hope Vudu improves?
post #142 of 1923
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There were 12,495 titles in the Vudu catalog when I last looked - with over 1,300 available in HD/HDX, and it just keeps getting bigger every week. The netflix streaming service is all old content - that's the only thing they can afford to give away. If you want access to the most movies, and the largest HD catalog in the world, Vudu is the winner.
post #143 of 1923
Anyone lose your Audio Settings on VUDU? I initially set the audio for Dolby Digtal,but a few weeks later it seems to have defaulted to PCM. Reset it and everything sounds fine,but wondering if there was a firmware update that may have caused the switch?
Thanks
post #144 of 1923
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Originally Posted by consolejoker View Post

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And doesn't Vudu have 12k titles in their library? How much more does Apple have that you're actually gonna miss, aside from TV, which I hope Vudu improves?

what about all of this stuff about appleTV in another thread?

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Apple announced Thursday that all four of the major US television networks are offering primetime programs in high definition on the iTunes Store, which has become the world's most popular online TV service with over 200 million episodes sold, including more than one million HD episodes purchased since last month.

"We've got an incredible Fall 2008 TV lineup with over 70 primetime comedies and dramas, including many of the most popular shows on TV in stunning HD," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Internet Services. "With over 200 million episodes sold, iTunes customers have proven they love watching television on their computer, iPod, iPhone and TV with Apple TV."

The iTunes Store features the world's largest online catalog of TV programs with over 70 primetime comedies and dramas from the major networks and television programs from over 70 cable networks including Bravo, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, ESPN, FX, HBO, MTV, Nickelodeon, Sci Fi, Showtime and USA.

Apple said the list of HD programs now available on the iTunes Store includes ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," "Desperate Housewives," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Grey's Anatomy," "Life on Mars," "Lost," "Private Practice," "Samantha Who?" and "Ugly Betty." CBS programming includes "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "CSI: New York," "NCIS" and "Numb3rs." FOX shows include "Bones," "House," "Prison Break" and "Sons of Anarchy," which airs on FX. NBC shows include "30 Rock," "Heroes," "Kath & Kim," "Knight Rider," "Law & Order: SVU," "Life," "Lipstick Jungle," "My Own Worst Enemy" and "The Office," and SCI FI Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" and "Eureka," and USA Network's "In Plain Sight," "Monk," "Psych" and "The Starter Wife."

Standard definition television shows on the iTunes Store are $1.99 per episode, while HD programs from ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX are $2.99 per episode. Many series offer a season pass option which allows customers to purchase entire seasons at a discounted price.

The iTunes Store digital media catalog now spans over eight million songs, over 30,000 TV episodes and over 2,500 films including 600 in high definition.

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all of the above is a compelling reason for me, and i'll bet a lot of people, to feel torn apple's other content and vudu's movie content.
post #145 of 1923
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Originally Posted by darryl b View Post

what about all of this stuff about appleTV in another thread?
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all of the above is a compelling reason for me, and i'll bet a lot of people, to feel torn apple's other content and vudu's movie content.

This is easy for me. I would rather keep $10/month basic cable, lose the rest of cable which is utterly useless to me outside of the Food Network, and then watch network TV through Cable. Then rely on Vudu for all film and I would imagine a TV catalog that will grow over time.

The thing for me is I am a videophile. I have equipment that is being wasted without the best input feed. Apple TV and Netflix VOD are just not even close to BR. Vudu gives me near BR quality at a very attractive price and form factor. Apple is just not even a consideration.
post #146 of 1923
I agree mostly, as I would love to ditch cable and watch HD TV content on Vudu as well. As long as it comes in timely and HDX Quality.
post #147 of 1923
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Originally Posted by Free View Post

I agree mostly, as I would love to ditch cable and watch HD TV content on Vudu as well. As long as it comes in timely and HDX Quality.

I think for tv series, HD would suffice in most cases, its not like Scorsese is directing these shows, but sure if it would come in HDX I wouldn't complain.

I think the problem with Apple and Netflix and all the cable networks is that they treat us like we're idiots. Like we don't know what HD is about. OK, so most people probably are fooled, but the people on this forum are probably not. The whole point of HD is for the stuff to look exceptional. The crap they pass off as HD today on cable is laughable. I feel like HD should have put constraints on the bitrate as well as the resolution, because in the digital world it is that important.
post #148 of 1923
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Originally Posted by consolejoker View Post

This is easy for me. I would rather keep $10/month basic cable, lose the rest of cable which is utterly useless to me outside of the Food Network, and then watch network TV through Cable. Then rely on Vudu for all film and I would imagine a TV catalog that will grow over time.

Yes, let's do some basic math... $2.99 per episode, 13 episodes per year - just short of $40 for one program. How many do you watch a week, a year, 3... 4... 5... more...?

Now, if you really like the program and would watch it repeatedly, perhaps it is a bargain.
post #149 of 1923
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Originally Posted by consolejoker View Post

I think for tv series, HD would suffice in most cases, its not like Scorsese is directing these shows, but sure if it would come in HDX I wouldn't complain.

I think the problem with Apple and Netflix and all the cable networks is that they treat us like we're idiots. Like we don't know what HD is about. OK, so most people probably are fooled, but the people on this forum are probably not. The whole point of HD is for the stuff to look exceptional. The crap they pass off as HD today on cable is laughable. I feel like HD should have put constraints on the bitrate as well as the resolution, because in the digital world it is that important.

Good points, I agree.

On the topic of cost, just to be able to view an episode you missed, due to a cable failure, or to watch in higher quality, without commercials, and especially without that awful network logo stamped in the middle of the screen, would be worth it to me.
post #150 of 1923
New Vudu owner, my family bought me one of the vudu boxes and am pretty enthused to get started. It ran thru the setup, did the network settings, i did the activation and showed my $100 credit plus $200 from bestbuy for a total of $300 credits and its been sitting at the "loading the latest content" screen for probably close to two hours.

Is this normal?

Also, it says do not unplug or turn off your box so im kinda in limbo here. doesnt look like the content (Progress) bar has moved in the past 2 hours either.
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