Originally Posted by GEP
One comment I noticed that was missed, Marcus wants the audio to go from the TV to the AVR via HDMI. That is not going to happen, the TV does not support Audio Return Channel on HDMI.
Yes you can still get the TV/VUDU audio to the AVR but you need to connect the TV's Coaxial Digital Audio Output to the AVR. That would be a shielded RCA type cable. You will need to change inputs on the AVR to thisn connection when you want to hear the VUDU. It will be Dolby Digital up to 5.1.
Also yes the picture quality will average much better on VUDU. However it is a pay per view so if you watch more than 2 HD or HDX movies a month, it is more expensive than Netflix. Most HDX movies average $5.99 (1080p) and most HD (720p) movies average $4.99. I cannot see a big difference between HDX and HD so I most often use HD. (yes I can see a small difference but not a big difference).
Well I received my coaxial and ethernet cables this week. I still need to configure my AV Receiver for the audio coming from VUDU.
But, I have to say setting getting setup on VUDU was very easy, seamless in fact. I'm impressed with the different apps they offer like Picasa, Pandora and many others that I haven't tried yet. Most importantly for me is the quality and selection of the movies they offer. Lots of newly released movies that Netflix doesn’t have yet are available. You pay for them as you go and they are not cheap. I can still drive 5 minutes to a local DVD/BD rental store and get the same movies for about half. But, it’s nice to be able to browse and have the choice to watch something that is streamed from time to time.
My only bottleneck now is my home network speed. Within the VUDU app you can run a speed test which will recommend to the user which streaming speed works best for his or her system. VUDU’s recommendation for me is always “SD” which is 480p, it doesn’t look terrible, but it’s not great either. They also offer “HD” (720p) and “HDX” (1080p). I tried watching a few trailers and previews at the HDX speed and the feed was, as expected, interrupted many times while it buffered. I need to check with my internet provider to find out my options for increasing the bandwidth.
But, so far I’m liking VUDU. Wal-Mart might be on to something.