Despite the name, this has nothing to do with zombies, Haiti, mysterious Louisiana Bayous, or anything else “voodoo” related—although it does seem like there might be a little bit of magic inside this strangely named set-top box. Vudu gives you access to thousands of television shows and movies directly through your TV, without the need for a computer or cable/satellite service.
With Vudu, you can rent or buy titles, including major Hollywood movies in the same week they’re released on DVD, and begin watching them instantly. All you need is a broadband Internet connection. There are no monthly fees, and standard-def and 720p HD movies start immediately. Vudu offers easy setup and configuration, as well as an excellent onscreen interface and scroll-wheel remote.
In addition, Vudu just released its new HDX format, which displays content in true 1080p HD at 24 frames per second. According to the company, HDX content offers an ultra-detailed and virtually artifact free picture on any size screen.
Are you willing to let the Vudu get you? Give it a try—it just might put a spell on you. —by Graham W.