Like LG before them, Mitsubishi is embracing the HD streaming video awesomeness of Vudu with two new HDTVs: a 46-incher at $US2800 and one at 52 inches for $US3300.
Both 1080p HDTVs include wired and wireless internet connections and a crazy-sounding 16-speaker "sound projector" to really blast those rented flicks. Plus, the Vudu support includes support for YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and Pandora. Like Mitsubishi's previous deal, the purchase of one of these sets comes with a $US50 Vudu credit for the first two months. Full press release below. [Mitsubishi]
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Ships VUDU-Enabled 1080p Flat Panel LCD Televisions
Unisen™ Diamond Line of Immersive Sound TVs With Integrated VUDU Service, Delivers Extensive HD Library In Full 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound
IRVINE and Santa Clara, CA - September 3, 2009 —- Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. (MDEA) today announced it has begun shipping two new models of the Unisen Diamond 249 series that are VUDU-enabled out of the box. The Unisen Diamond models, LT-46249 and LT-52249, both 1080p flat panel HDTVs with integrated 16-speaker integrated sound projector and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound, combine the incredible sensory experience of the Unisen Diamond series with the excitement of VUDU's industry leading user experience and extensive on-demand HD movie library delivered instantly over the Internet.
Both models come equipped with an Ethernet port, which allows for wired or wireless connection to the Internet. Once the TV is connected to the Internet, the VUDU service is immediately available to consumers without the need for an additional device.
For a limited time, owners of Mitsubishi's VUDU-enabled TVs will receive two months worth of free movies*, including SD, HD, and HDX movies, allowing them to experience the extraordinary 1080p image quality and immersive Dolby™ Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound of the VUDU Service running on Mitsubishi HDTVs.
"We are always looking to elevate the large screen experience for consumers, and the Mitsubishi VUDU-enabled TVs will combine unprecedented HD program choice with unparalleled picture performance," said Frank DeMartin, vice president of marketing, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America. "Owners of Unisen Diamond Immersive Sound TV's will now have convenient access to high quality entertainment content."
With over 2,200 HD titles and 16,000 titles overall, VUDU offers the most extensive HD movie library available today. In addition, starting later this month, the VUDU service on Unisen Diamond 249 LCD TVs will offer popular Internet services such as YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and Pandora®, as well over 80 channels of on-demand TV to choose from.
"VUDU's extensive HD library of newly released Hollywood titles provides the perfect entertainment solution for the Unisen Diamond LCD TVs," said Alain Rossmann, CEO of VUDU. "Through this collaboration with Mitsubishi, we are expanding the reach of the VUDU Service to a broad new segment of consumers, providing an outstanding movie watching experience with true 1080p and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound."
Unisen Diamond 249 Features
In addition to the VUDU streaming capabilities, the Unisen 249 line of premium flat panel TVs combine ultra compact design, immersive sound technology and advanced video performance to deliver a complete sensory experience without the hassle of complex setup. Each model features an UltraThin Frame™ design delivering a frame measuring less than one inch, fully integrated 16-speaker Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround sound system, Variable Smooth 240 Film Motion for viewing of fast and slow moving programs, and Enhanced colour. Unisen LCD TVs feature wide colour gamut backlight technology to reproduce approximately 25 percent more colour than most LCD-TVs and both models are EnergyStar™ 3.0 qualified.
Availability and Pricing
MDEA plans to ship Unisen Diamond 249 models to authorised retailers in the United States by September 2009. Estimated retail pricing for the Unisen Diamond products will be $US2,799 for the 46" model, LT-46249 and $US3,299 for the 52" model, LT-52249.
About Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., the Official HDTV Sponsor of The PGA TOUR, manufactures and markets a comprehensive line of premium quality 1080p Home theatre TVs and Unisen™ Flat Panel TVs along with the world's first laser TV: LaserVue™. recognised as a world leader and innovator of large display high-definition televisions, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America builds products that lead the industry in quality, performance and ease-of-use. For additional information about MDEA, visit www.mitsubishi-tv.com.
VUDU is a leading provider of digital technologies and services that deliver Internet entertainment to consumers' HDTVs. The VUDU entertainment service supports native instant start HD and, for the first time, instant-start HDX, which, with 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second, the cinematic gold standard, is the highest quality on demand format available anywhere. Through relationships with every major U.S. movie studio and more than 40 independent studios and distributors, VUDU offers a vast array of on-demand choices at the highest quality. The VUDU collection is constantly updated, and newly released movies from major studios are available on the same day as the DVD is released. Consumers can finally watch great movies without the hassles associated with traditional services: no driving, no mailing, and no monthly fee. For more information, visit http://www.vudu.com/.