Whoa. This summer Americans were pretty excited about Vudu bringing Rotten Tomatoes to connected LG hardware. Take that excitement, add hardware from Mitsubishi, SANYO, Sharp, Toshiba and Vizio, and multiply it by hundreds of services and you've got Vudu Apps.
For months, Vudu has been steadily strengthening its stable of services, rolling out Wikipedia, Pandora and Flickr applications to connected LG TVs (in addition to streaming 1080p movies). Vudu Apps expands their reach in terms of services offered as well as hardware supported by offering hundreds of apps to connected TVs and Blu-ray players from a variety of new partners: the service will show up in HDTVs from Mitsubishi, SANYO, Sharp, Toshiba and Vizio, as well as Blu-ray players from those last two companies.
We've stated that connected devices, when fully realised, could put an end to the separate streaming-based boxes that clutter our AV stacks. This is a strong step in that direction. Though it's unclear exactly how Vudu will manage all the new content, the screenshots suggest some sort of browser-based system. By officially partnering with Mitsubishi, SANYO, Sharp, Toshiba and Vizio, and bringing content from Twitter to New York Times to Entourage, Vudu Apps shows a lot of promise for multi-service, connected TVs and Blu-ray players in 2010.
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