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Vudu’s movie service is already available on 300-odd set top boxes and HDTVs including the PS3 and Boxee Box, but now it can add your personal computer to the list since it will start streaming its entire catalog right on the company’s website. The Flash-based player will let customers watch movies they’ve rented or purchased like any other device, but due to licensing issues it’s limited to a maximum 480p resolution with stereo sound for now. That’s disappointing for a company that pioneered high quality 1080p streaming with its HDX format but it could help attract customers who find a rental packed in with one of their DVDs or Blu-ray discs from Walmart. There’s no word yet on plans for mobile devices, but general manager Edward Lichty confirmed to us it plans to make content accessible in “as many places as possible” so we’d expect to hear something on that front soon (but probably after the launch of premium VOD.) Until then, there’s a few more screens in the gallery and a press release after the break or you can just check out the 2.0 interface for yourself on Vudu.com once everything goes live.
If you buy any of LG’s latest HDTVs, you’re pretty much assured it’ll have a big sticker saying “Smart TV” somewhere along its fascia assuring you of its internet connectivity and compatibility. But, if you’re still rocking some old school piece of visual tech that isn’t yet past its “watch by” date, you’ll be needing a set-top box of some kind to get on the web without leaving your couch. Naturally, LG would like to be the one to Smarten up your viewing habits there too, and so it’s just unveiled its new ST600 sidekick for older television sets. It adds DLNA connectivity for some wireless media transfer fun, grants access to a “vast range” of premium content as well as local programming, throws in a web browser, and finishes things off with LG’s TV Apps selection. Of course, this is the week of the pre-CES announcement, hence we’ve no pricing to share yet, but the way the company’s talking about it, the ST600 sounds like it might make an aggressive MSRP its standout feature. Sadly, that’s a bit of a distant hope for now as this Upgrader isn’t expected in shops until Q2 2011. Who knows if we’ll even be watching TV by that time?
Expect to see some changes to Boxee when its 9 D-Link-built Box ships in November, as Lead Apps Developer / Community evangelist Rob Spectre tells NewTeeVee that among them will be a new Webkit based browser. The current Mozilla based browser is clearly useful for some quick & unblocked Hulu viewing, but still doesn’t render many sites properly. According to Spectre, HTML5 “absolutely should be the future for the browsers you use on your TV,” with competition from Google TV we can see why he’d say that, and it should be ready to stream video from even more sites that don’t build Boxee apps. The desktop versions of the software will get the new browser in version 1.0 after the Boxee Box is released, so make sure your comparison charts are appropriately updated.