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Old 09-10-2008, 05:13 AM   #1  
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Apparently some Vudu beta testers are being asked to check out new HD downloads that are supposed to match Blu-ray quality. These new HDX flicks are so data heavy, you've gotta wait two to three hours just for the flick to start. This actually jibes with what we heard a few months ago--that Vudu was looking at offering two tiers of HD movies, though there's no guarantee that this is anything more than market research. That's a long time to wait for a quality (and likely, price) bump that your average Joe probably wouldn't be able to tell distinguish from their standard HD stuff.
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:02 AM   #2  
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HDX is now official, and there is no price bump. HD and HDX rentals are the same price, $3.99, $4.99, or $5.99. With the addition of now being able to order from the web, you can pick your HDX movie while at work, and it will be totally downloaded when you get home.
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:25 PM   #3  
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:54 PM   #4  
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I don't know if it's quite up to par with
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:01 AM   #5  
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it will never be. Downloads won't be the way because of the limits and caps of the Broadband I mean even 10 years later we still have caps on downloads.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:13 PM   #6  
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Nice...blur-ray is already old news
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:31 AM   #7  
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Default Given some of the quality of Blu-rays...

is so poor, the HDX format is pretty darn close. So you have to wait a while for it. So what? You have to wait for a Blu-ray to arrive in the mail or to go rent one?

Digital downloads have some probs here and there with artifacts in dark areas, but the HDX is 1080p with 5.1 and thats what most Blu-rays are.

Good bye Blu-ray.
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is so poor, the HDX format is pretty darn close. So you have to wait a while for it. So what? You have to wait for a Blu-ray to arrive in the mail or to go rent one?

Digital downloads have some probs here and there with artifacts in dark areas, but the HDX is 1080p with 5.1 and thats what most Blu-rays are.

Good bye Blu-ray.
I'm going to stick with watching the mailbox rather than pay $5-$6 a movie. At those prices, if you watch very many movies you could get a monster Netflix plan and have movies/TV shows/music piled up.
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:28 PM   #9  
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I have VuDu but don't have speeds capable of the 1080p HDX and after seeing the prices, I don't care, I wouldn't use VuDu anyway unless the prices comes way down. Blu-ray is also much better, both video and audio and much less expensive to rent. Now that Wal-Mart owns VuDu, perhaps prices will come down, we will have to wait and see. The only possible advantage with VuDu HDX over Blu-ray is the selection will be larger.

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is so poor, the HDX format is pretty darn close. So you have to wait a while for it. So what? You have to wait for a Blu-ray to arrive in the mail or to go rent one?

Digital downloads have some probs here and there with artifacts in dark areas, but the HDX is 1080p with 5.1 and thats what most Blu-rays are.

Good bye Blu-ray.
So,,you just equated HDX with poor quality BD's. Sounds like a waste of bandwidth. And at those prices, you be paying more for substandard pic,,,when a good netflix account will deliver the quality BD's in how they were meant to be viewed.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:38 PM   #11  
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I agree that BluRay discs are still slightly better.

But I have Vudu which comes from an ethernet line to my router right next to the TV and very good bandwidth.

When I select a movie online, there is no delay, we start watching immediately.
The HDX quality appears to vary slightly from film to film, but it is pretty darn good.

I am sure not saying it's cheap. But we have a 55in Tv and HD and above looks great on it. If I pay $5.99 and my wife and daughter and I can all sit in the comfort of the living room and enjoy it, isn't that a savings from the 3 of us paying admission to the (nice, DLP) local theater? OK, sometimes people DO enjoy getting out.

What doesn't work well anymore is SD Netflix streaming. SD was pretty ok on my 46in DLP. On the 55in LED/LCD it is just terrible. Unacceptable. I have to give up on it.
Fortunately the BluRay upconverts standard def DVDs pretty well and they are very watchable.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:22 PM   #12  
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Nice, I just got a set with vudu. I'll have to check it out.
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:28 AM   #13  
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