Vudu Starts In-Browser Streaming (in SD Only)

Paul Lilly

You can find Vudu on hundreds of devices, such as HDTVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, Sony's PlayStation 3 console, and the Boxee Box. In addition to all that, Vudu just announced that its entire catalog of content is now available directly on Vudu.com, accessible via your Web browser in a Flash-based player that will allow you to watch your rented or purchased flicks on your PC or CE device.

"Customers will be able to enjoy movies instantly and easily at Vudu.com with no additional hardware or software download required," said Edward Lichty, general manager of Vudu. "This launch is part of our overall commitment to provide the Vudu service through as many points of access as possible, offering our customer the latest movies at the highest available streaming quality wherever they choose to watch."

It's a great move by Vudu, though marred by the fact that content streamed through the browser is only available in standard definition. According to Engadget , licensing issues are to blame for the 480p (with stereo sound) cap, at least for now. At some point, you'd have to think that the Walmart-owned company would be able to hammer out a deal opening up HD streaming.

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