Sony’s announced yet another perk for US-based PlayStation 3 owners: VUDU, the HD movie streaming service, is headed to an XMB near you next week. This news comes hot on the heels of the NHL announcing they will begin streaming live games to the console and Hulu Plus becoming available to the masses. Add in NetFlix, MUBI, and now the exclusive VUDU, PlayStation 3 owners have no excuse to not have anything to watch.
For those not up on the streaming video business, VUDU is similar to NetFlix, with a few key differences. The most obvious is the fact that VUDU, as a streaming only service, operates on a pay-as-you-go basis, thereby not requiring a subscription to access its content. Another key feature VUDU holds over NetFlix is the ability to rent or purchase most top movies right when they are released on DVD and/or Blu-ray, none of that waiting period mumbo jumbo. Add in the social aspect of the service, with the ability to suggest movies for friends via social networks, and VUDU sounds like a great deal for the impulse movie watcher.
VUDU will offer PS3 owners instant streaming movies in HD/HDX 1080p formats, with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound, starting next week. After downloading the app from the PlayStation Store, it will reside under the video icon, ready to launch when needed.