Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vudu Streaming Service Adds Wikipedia to the 10-foot interface

Vudu, provider of high definition streaming service has integrated Wikipedia into the Vudu interface.  Vudu originally  service sold via a CE box that  later moved on “outside the box” and began also packaging its service into LG and Mitsubishi TV sets.  Vudu’s service keys on a Movies-on-Demand service where you rent or buy movies of your choosing right from the 10-foot interface.

VUDU Wiki 1

More recently Vudu has added Pandora streaming, flickr & picasa photos, YouTube and games.  This new wikipedia menu functionality lets you select the Wikipedia menu item on the page for any movie and find out what the world has to say about it.  You can also navigate through all of the links on the Wikipedia page just like you would on Wikipedia.com.  Vudu has built in the ability to link back into the VUDU service from the Wiki interface whenever it sees any movie, actor, or director in its database.

VUDU Wiki 2

Vudu is promoting the fact that the service is internet based and therefore doesn’t require a manufacturer to push out a firmware update (or worse, take forever to push out a firmware update.

I don’t have access to Vudu, but I’m curious if any GeekTonic readers have it.   Let us know in the comments what you think.

Read more about the feature updates on the Vudu Blog