Earlier today Sony announced that PlayStation 3 users in the United States now have access to the movie streaming service VUDU via their games console. The VUDU application allows users to stream high quality 1080p HD content directly to their consoles. The service even offers full 5.1 surround sound on movies via Dolby Digital Plus.
According to the announcement on the official PlayStation blog, the VUDU service on the PlayStation 3 gives subscribers access to around 4,000 full HD movies, although they do point out that you don't have to subscribe to VUDU to take a browse through the library of films on offer.
VUDU differs from other download stores on the PlayStation 3 such as LOVEFiLM, based in the United Kingdom, by allowing users to pay for the titles they choose to watch rather than pay for a monthly subscription based service.
Next month VUDU will begin to roll out its brand new VUDU 2.0 interface to the plethora of devices the service is installed on. PlayStation 3 users will also get the update at the same time and thanks to the addition of PlayStation Move, support the service will become even easier to navigate from your front room.
VUDU once made hardware set-top boxes that streamed premium content to consumers homes, but after the company failed to turn a profit on the units, it switched to software for larger manufactures. VUDU has been expanding its services to manufactures such as Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp,Toshiba and to televisions, blu-ray players and other devices. Earlier in the year the company was bought out by US giant Wal-Mart in a move worth more than $100 million.