VUDU Launches HDX, New Benchmark For Picture Quality In On-Demand ContentThursday, October 2nd, 2008
New HDX Format Is Highest Quality Offered in Internet Distribution, Delivering Consumers Highest Available On-Demand Quality and Twice the Resolution of Existing Internet HD Content
SANTA CLARA, CA — VUDU Inc., a leading provider of digital technologies and services that deliver Internet entertainment to consumers’ HDTVs and Home Theaters, today unveiled HDX, a groundbreaking video format that for the first time enables the viewing of Internet-delivered movie content in full High Definition 1080p format optimized for 40 inch and larger HDTVs and Home Theaters.
HDX delivers the highest quality available from any Internet, broadcast, cable, or satellite on-demand service, offering consumers a true cinematic experience with a vividly detailed and virtually artifact free picture accompanied by immersive, high-resolution sound. HDX movies are available today to all VUDU customers and are offered at the same price as standard HD titles’ customers can get HDX quality for not a penny extra.
VUDU has already compiled a library of 65 films available now in the new HDX format and will offer every newly released HD title in the new format. VUDU will also deliver many recent releases and timeless classics in HDX, providing consumers a quickly growing library of HDX content. With this new offering, VUDU is the only Internet movie delivery service offering consumers a choice between an instant-start HD experience and a superior quality HD download version.
“HDX truly raises the bar on picture quality for HD movies delivered on demand, over the air, satellite or Internet and across the entire video landscape,” said Mark Jung, CEO of VUDU. “Accelerating consumer adoption of large screen HDTVs has fueled strong demand for the kind of viewing experience and picture quality only HDX can deliver.”
VUDU is introducing HDX at a time when technology advances and rapidly declining prices have driven explosive growth in the larger than 40 inch HDTV segment. The same forces have led to rapidly increasingly penetration of 1080p full high definition TVs. Consumers who buy these large screen HDTVs and Home Theaters are demanding higher and higher picture quality and want the convenience of Internet delivery.
HDX content is displayed in the true cinematic gold standard of 1080p at 24 frames per second. HDX delivers twice the resolution of other Internet HD formats and offers an ultra-detailed and virtually artifact free picture on any size screen. HDX also provides the best available surround sound quality for Internet delivered movies with immersive, high resolution sound at a 40 percent higher bit-rate than standard surround sound DVD’s.
TruFilm Technology Delivers Groundbreaking Quality
VUDU’s unique TruFilm™ technology is at the core of the HDX’s groundbreaking picture quality. TruFilm is designed to optimize the encoding, transmission, and display of HDX movies on HDTVs and larger Home Theater screens using the following technologies:
- Psychovisual Processing
Improves picture quality by enhancing details in dark areas of the picture, virtually removing the dark area artifacts typical of Internet movies.
- Film Grain Preservation
Improves the cinematic experience by ensuring that the displayed picture remains true to the fine optical texture of the original film.
- Statistical Variable Bitrate
Ensures optimal video quality throughout the film by allocating a higher encoding budget to high detail and high motion segments of the film, while preserving the ability to stream it over the Internet.
- Color Gradient Processing
A unique technology used to tune the picture for optimal display on modern LCD and Plasma televisions.
HDX movies are available to rent at the same price as VUDU’s instant HD movies. Consumers can order HDX movies directly on their VUDU or online at www.vudu.com/movies with delivery times expected to take a few hours, depending on the length of the movie ordered. VUDU will continue to offer HD titles in both HDX and instant HD formats, affording consumers the choice of ordering ahead the highest available quality movie or renting HD movies that are delivered instantly to their TV.