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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

As Michael Fremer discussed in his <A href="http://ultimateavmag.com/michaelfremer/205mf/">February 2005 column</A>, Cablevision recently agreed to sell the primary assets of its Voom HD satellite service&mdash;including the satellite itself and FCC licenses to operate DBS services on 11 frequencies from the satellite's orbital location as well as ground facilities in South Dakota&mdash;to EchoStar, the company behind competitor Dish Network, for $200 million in cash. Apparently, Cablevision founder and chairman Charles Dolan opposed the sale, while his son James, CEO of the company, supported it. The elder Dolan and another son, Tom, then signed a letter of intent to purchase the remaining Voom assets from Cablevision.

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SV Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2008 0 comments
Bad news Voom. After Dish pulled the plug on this great source of HD content, it didn't really stand a chance. No other major provider stepped up to carry the 15 HD channels of Voom, so, by the end of January, no more Voom.Two HD channels of...
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Scott Wilkinson Posted: Mar 04, 2005 0 comments

Earlier this week, it looked like the Voom HD satellite service was dead, but it now seems that reports of its demise were at least slightly exaggerated. On <A href="http://www.ultimateavmag.com/news/030105voom/">Tuesday</A>, we reported that Cablevision, Voom's parent company, decided to pull the plug after founder Charles Dolan failed to meet a February 28 deadline for purchasing Voom's remaining assets. (The Voom satellite and FCC licenses to operate at its orbital location are being purchased by rival EchoStar, subject to regulatory approval.)

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Jon Iverson Posted: Apr 29, 2001 0 comments

According to <A HREF="http://www.zenith.com">Zenith</A>, the orginator of the VSB digital transmission system behind over-the-air broadcast of DTV and HDTV, "there will be no urban-rural 'digital divide' in the delivery of digital television (DTV) service." The company says that this is thanks in large part to ATSC VSB translators that it has developed.

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Barry Willis Posted: Jul 18, 1998 0 comments

The chicken-or-egg issue that plagued the early ramp-up of DVD may now be history. Sales of both DVD hardware and software are increasing rapidly, attendees learned at last week's <A HREF="http://www.vsda.org/">Video Software Dealers Association</A> convention in Las Vegas.

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Posted: Jun 06, 1999 0 comments

Most Net-connected movie fans have heard of downloading films. They have sampled AVI files and found the results less than satisfying. The digital video is jerky, out of focus, and suffers from terrible pixelation effects---all caused by slow microprocessors and low frame rates. The present typical state of the art isn't high enough for most folks to take Internet video seriously.

Kim Wilson Posted: Oct 08, 2008 0 comments

VUDU Inc., has unveiled HDX, a high definition video format that delivers full HD 1080p material using the company's existing set-top box. Content is delivered over the Internet and optimized for 40 inch and larger HDTVs. According to VUDU, the HDX content is the highest quality available from any Internet, broadcast, cable, or satellite on-demand service. HDX movies are available to all VUDU customers and will be rented for the same price as standard HD titles.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2008 0 comments
Rumors are flying fast and furious that VUDU is testing downloads that are similar to Blu-ray quality. A team of users are testing out this beta service and they're downloading these ultra-high-def movies, called HDX. According to a story on...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 23, 2009 0 comments
VUDU has just come out with a free app for the iPhone or iPod Touch, allowing users to search through their ever increasing library. Until now, this required a VUDU or a trip to VUDU.com. You can add to your queue, but you can't add to your...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments
Are you willing to pay $300 plus $6-10 a shot for an Internet-connected set-top download box that starts a movie as soon as you press the play button?
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 24, 2009 0 comments

Vudu has been streaming for over a year now, and it's a pretty nice service (just ask our own Gadget Gary Del'Abate). Get the Vudu box (now available in rack-mountable flavors for home theater buffs with a big gear closet), hook it up, and watch your favorite movies for a price.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2008 0 comments
The online movie rental business is quickly stepping up and offering high-quality stuff. The latest move comes from VUDU, a provider of Internet-delivered entertainment to consumer's HDTVs and home theaters. VUDU has announced 1080p"'HDX"...
Michael Berk Posted: Aug 10, 2011 0 comments

VUDU debuts on the iPad today, though not quite in the way you'd expect. You won't find a VUDU app in the App Store - and for good reason.

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SV Staff Posted: Nov 17, 2008 0 comments
The on-demand movie business is alive and well and living in the set-top box business. And competition is fierce. Climbing above the fray, Vudu is claiming to have more HD movies than anyone else. More than Netflix, Xbox 360, Apple TV, and...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 24, 2008 0 comments
What happens when you have the coolest new technology and no one cares? That seems to be what's happening with wireless HDMI. A report by ABI Research says sales for wireless HDMI systems won't hit one million until 2012, calling the market's...

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