LG first to bring VUDU to HDTVs

LG Electronics has announced VUDU integration on their LH50 1080p LCD series and PS80 Plasma 1080p series televisions. The labeled “NetCast Entertainment Access” will begin next month, allowing viewers to buy or rent from VUDU’s library of over 2,000 high-definition movies.

“Together, LG’s Broadband HDTVs and the VUDU service will set the industry standard for easy access to on-demand HD movies,” said Alain Rossmann, CEO of VUDU.

VUDU delivers almost instant streaming HD content (over the internet), and with the LG integration requires no further hardware. VUDU compacts 1080p video into its HDX format, which includes Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound audio.

LG’s 47-inch class* LCD HDTV (model 47LH50) and 50-inch class* plasma HDTV (model 50PS80) with NetCast Entertainment Access are available now at national retailers with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,699 and $1,799. LG’s 42-inch class* LCD (model 42LH50) and 60-inch class* plasma (model 60PS80) will be available and existing LG Broadband TV owners will be able to add the VUDU service next month.

LG is the first to integrate VUDU into HDTVs, although Vizio announced an agreement with VUDU back last month.

CORRECTION: Our story mentioned Hulu twice in the article, when it should have been VUDU. Updated July 30, 2009.

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