Vudu lowers price, still costs more than Apple TV
by Brad Linder, posted Jan 24th 2008 9:54AM
Vudu has slashed the cost of its overpriced digital video unit from $399 to a still kind of pricey $295. While the new price is a bit more reasonable, it still feels like a lot to ask for a set top box that only plays videos you have to pay for separately.
The price cut is likely a response to Apple's announcement that the Apple TV is now available for $229. Apple TV owners can also download videos directly to their boxes now, with no computer required. That makes the Apple TV kind of like a much cheaper Vudu with far more features. You can also use it to watch web video or access content stored on your PC.
When it comes to HD video, Vudu has the edge, with 1080i/1080p24 support while the Apple TV can only handle 720p videos.
If you're one of the handful of folks who have already shelled out $400 for a Vudu, you can get a $100 coupon towards video downloads if you've purchased your box within the last 30 days by calling Vudu customer support.