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    Engadget article - LAN streaming

    Anyone see this yet?? Maybe we'll soon be able to stream our own videos - this could be king if it supports enough codecs/containers!!

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/16/p...streaming-too/

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    Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

    "Our open development environment allows us to easily release new applications in partnership with some of today's most popular services and content delivery platforms, increasing the value of the VUDU service platform for our users and partners."

    "Our Open..." .... "allows us... in partnership"?... Is this "open" development platform only going to be made available to "partners" and not to the general public?... I hope not... Maybe I'm reading too much in between the lines.

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      #3
      Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

      Originally posted by tamanaco View Post
      "Our Open..." .... "allows us... in partnership"?... Is this "open" development platform only going to be made available to "partners" and not to the general public?

      I don't read it that way. I'm expecting to see more like the Pandora app in Vudu labs. They partner with Pandora to develop the app and then release it to the general public, for example...

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        Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

        Would Vudu and/or the production companies release a tool that would basically allow users to bypass purchasing movies? (just torrent them instead) It is a great feature and I'm probably overreacting - I'm sure only a small fraction of Vudu's user base would go to the trouble of downloading a movie instead of paying $5 to rent it. And users looking to download pre-release movies are going to do that anyway regardless of being able to play them on a Vudu.

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          Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

          Originally posted by Taveanator View Post
          Would Vudu and/or the production companies release a tool that would basically allow users to bypass purchasing movies? (just torrent them instead) It is a great feature and I'm probably overreacting - I'm sure only a small fraction of Vudu's user base would go to the trouble of downloading a movie instead of paying $5 to rent it. And users looking to download pre-release movies are going to do that anyway regardless of being able to play them on a Vudu.
          I think that would be a mistake. You have movie studios who completely control what content they will allow Vudu to have. I would bet that if Vudu gives this ability it would make the studios more reluctant to accept the VOD business paradigm and could hinder the agreements, thus possibly reducing the amount of content for Vudu itself.

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            Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

            This really depends on whether RIA apps will need to be run from VUDU's servers/be approved by VUDU or they'll be local. Obviously, no torrent app will make it through official channels and same would probably be true for a plug-in for Hulu/TV.com/etc. But as we've seen with AppleTV, unofficial apps could supplement functionality greatly.

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              Originally posted by Rusdude View Post
              This really depends on whether RIA apps will need to be run from VUDU's servers/be approved by VUDU or they'll be local. Obviously, no torrent app will make it through official channels and same would probably be true for a plug-in for Hulu/TV.com/etc. But as we've seen with AppleTV, unofficial apps could supplement functionality greatly.
              You make a good point here... I "believe" the Vudu Labs concept and most of its features will live in the cloud. Other components/features to enhance the box functionality will continue to be "pushed" into the box. This is where the "partners" will add features. In other words, the door to add features to the Vudu Labs (in the Vudu box) environment will be in the cloud and always controlled by Vudu. The rumor mill (leaked picture with the "Home Movies" feature under Picasa) seems to point to another component that will have to live in a local computer at home to be able to stream content to the Vudu box. Let's called it "Local Vudu Labs"... this is where "independent" development if allow "might" occur... In other words, the Vudu box itself will be a closed environment the plugins will be developed/deployed on an external local "server" component that would be open to "independent" developers... and partners. Do I make sense... Of course... I'm speculating here.

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                "VUDU soon to add PC-streaming feature"

                http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/...aming-feature/

                Official word that VUDU jazzed up its service offering with the addition of Pandora came through this morning but now some less-than-official news is creeping out that may be even more interesting. As you can see in the leaked screen shot above, VUDU is currently working on a new feature called Home Movies. According to Zatz Not Funny!, Home Movies will provide a Slingcatcher-like PC to TV streaming experience. It will reportedly allow users to stream H.264 video from a PC to the VUDU box, plugging yet another hole hole as the team continues to add value beyond HD movie rentals and purchases. It looks like the advent of the RIA platform was indeed a pretty effective catalyst for VUDU ? let?s hope it can continue to add new features and services as the company makes its best effort to weather the storm.


                Sounds good to me!

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                  #9
                  Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

                  Questions and feature request:

                  If this feature is enabled, will it receive content over a SMB share?

                  Do you have a beta test program for users?

                  Please include support for .TP HD content recorded from OTA antenna with a Dvico HD tuner.

                  Thanks,

                  Hexnut

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                    #10
                    Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

                    Hexnut,

                    We can't discuss, confirm or deny any specifics or features that are not yet released to the public at large. Vudu has a robust beta team that is involved with testing new features. Those who are on it cannot discuss what is or what is not coming nor should they really indicate they are in the program.

                    I do not know if Vudu is adding beta testers at this time.

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                      Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

                      Originally posted by NA9D View Post
                      nor should they really indicate they are in the program.
                      I doubt the disclosure of one being a beta member is a violation of the NDA, although personally, if I was one I wouldn't say, not for fear of the NDA, but because I would not want to be nagged about things I might know.

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                        #12
                        Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

                        Originally posted by rstone View Post
                        I doubt the disclosure of one being a beta member is a violation of the NDA, although personally, if I was one I wouldn't say, not for fear of the NDA, but because I would not want to be nagged about things I might know.
                        I don't know. I've been in betas for companies in the past where to even tell someone you were in the beta was an NDA violation. It's just better not to disclose anything...

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                          Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

                          Yes. the last beta program I was in, it was a violation of the NDA to disclose that you were in the beta program.

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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by aaronwt View Post
                            Yes. the last beta program I was in, it was a violation of the NDA to disclose that you were in the beta program.
                            Interesting, although I fail to see how revealing their participation has ANYTHING to do with product or testing information and therefore a threat to disclosure. My guess is in a court of law, they would be hard pressed to win a NDA on those grounds, as your revelation does absolutely nothing to hurt them in ANY way financially.

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                              Re: Engadget article - LAN streaming

                              Originally posted by rstone View Post
                              Interesting, although I fail to see how revealing their participation has ANYTHING to do with product or testing information and therefore a threat to disclosure. My guess is in a court of law, they would be hard pressed to win a NDA on those grounds, as your revelation does absolutely nothing to hurt them in ANY way financially.
                              My guess is that someone who identifies themselves as a beta tester can become an instant target for others to try to get proprietary information out of. Some of those attempts could be quite tempting and could lead to leaks that would not otherwise occur.

                              Of course those leaks would be a violation of the NDA but it makes better business sense to reduce the actual possibility of them occurring by making the beta disclosure itself a violoation of the NDA. That way, if someone violates the NDA by announcing they are a beta member, they could be kicked out of the beta problem so that they don't have any further proprietary information. That's what I would do if I was running such a thing.

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