Friday, March 28, 2008

Don't Know How You Do the Vudu that Hulu (plus Apple TV)!

So many downloadable HD content options, so little money...

  • Primary backers: FOX, NBC, MGM, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., Lionsgate
  • Cost: Free, ad driven
  • HD Content: 250 TV episodes, 100 movies

  • Requires separate set top box (currently $295)
  • Cost: Rentals range from 99¢ to $3.99, HD rentals from $2.99 to $5.99, and purchased movies from $4.99 to $19.99. TV episodes are $1.99.
  • HD Content: 1,000 movies for purchase
  • Other: Set top box has a 250 GB hard drive for storing purchases, dormant USB port implies future expandability.

Apple TV
  • Requires set top box (40GB $299, 160GB $329)
  • Primary backers: FOX, Miramax, Paramount, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Disney, Touchstone
  • Cost: Movie Rentals on Apple TV are $2.99 for library titles, $3.99 for new releases, and $3.99/$4.99 for HD titles.
  • [EDIT] HD Content: 1,000 movies
  • Other: Ability to view other personal (home movies streamed from a networked computer) and internet (i.e., YouTube) content as well, dormant USB port implies future expandability. Rumors of TiVo-like DVR functionality coming.
Since it is free, Hulu is a no-brainer if you already have a PC or Mac connected to your TV. Since I do not, it seems to me that because of being able to stream content from my Mac and the internet, Apple TV might be the way to go here. When they add DVR content, I might just have to give up my TiVo.

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