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Vudu, a VOD product owned by America's Wal-Mart, is about to offer their video inventory on both the PlayStation3 (PS3) and the Panasonic Bluray Player. Rapid TV News reports:
"PS3 is tailor-made for the high-quality, high-speed Vudu streaming experience", commented Edward Lichty, general manager, Vudu. "Now with Vudu on PS3, we are able to deliver a completely immersive experience to those loyal to their entertainment system when they want, where they want".
And the Hollywood Reporter covered Vudu's deal with Panasonic:
Panasonic's newest line of Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray Disc players is adding streaming access to VUDU as their newest capability. The service will be available beginning Nov. 24.
Viera Cast is Panasonic's IPTV function, supporting its activity in the Connected TV market. Earlier this year, Panasonic added Netflix, Skype voice and video calling, Twitter and Pandora. Features also include Amazon Video-on-Demand, YouTube, Google's Picasa Web Album, Fox Sports, Bloomberg News and a weather service.
"Connected TV will continue to become an increasingly important feature for consumers, and Panasonic is working tirelessly to build upon the already robust entertainment and connectivity experiences our Viera Cast customers can enjoy," said Merwan Mereby, vp of Panasonic Corp. of North America.
Note that Vudu has an SDK for third party developers to create products on their platform which uses the lua scripting language for its speed of execution and small footprint - as well as provides crypto support, native playback, XML parsing, JSON support, and storage for user settings & data - all utilizing VUDU's cloud storage infrastructure.
Panasonic is a closed platform.