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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

September 6, 2007 at 3:37 PM

Vudu movie boxes debut at $399

It’s getting harder to choose the next box to stack on your television.

Sony’s PS3 is a reasonable option at $499 if you want a Blu-ray player, the newer Xboxes with HDMI are intriguing at $349. and of course there’s the new TiVo HD at $299. The Xbox and TiVo can download videos from online stores, and apparently the PS3 will soon.

Now Vudu is offering its movie download box in the same price range — $399, according to the company’s debut announcement today. There are no fees, but movies cost 99 cents to $3.99 to rent and $4.99 to $19.99 to purchase.

The price seems a little high for the box, but Vudu believes customers will be attracted by its big library of titles and fast downloads boosted by peer-to-peer networking.

Vudu has been showing the device for months — I wrote about it earlier — but the company just disclosed final details today.

It’s selling the box direct from Vudu.com — for delivery about Oct. 1 — and next month will start selling through Amazon.com and electronics retailers.

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