PlayStation 3 owners are about to get yet another option when it comes to online entertainment.
As of November 23, the Vudu pay-per-view movie service will arrive on Sony's gaming console with an updated user interface. (Vudu says the new interface is more friendly for navigating with input devices like mice and the PlayStation Move.) The same "Vudu 2.0" UI will be rolled out on other Vudu-supported devices--including many Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players, the D-Link Boxee Box, Windows PCs and Macs--before the end the year. Vudu offers more than 4,000 HD movies for rental and purchase, and the PS3 will offer Vudu's optimal 1080p HD resolution and 5.1 surround sound on supported titles.
For PS3 owners, the announcement constitutes more great news on the home entertainment front. Vudu will join the Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV, and NHL Gamecenter services on the console, in addition to the native PlayStation Store (which also supports the purchase of movies and TV shows). For Wal-Mart's Vudu service, meanwhile, the new PS3 partnership provides millions of potential new customers in the U.S.
To sweeten the deal, Vudu will be offering new customers a $5.99 credit--effectively giving users a free movie to try out the service.
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