Add Panasonic to Vudu's growing list of hardware partners.
As of Wednesday, Vudu's streaming video service will be available on all of Panasonic's 2010 Blu-ray player models. It will join a panoply of other online entertainment options already available through the VieraCast menu on those players, including Netflix, Amazon Video-on-Demand, YouTube, and Pandora.
Also of note: Panasonic becomes only the third vendor (besides Samsung and Vizio) to offer both Vudu and Amazon, both of which offer similar subscription-free, a la carte online video streaming services. (Vudu emphasizes the video and audio quality of its 4,000-plus HD movie titles, while Amazon offers movies and a strong slate of TV shows as well.)
Vudu will be going live on the Panasonic devices the same day as it becomes available on the Sony PlayStation 3. As with the PS3, new Vudu subscribers on the compatible Panasonic devices will be offered a $5.99 credit on Vudu, giving them a free HD movie on the service.
For now, VieraCast TVs and Blu-ray home theater systems will not be getting the Vudu update. We wouldn't be surprised to see it added in the future on those 2010 devices as well, but there are no guarantees.
The full list of Panasonic Blu-ray players getting the Vudu upgrade is as follows:
- Panasonic DMP-BDT350
- Panasonic DMP-BDT300
- Panasonic DMP-BDT100
- Panasonic DMP-BD85
- Panasonic DMP-BD65
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Update (9:45a.m. PT): This post has been updated to reflect the fact that some Vizio products also offer both Amazon and Vudu. (Thanks to CNET commenter mjweston for this assist.)