Updated. Boxee is officially opening the doors to its Vudu app on the Boxee Box today, allowing its users to rent or purchase Hollywood blockbusters in HD through the Walmart-owned (s WMT) online video service. Boxee had officially announced the collaboration with Vudu in October, but was forced to delay the launch of the application on the Boxee Box multiple times.
Part of the update will also include access to Vudu’s 3D library. Vudu announced streaming of 3D movies at CES, and Boxee’s Andrew Kippen was quick to point out that the Boxee Box currently is the only Internet set-top box that allows the rental of 3D movies. To be fair, Vudu also streams 3D movies to Sony’s (s SNE) PS3 as well as a bunch of Blu-ray players, and we’ve been generally skeptical about the future of 3D in the home, but the feature may give Boxee a slight advantage over Roku and the Apple (s AAPL) TV with some users.
Update: Boxee just got in touch with us to correct themselves, saying that 3D isn’t actually part of this roll-out. The company says it hopes to have access to 3D movies through Vudu “in the next few weeks.”
Owners of the Boxee Box have been quite vocal about the fact that the device didn’t ship with access to Vudu and Netflix (s NFLX). Today’s launch of the Vudu app could help to pacify some of these users, but the big elephant in the room seems to be the Netflix app, which is still missing. The startup had originally said Netflix would be available by the end of 2010, but more recently said it hopes to deliver the app by the end of January.
Boxee recently teamed up with Iomega and Viewsonic to produce a network attached storage drive as well as a TV set with its media center software included. Still, the long delay of the Vudu and Netflix apps seems to prove that in the age of connected devices, making CE products isn’t just about hardware alliances anymore.
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