Like TiVo, Xbox 360, and Sonos, the Vudu on-demand movie player was one of those home entertainment products with a frustrating lack of built-in wireless networking. If an Ethernet connection wasn't nearby, you were forced to invest in a pair of power line networking adapters or a hard-to-configure wireless bridge to interface with the product's Ethernet-only connection. But that's no longer the case: as of today, a wireless option is finally available. The Vudu Wireless Kit is a dedicated pair of transceivers that creates a plug-and-play 802.11g wireless connection between the Vudu and your home's broadband router. Existing Vudu owners can pick up the kit for $79, while new customers can buy the Vudu/Wireless Kit bundle for $349, for a net saving of about $25.
The Wireless Kit is the latest bid by Vudu to counter increasingly fierce competition from the updated Apple TV ($229) and the recent Netflix Player by Roku ($99)--both of which offer built-in Wi-Fi support.
It's going to be a great year for tech. We can't wait to get our hands on these products.
by Iyaz Akhtar
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