Boxee Box owners (all two of you) rejoice! As promised, Boxee is bringing Vudu’s extensive library of streaming high-definition movies to its set-top box in an update today.
Additionally, the company says Netflix support for the Boxee Box is still on track for the end of this month.
Vudu offers 1080p high-definition films with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Pricing starts at $2 for 2 nights of a standard definition film, while an HD version will cost a few bucks more. It has a library of over 4,400 HD films, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a recent title on Vudu that isn’t available on Netflix’s streaming service. New customers who sign up through the Boxee Box will receive a $5.99 Vudu credit.
As we reported in October, Vudu’s service is also available on the downloadable version of Boxee’s software, which you can deploy for free on any PC or Mac. Vudu is definitely taking a cue from Netflix, as its service is popping up in many devices — it’s available on HDTVs from Samsung, Toshiba, LG and more, and it hit Sony’s Playstation 3 in November.
The addition of new content providers like Vudu and Netflix will certainly go a long way towards making the Boxee Box, which is manufactured by D-Link, a more compelling product. The set-top box was finally released in November of last year for $199, even though Boxee first announced it in December of 2009. Hardware issues, including a switch from Nvidia’s Tegra chip to Intel’s Atom, likely led to the delayed release.
By the time it was released, the Boxee Box faced competition from the new $99 Apple TV, not to mention the increasingly popular Roku set-top boxes, which retail between $60 and $100. And of course, there was Google TV, which wasn’t a runaway success by any means but managed to steal some attention away from Boxee.
The Boxee Box update also includes a slew of bug fixes, all of which you can find at the Boxee blog.