The Rack Mountable XL2 from Vudu

Vudu has announced the XL2 which is a rack mountable media player.  It can be integrated into your high-end custom home theater.  I’m sure you all have that.  The price is $1,299 but that doesn’t include the price for the installation guy to wire into your existing Crestron setup.  You can also use the XL2 to stream HD movies through-out the house with video switchers.  I wish Vudu would head to the other end of the price spectrum.  Give me a $99 box like Roku.  With Cable and Satellite offering HD rentals the Vudu business model will fail.

Press Release below:

Santa Clara, CA, Nov. 18, 2008, VUDU Inc., VUDU debuted today the VUDU XL2, a new Internet movie player designed specifically for professional home theater installations that demand the highest quality picture and a product that occupies just one rack unit (1U) of space.

In addition to providing access to hundreds of titles in VUDU’s proprietary HDX format and with the largest HD library available on-demand, the XL2 will allow the most discerning home theater owners to choose from more than 10,000 titles for instant viewing.

The exterior of the new rack-mountable VUDU XL2 sports an aerospace-grade aluminum bezel that features a glowing VUDU logo. Inside, the XL2 is built from the highest quality components, delivering the best picture available.

“The introduction of the XL2 reflects our unwavering commitment to the custom installation market,” said Tony Miranz, Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development, VUDU, Inc. “VUDU XL2 is designed for easy and secure integration into rack-mounted systems and delivers the world’s largest HD library as well as the highest quality on-demand 1080p HD, making VUDU XL2 an installer’s weapon of choice.”

Designed from the ground up to seamlessly integrate into custom theaters, the XL2 offers a terabyte of storage, enough to store more than 500 films at your fingertips. XL2 also offers IP and IR control that allow it to be integrated into most high-end home control systems, 1080i HD output over component, and the ability to route and switch HD signals through the home with the use of off-the-shelf video switchers.

The Best Solution for HD ContentVUDU is the only service to offer both instant start HD and HDX, the highest quality on-demand format available anywhere on cable, satellite, broadcast, or the Internet. Designed to deliver an optimized cinematic experience to owners of 40-inch and larger HDTVs and projectors, HDX with VUDU’s TruFilm™ technology features a virtually artifact free 1080p picture and immersive, high definition sound.

The XL2 is available for order today exclusively through more than 1,000 VUDU-certified custom installers. It carries an MSRP of $1299. To read more about VUDU’s custom installation options or to find a dealer please visit

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