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Vudu takes DVD collections to the cloud

US online video service Vudu has opened its public beta of an innovative cloud-based service that lets users stream their DVD and Blu-ray collection to any Vudu-enabled device.

Unveiled at the CES show last January, Vudu’s In-Home Disc-to-Digital service lets users convert their discs to a digital form which then gets stored in the cloud and is made available to any Vudu-enabled device.

The service leverages audio recognition technology from GraceNote and cloud delivery solutions from the UltraViolet initiative, and also lets users upgrade their DVD titles to Vudu’s higher-quality HDX format.

Prices are US$ 2 per DVD to convert to standard-definition, US$ 2 per Blu-ray disc to convert to high-definition, and US$ 5 per DVD to convert and upgrade to HDX.

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