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VUDU to Start Streaming 3D Movies Next Week

Tablets are nice and all, but they’re not the only trend expected to appear at CES. With 3DTV currently trying to force it’s way into our living rooms, there’s a ton of companies dying to make it happen. Armed with the right TVs, DVD players and glasses, it seems they’ve thought of everything. Except, of course, for the movies themselves.

The number of 3D movies getting DVD releases isn’t exactly huge; anyone who has invested in all the necessary equipment for an in-home 3D experience is kind of stuck (unless they’re really, really into Avatar). There just aren’t that many 3D movies available yet and it's going to be a while before things really get moving in that area. Still that doesn't mean those who have already invested in 3D hardware will go without.

Filling the gap in the market for 3D content is VUDU. The company has announced that next week, it will become the first to stream 3D movies. With support from FUNAI (Magnavox, Sylvania), LG, Mitsubishi, Philips, Samsung, Toshiba, and VIZIO, VUDU’s new service will be compatible with a myriad of 3D devices, including the PlayStation 3 and Boxee.

"We are proud to be a leader in the delivery of 3D movies," said Edward Lichty, General Manager of VUDU. "Our launch of 3D today is another example of our commitment to deliver the best home entertainment experience available anywhere. There is no better, easier way to get 3D movies at home than through the VUDU Service."

3D titles will be available at 480p, 720p and 1080p and VUDU says the minimum bandwidth requirements for 3D viewing are the same as for 2D. No word on pricing just yet but I guess we’ll find that out next week.