Vudu to Match DVD HD Releases

Service will offer HD downloads same day DVDs hit stores
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 10:37 PM CST
Matt Damon in The Bourne Ultimatum. The movie is the first to be available from a new online on-demand service the same day as it is released on DVD.    (Universal)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) The Bourne Ultimatum, the Matt Damon action movie, will be available online Tuesday - the same day as the DVD reaches video stores. AP reports it's the first of many high-definition movies to be released by Vudu, the on-demand video service. Vudu, which sells its set-top box for $399, will offer HD movies like the Bourne series for $24.99.

Universal Pictures, the studio behind Bourne, is the first to offer a downloadable HD version of a movie the same day as the DVD is released. Paramount and Lionsgate have also signed deals with Vudu to do the same. The company, which both rents and sells via its service, currently has a catalog of more than 5000 regular and hi-def titles, and rents some movies for as little as 99 cents.