Rdio expands into streaming video with Vdio

Vdio

After the news that Spotify is thinking about offering streaming video, one of their main challengers, Rdio, announced to do the same and they are calling their service Vdio.

Although Vdio is similar in name to Rdio, the business model will differ. Instead of paying a monthly subscription fee that allows you to listen to access all content without limitations, with video the traditional pay per video model is applied. So instead of bringing a new and disruptive model to the market of online video streaming, this is more of the same. Prices and library seem to be in line with competitors like iTunes, Vudu or Flixster.

Vdio claims to differ from other services in the way you can discover content. And they for current Unlimited Rdio users there is a nice USD 25 credit in you sign-up in the next two months.

Roku 3 is here

Roku 3

Roku is introducing their brand new version called Roku 3 today. The new streaming media player is, according to the manufacturer, 5 times faster than its predecessor and comes with a brand new interface and a remote with built-in head phone jack.

On the content side, Roku brings a lot of entertainment to the living room. Over 150,000 movies and shows can be streamed in a quality up to 1080p HD. It offers access to Hulu Plus, Crackle, Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, HBO GO, Blockbuster on demand and EPIX.

The Roku 3 is available for USD 99 through the website of Roku. Amazon and some other online retailers. With that price, it will prove a serious competitor to Apple TV.

See for a demo the video below