VUDU has launched a new platform that brings Web-hosted applications and services to consumer appliances, including its own Internet movie player.
The VUDU RIA (Rich Internet Application) platform will deliver TV shows as well as Web apps which enable users to share their photos and watch the tens of millions of YouTube videos on their HDTVs.
The company plans to open VUDU RIA up to third party developers in the first half of 2009.
Prasanna Ganesan, VUDU’s Chief Technical Officer, said the goal in creating the new platform was to allow anyone with Web development skills to easily author Internet-driven applications for the TV.
"We are very pleased with the results and look forward to opening up VUDU RIA to the developer community," he said.
VUDU says it plans to add more applications and services throughout 2009.
Edward Lichty, executive Vice President of Strategy and Content, said VUDU RIA enabled customers to quickly open up huge libraries of web based content to TVs in living rooms around America.
The company has created an initial set of applications and services in a new area of the VUDU home page, called VUDU Labs. It is available to all VUDU owners in the US amd has applications that include casual games, implementations of Flickr, Picasa and the entire YouTube library, as well as a new "On Demand TV" area with more than 120 channels.
These include free on-demand shows provided by major network television and on-line specialty sites spanning news, food, music and sports.