All Things Digital reported yesterday that video streaming provider and prospective telco partner Vudu is in talks to be acquired, with retailing giant Wal-Mart mentioned as the possible buyer. Vudu for a time was pushing itself hard as a possible partner for small, independent telcos for whom IPTV was too big and risky an investment, but who wanted to leverage existing broadband connections to provide customers with more video choices. Vudu also has partnered with companies like Entone to put its technology into set-top boxes and other products.
If Wal-Mart buys the company, it seems likely that Vudu's technology would become more embedded in TVs and other devices, and it's not immediately clear what that would mean for the company's other service provider and vendor partners.
- All Things Digital has this report
Entone and Vudu partnered last year
Toledo Telephone Co. in Washington partnered with Vudu