Vudu told C|Net video whiz John Falcone that a lot of that network content is already locked-up and locked-out of the new box.
Oh, and the Rich Internet Application (RIA) software won't be available to developers until some time next year. So this is vapor open source?
To me this story illustrates a key difference between TV and computing that has nothing to do with technology, namely the power of gatekeepers.
Open source has swept away most gatekeepers in the software sphere, so that even Microsoft must dance to its tune.
Enter the worlds of content and mobility, however, and gatekeepers still hold sway. Watching open source batter against these fortresses will be one of the great stories of 2009.