November 18, 2008

Netflix Streaming HD Content Coming to Xbox 360 Tomorrow

Not too long ago, we told you that Netflix would be providing some "Instant Que" content in HD to the Roku Netflix Player. Well it looks like Xbox 360 owners have lucked out and get HD content first. According to the Netflix press release:

LOS GATOS, Calif., Nov 18, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Netflix, Inc. , the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced that Netflix members can have thousands of movies and TV episodes instantly streamed to the TV via the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system when the New Xbox Experience premieres nationwide tomorrow. Adding to a growing number of Netflix-ready devices, the Xbox 360 is the only game and entertainment console that lets users instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix to the TV. There is no additional monthly fee for Netflix members who are also Xbox LIVE Gold members.

Netflix members simply add movies and TV episodes from a growing library of more than 12,000 choices to their instant Queues at the Netflix Web site. Those choices are automatically displayed on the TV screen via the Xbox 360 and, once selected, will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds.

"This is an important and exciting moment for Netflix and Xbox," said Netflix Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Kilgore. "We believe the New Xbox Experience -- with thousands of choices available to be streamed instantly from Netflix as one of its key enhancements -- offers consumers a great at-home entertainment option and provides terrific value as a holiday gift idea."

Netflix also said it is taking the first step in instantly streaming movies and TV episodes in high definition with the introduction of approximately 300 HD choices that will play with standard definition audio via the Xbox 360. The company said it intends to increase the number of HD choices available and will eventually add multi-channel audio. Classic, adventure, musical, foreign and comedy movies now available to watch instantly in high definition include "La Vie en Rose," "Flawless" and "Heroes."
All Netflix members can rent from over 100,000 titles on DVD. They can instantly watch movies and TV episodes from a growing library of choices on their PCs and Intel-based Macintosh computers, as well as on their TVs via one of the Internet connected Netflix ready devices sold by Netflix partners.

About Netflix, Inc.
Netflix, Inc. is the world's largest online movie rental service, with more than eight million subscribers. For one low monthly price, Netflix members can get DVDs delivered to their homes and can instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs, PCs and Macs, all in unlimited amounts. Members can choose from over 100,000 DVD titles and a growing library of more than 12,000 choices that can be watched instantly. There are never any due dates or late fees. DVDs are delivered free to members by first class mail, with a postage-paid return envelope, from 55 distribution centers. More than 95 percent of Netflix members live in areas that generally receive shipments in one business day. Netflix is also partnering with leading consumer electronics companies to offer a range of devices that can instantly stream movies and TV episodes to members' TVs from Netflix. For more information, visit

Netflix HD content goes live for Xbox 360 owners tomorrow, so be on the lookout.


Xbox 360 at Amazon

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November 10, 2008

Blockbuster Announces Set-top Box for Movie Downloads

blockbuster.jpgYou've probably notice that we here at NAV are big fans of the Roku Netflix Player. Now it appears that Blockbuster is jumping into the set-top box fray. According to

Blockbuster is planning to bow for the holidays a set-top box that would deliver movies on demand from its Movielink download service. The Dallas-based DVD rental chain next year also will bow a Blockbuster-branded widget on Intel-manufactured chips imbedded in IPTV monitors.

Chairman and CEO Jim Keyes, who made the announcement Nov. 6 during a call with investors, offered no additional information on the set-top box, including manufacturer, price and availability.

Analyst Edward Woo with Wedbush Morgan Securities in Los Angeles said the set-top box device sounded ambitious, but wondered how consumers under pressure from the current economic downturn would receive it.

As exciting as it will be to see what Blockbuster offers, we're confident it won't come close to competing with Netflix. We found an article entitled Blockbuster's Set-Top Box Will Flop at that we believe lines up with our views pretty well on the subject. Be sure to check the article out.


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October 30, 2008

Netflix Steaming Coming to TiVo - Now in Beta

Netflix is taking over the world! It seems almost every week we here some great news about Netflix and we're really excited about news that Netflix and TiVo are linking up. According to

Netflix streaming will be coming to TiVo DVRs by the end of 2008.

The ability to stream Netflix movies and TV shows will begin beta testing for select TiVo owners immediately, with an official roll-out scheduled for early December. It will be available on TiVo HD, HD XL, and Series3 DVRs (not Series2 or DirecTV models).

The service will effectively be identical to the Netflix feature available on the LG BD300, Samsung BD-P2500, and BD-P2550, Roku Player, and--as of mid-November--the Xbox 360. That means that existing Netflix subscribers can stream more than 12,000 movies and TV shows directly to their TV over a broadband Internet connection on an "all you can eat" basis, with no additional charges beyond the existing Netflix and TiVo service fees.

The other interesting part of the article is about HD streaming:

Separately, CNET has confirmed that Netflix's nascent HD streaming capability will soon be coming to all Netflix-compatible devices, not just the Xbox 360. However, the Netflix HD library will be starting with a very small selection (just 300 titles), and will require significantly higher bandwidth than the standard-def streaming that's currently available.

Does it feel like Christmas to you too?


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October 27, 2008

Netflix Streaming to Mac Almost a Reality

Earlier this month we let you know that streaming Netflix to a Mac was becoming a closer to a reality, and you might see the ability to stream Netfilx to Mac as early as today. According to Macworld:

Nettflix on Monday will begin rolling out its second generation media player that includes support for Intel-based Macs. The company is also adding support for the Firefox Web browser with this release.

Using Microsoft's Silverlight technology, Netflix's new media player will allow Mac users to watch movies and TV shows using the company's "instant watching" feature. The Netflix player will use Microsoft's Play Ready DRM to protect its content, a feature that wasn't available for Mac users before the release of Silverlight 2.0.

What great news! We'll keep you posted on when the rollout is actually live for us.


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October 13, 2008

We're Still Waiting for LG's BD300 Netflix / Blu-ray Player

A few months ago we mentioned the the LG BD300 Blu-ray player, a device with the ability to play streaming content from Netflix. Well, the BD-300 seems to be delayed in some areas. According to EngadgetHD:

Circuit City is sending out notifications to consumers that pre-ordered the unit to inform them of the holdup. According to the note, the manufacturer (that'd be LG) has yet to release the product to the store for shipment, meaning that there's no telling when it'll finally be received. What's the deal, LG? Is this just a momentary snag, or something we should really be concerned about?

Engadget points out that the delay doesn't seem to affect every market but we haven't seen any of the devices in our area. If you've spotted the BD300 in your area, leave us a comment.

At EngadgetHD

LG BD300 at Amazon

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September 15, 2008

Coming Soon - Update your Netflix Queue from any Yahoo Webpage


We here at NAV prefer Google as our homepage but we might consider using Yahoo's homepage based on an announcement from Yahoo. According to

Yahoo Inc. plans to let other businesses like Netflix Inc. and Apple Inc. run applications on its Web pages.

The Sunnyvale, Calif. Web portal (NASDAQ:YHOO) will permit widgets from Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), for example, that allow Yahoo users to see and tinker with their queue of movies from that company without leaving the Yahoo page they're on.

Very cool. If they're isn't one yet, we're pretty sure someone will figure out how to create a Google widget to view our Netflix queue.


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July 31, 2008

LG Introduces the BD300 - The First Blu-ray Player With Built-in Netflix Streaming


Anytime we can combine the zillion boxes that coming off of our TVs here at the the NAV headquarters, we get pretty excited. One of the coolest dual products to come along lately is the BD-300 from LG. The BD-300 is a Blu-ray player with the ability to play streaming content from Netflix. Excellent! According to Gizmodo:

After adding flicks to your instant queue, you can access them directly from the player, just like with the Roku box. Basically, the BD-300 is a BD-Live Blu-ray player with an invisible bolted-on Roku box--and that's totally awesome, since it chops the number of boxes you need down by at least one (and shows why Netflix's strategy to win the set-top box war is brilliant). If you're a Netflix subscriber, this is three levels of win. We'll see this baby later tonight, but here's all the details we got in the meantime.

What great news. Now when your Netflix Blu-ray DVDs show up you can just pop them in the BD-300. When you're done with the DVDs, you can fire up the Netflix streaming over the same device. Anyone else notice that Netflix is taking over the world? We're not complaining though!

The LG BD-300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player will be available this fall at under a $500 price point. We'll let you know when more details come in.


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