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LG and Netflix partnership delivers its first baby – BD300

August 22nd, 2008 by Maxim · 3 Comments · 4,390 Views


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The partnership that Netflix and LG announced around New Year had resulted in a long-awaited product, just in time for back-to-school and Thanksgiving holiday. LG’s next Blu-Ray disk player BD300 will also be able to stream Netflix to TV-sets.

Users will be able to select a title from their Netflix queue and playback will begin in as little as 30 seconds directly from the player, just like with recent Netflix Roku streaming player. Users will also be able to view synopsis and rate movies. More then 12,000 titles are available for streaming to Netflix customers. The player also up-converts standard DVDs to 1080p, supports Dolby HD, plays back media and images stored on a home network and supports BD Profile 2.0. So it really is a networking media player combined with Profile 2.0 Blu-Ray disk player. Its front panel also has a USB port. A SimpLink control allows user to connect other LG accessories together and control them with single remote.

The BD-300 player falls into category of “Blu-Ray player under $500″ and has MSRP of about $399.99.

Microsoft also announced similar partnership with Netflix to make movies available through their XBox Live network to all Netflix subscribers, who must also pay $60/year for access to XBox Live.

All these competitors should bring low-cost movie downloads and streaming to the consumer in the course of next couple of years. Will high definition disks become obsolete and replaced with streaming video? Probably not. If it’s quality and high definition you are looking for, nothing can compare to the HD media like Blu-Ray or HD-DVD. Netflix has no HD titles available yet. Likely reason – there is not enough bandwidth and network infrastructure to stream HD movies on mass scale yet. So in a short term media players combined with Blu-Ray players conforming to Profile 2.0 are an extremely good value for consumers and they already are reasonably priced.

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  • 1 admin // Aug 24, 2008 at 5:27 am

    There’s a good chance Netflix will become available on DLink DSM-520 media player some time this fall: D-Link has partnership with ActiveTV and ships it with its players. At this point ActiveTV is officially commited to supporting Netflix.

  • 2 admin // Aug 23, 2008 at 9:27 pm

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    There’s a good chance Netflix will become available on DLink DSM-520 media player some time this fall: D-Link has partnership with ActiveTV and ships it with its players. At this point ActiveTV is officially commited to supporting Netflix.

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