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Samsung’s new Blu-Ray players to stream Netflix

October 23rd, 2008 by Maxim · No Comments · 11,922 Views

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Samsung and Netflix today announced the deal that will allow Samsung to add streaming capabilities to their new Blu-Ray players and possibly expand the deal to include other electronics, possibly embed Netflix streaming in future Samsung TV models. The deal will help Netflix to expand delivery of movies and TV episodes over the Internet in a move to supplement their shipments of DVDs and Blu-Ray disks via regular mail.

The deal comes just a month after LG announced similar deal with Netflix, allowing LG to stream more then 10,000 titles from Netflix to LG’s Blu-Ray players (estimated price $350).

Netflix currently has nearly 8.7 million subscribers, vast majority of whom receive their DVDs by mail. However Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” feature that lets users play movies on their PCs is becoming more popular with addition of new titles, new alliances with Disney and Starz, as well as release of Netflix-branded box made by Roku ($100) that is capable of streaming Netflix titles to its subscribers. With increased popularity of “Watch Instantly” feature came other thirt-party solutions to stream Netflix. For example, Microsoft will allow Netflix streaming to XBox 360 users who subscribe to XBox Live service. Also, MediaMall has developed a software Media Server that streams Netflix movies via a transcoding server on user’s PC to UPnP media players such as PlayStation3, Popcorn Hour, XBox 360 and D-Link DSM-520 media players ($30 license).

New Samsung Blu-Ray player models that will come out with Netflix streaming support are estimated to cost about $400. Two existing Blu-Ray player models, BD-P2500 and BD-P2550, will get firmware upgrades to enable Netflix streaming support.

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