Netflix to sell set-top box for streamed movies
The postman doesn't need to ring twice...
DVD renter Netflix has started selling set-top boxes that allow its subscribers to watch streamed movies.
The box is made by Roku and links up to your wireless, or wired, network and TV. The $99.99 box will then stream content straight to your telly.
Netflix is best known for renting DVDs but claims it has 10,000 titles available for download already, with more added every week. It has been offering streamed movies to PCs, but the new box will deliver them to subscribers' TV screens.
The company already offers a streaming service, plus three at a time DVDs, for Windows XP or Vista PCs from $19.99 a month.
The company announced back in January that it was working with LG Electronics on making set-top boxes. It said at the time it wanted to offer a range of machines, not just one branded box. ®
almost dvd quality
Looks like an another nail in the coffin of vhs / 8mm rentals
Well I guess there might be some kind of software to use with the set-top boxes, where you have to download the movie over your crappy 8ish mbps lines and THEN stream by good old wifi to the box. I downloaded 1 gig in 45 mins the other day, and thats flat out @ 600Kbps (notice the capital K)
so the only option is for them to either allow people to stream low quality standard def video (like bbci player quality) or allow the download of the entire film before playing it on your telly via the box..
Its not that bad really.
3gb can be done in under 3 hours, but for a quick fix and an unplanned friend gathering, i would still opt for blockbuster..
paris because she knows a lot about "a quick fix"
I dont have a coat, its too hot
from the Roku Site FAQ: "the Netflix Player can be used in any of the 50 United States. Some of our customers even take it with them on vacation."
I guess with the $ in the tank relative to the Euro and Pound, they must figure that no one in the US goes on vaction outside of "the 50 United States".
But for a US Expat (in Germany), who was drooling at the ability to watch something other than overdubbed A-Team episodes, it's a bit disappointing.