Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/20/netflix_downloads_roku/

Netflix to sell set-top box for streamed movies

The postman doesn't need to ring twice...

By John Oates

Posted in Media, 20th May 2008 14:51 GMT

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. ®