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Ablang
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      05-25-2008
Netflix Unveils Set-top Movie Streaming Device
Jim Dalrymple, Macworld.com
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:50 AM PDT

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,14...l?tk=nl_dnxnws

Online movie rental company Netflix has partnered with streaming
specialist Roku to release a set-top box that will enable users to
stream movies to their television sets.

Dubbed "The Netflix Player by Roku" Netflix subscribers will have
access to over 10,000 movies and TV episodes. The US$99.99 device is
available beginning Tuesday, the company said.

"The key breakthroughs of The Netflix Player by Roku are simplicity
and cost," said Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO of Netflix.

Hastings explained that users can use the Netflix Web site to choose
movies to their instant queue. When viewed on the TV only those
choices are shown, cutting down on the amount of navigation that's
necessary through the set-top device.

Netflix said their are no extra charges and no viewing restrictions.
"For a one-time purchase of $99, Netflix members can watch as much as
they want and as often as they want without paying more or impacting
the number of DVDs they receive," said Hastings.

It seems clear that Netflix is targeting the Apple TV and it's iTunes
Rental Store. Only time will tell how the Netflix, iTunes battle will
end up.
 
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Derek Janssen
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      05-25-2008
Ablang wrote:

> Netflix Unveils Set-top Movie Streaming Device
> Jim Dalrymple, Macworld.com
> Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:50 AM PDT
>
> http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,14...l?tk=nl_dnxnws
>
> It seems clear that Netflix is targeting the Apple TV and it's iTunes
> Rental Store. Only time will tell how the Netflix, iTunes battle will
> end up.


Think Netflix's venture into soft-downloads will end up the same way
every OTHER download venture has ended up so far:
They'll find they can't compete with Netflix.

Derek Janssen (let's hope at least *one* company chokes on the irony,
and who better than the source?)
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