Netflix Unveils Set-top Movie Streaming Device

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  1. Ablang

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    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,146102/article.html?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.
    Ablang, May 25, 2008
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  2. 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,146102/article.html?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?)
    Derek Janssen, May 25, 2008
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