My 2 Cents: Seems like streaming videos on demand is here to stay but with the introduction of Blue-Ray some would wonder how long it is here to stay. I personally have been using Netflix on my XBOX and not to say that it does now work but that if you internet connection is not up to par the quality is not the best but it does work pretty well.
The idea of embedding the technology into TVâ€™s seems to be the next logical step and it would allow Netflix to bypass all of the middlemen, i.e. devices like the XBOX. If you are in the states, videos on demand might not be a big thing but at 8.99 a month, it would be hard to find a cheaper optionâ€¦
Its only a matter of time before most PCâ€™s in peopleâ€™s homes will be their primary TVâ€™s and there will be a less of a need for a traditional PC..
More options on the way for watching Netflix (NFLX) streaming movies in your living room: Beginning this spring, Korean electronics giant LG will build Netflix streaming directly into some of its plasma and LCD HDTVs, the companies will announce today.
This means that Netflix subscribers will be able to stream more than 12,000 movies and TV shows on their TVs without a separate set-top box or a PC.
The move puts Netflix — for convenience, at least — ahead of its Internet streaming rivals like Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL), which require set-top boxes or computers for their movie streaming/rental services. (It’s especially helpful if you don’t have any more hi-def inputs available on your TV.)
It’s possible Amazon or Apple could announce similar partnerships. (Indeed, as a commenter reminds us, Amazon already has one with Sony.) Or perhaps Apple will make its own TVs at some point. But so far, Netflix leads here, especially if it can get other companies like Samsung and Panasonic to build similar TVs. More deals like this could also eventually put some pressure on cable companies like Comcast (CMCSA) to increase their on-demand libraries — especially the stuff that’s available for free.
What we don’t know yet: How much LG will charge for the TVs. If they’re standard fare, we could see this boosting Netflix’s subscriber count. If they’re overpriced, it probably won’t help.
Likewise, while Netflix’s streaming service is solid and keeps getting better, it would be most useful if the TVs were capable of streaming other Internet video, such as video from Hulu, Google’s (GOOG) YouTube, etc.
Today, Netflix and its partners offer several set-top box options for streaming Netflix movies, including LG and Samsung Blu-ray disc players, TiVo (TIVO) DVRs, Roku set-top boxes, and Microsoft (MSFT) Xbox 360 game consoles.