Xbox isn’t the only device buddying up with the US’s largest DVD rental / online movie streaming service; in autumn, the LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player will hit US shelves bringing Netflix streaming to Blu-ray players for the first time.
Netflix account users will still need to add movies and TV shows to their list from a web browser as with other Netflix streaming boxes, but once they’re queued up, you’ll be able to access your selection instantly from the player. Playback should begin within thirty seconds. With the LG BD300, the Roku box and the Xbox 360, Netflix is setting some pretty high benchmarks for other rental services to live up to.
The player itself offers all the usual niceties of Blu-ray playing, including DVD upscaling to 1080p, and will cost something “well under $500”. So then, Microsoft has Netflix streaming, Blu-ray players have video streaming… over to you PlayStation 3.