Samsung Blu-ray Disc Players to Stream Netflix

Samsung Blu-ray Disc Players to Stream Netflix


Netflix and Samsung Partner to Instantly Stream Movies on Next Generation Blu-ray Disc Players

Samsung BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray Players Transformed into Gateways that Give Consumers Access to More Than 12,000 Choices of Movies and TV Episodes from Netflix

Partnership will Include Streaming to a Range of Home Entertainment Products


LOS GATOS, Calif. and RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, and Samsung Electronics America, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced a broad partnership to offer consumers the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from the Netflix Web site directly to their living rooms via Samsung's BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray disc players. The companies also said they are collaborating to enable Samsung to integrate instant streaming from Netflix into a range of home entertainment products.

The BD-P2550 and BD-P2500 are currently available at $399.99. Consumers who already own one of these Samsung players can upgrade their device at no additional cost to enable instant streaming from a growing library of more than 12,000 movies and television episodes from Netflix. The upgrade is available at http://www.samsung.com/bluraysupport.

 
 Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-ray disc player
(Credit: Samsung)



Instantly streaming movies and TV episodes from Netflix on the BD-P2550 and BD-P2500 is done through a wired broadband connection and a Netflix Queue-based user interface. Netflix members visit the Netflix Web site to add movies and TV episodes to their individual instant Queues. Those choices will automatically be displayed on members' TVs and available to watch instantly through the Samsung players. Once selected, movies will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds. With the players' accompanying remote control, Netflix members will be able to browse and make selections right on the TV screen and also have the ability to read synopses and rate movies. In addition, they will have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding the video stream.

Samsung's Blu-ray players offer Full HD 1080p playback and feature the award-winning HQV™ processing chip for the highest quality viewing of Blu-ray discs and astounding upconversion of standard DVDs. The players also provide a truly immersive HD home theater experience with capabilities to decode high-resolution multi-channel digital audio soundtracks and 7.1-channel analog audio outputs.

"Samsung has been at the forefront of innovation in consumer electronics and has established a market leadership position in Blu-ray and digital television," said Netflix Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings. "We're excited about the upgraded Blu-ray disc players. Moreover, we look forward to working with Samsung in the years to come to deliver a variety of outstanding products on which consumers can watch movies delivered over the Internet from Netflix."

"In its new form, Samsung Blu-ray players become the ultimate content delivery box, combining on-demand access to movies and jaw-dropping Full HD viewing," said Reid Sullivan, Vice President of Marketing, Audio/Video & Imaging at Samsung Electronics America. "Samsung presents a new value proposition for Blu-ray players by positioning it as a portal to a world of engaging digital content, be it Blu-ray discs, movies from Netflix or other online content."
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All of this is marvelous technology, but when will the price of Blu-Ray come down to a reasonable level? Economically-speaking, us consumers are hurtin' out here.

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 nice feature but this can already be done with many other methodes. I would be impressed if you were streaming HD movies. Although I am not sure a bunch of people on a broadband connection in a single neighborhood streaming HD movies is anywhere in the near future for the capabilities of the isp's.

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I don't know, Nelson. I think they're pretty close now. I can get up to a 50Mbps pipe from Comcast right now if I want. Now, I assume they don't expect every user to want/need to be running at 50Mb speeds, so there's not threat of maxing out their networks but then again, nor would all subscribers need to stream HD videos at the same time either. I think it's already being done...

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Dave_HH:

I don't know, Nelson. I think they're pretty close now. I can get up to a 50Mbps pipe from Comcast right now if I want. Now, I assume they don't expect every user to want/need to be running at 50Mb speeds, so there's not threat of maxing out their networks but then again, nor would all subscribers need to stream HD videos at the same time either. I think it's already being done...

Before I moved to Verizon I had a 16Mbps pipe with Comcast. On weekends and evenings I would be lucky to get 5. Fios though is no problem. I always get my 20mbps all day every day. I also live in a rather packed part of richmond so I'm sure Comcast is more consistant in other areas.

 

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We're in a fairly rural part of town, so that does make sense with the shared ethernet-style architecture of Cable modems and hybrid fiber/co-ax networks. There's no question, if I had the ability to get fiber, I would!

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Dave_HH:

There's no question, if I had the ability to get fiber, I would!

Yeah Verizon is in the middle of rolling it out here. They have it mostly in apartment complexes and housing developments. It's still very spotty though. Comcast is everywere.

 Edit: sorry to take this so far off topicStick out tongue

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 oh no doupbt they're headed in the right direction. I do hope we reach that point in the near future but with isp's putting caps on now can you imagine if something like this really took off and hogged up the bandwidth. Although it would force the isp's to either raise the cap or get rid of it all together. I don't actually know the #'s reuired to effectively stream a HD video without artifacts or freezes but I am pretty sure it ain't small. Also the fact that these isp's charge an arm and a leg for the higher speeds is a total buzz killer. I can still imagine sitting in a home theater with my HTPC hooked up to a projector streaming just about any type of HD title I want at any given time. I don't think I would ever leave home againBig Smile

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>> "In its new form, Samsung Blu-ray players become the ultimate content delivery box..." <<

Except for the PS3, which can be bought at the same price, has Blu-Ray, has had movie rental/purchase abilities for some time... and can also play cutting-edge games.

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