Friday, October 24, 2008

Netflix Movie-Streaming with Samsung Blu-ray Players

A report from the informationweek.com says that movies can now be selected through the player's remote control, and users have the option of reading synopses and rating movies through their TVs.

Samsung Electronics released a software upgrade that makes it possible to play movies from Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX)'s on-demand service through two of Samsung's existing Blu-ray disk players. The upgrade is available as a download that's accessible through the broadband connection on the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 players. The feature marks the beginning of a partnership in which the two companies will work on integrating Netflix's movie-streaming service to other Samsung home entertainment products.

The Netflix feature is available at no additional charge. The BD-P2500 and BD-P2550, which cost $400 each, will display a queue of Netflix movies that users build online through the movie service's Web site. Movies are selected through the player's remote control, and users have the option of reading synopses and rating movies through their TVs. They also have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding movies.