Netflix From Web to TV? You've Got Options

Blu-ray setup, Xbox and custom-built player all serviceable options
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2008 3:05 PM CST
Samsung Electronics is equipping Blu-ray DVD players so they can retrieve movies and TV shows from Netflix Inc.'s Internet streaming service.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – For those who disdain DVDs and won’t watch movies on computers, there are perfectly passable devices that get streaming video from Netflix to your TV, Nick Wingfield writes in the Wall Street Journal after testing an LG Blu-ray player, the Xbox game console, and a purpose-built device from Roku. All are easy to set up, if not cheap, and deliver something near DVD quality.

Netflix’s online catalog is slim, but will likely grow. Most of the devices work on wired networks, though the Roku Netflix Player has built-in Wi-Fi. At less than $100, it’s the best value if you intend only to watch movies via the Web. For ease of use, though, the Xbox leads the pack due to a recent software upgrade. All require a Netflix subscription.