Xbox 360 to stream Netflix movies

Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 video game console will be able to stream thousands of movies over the Internet, thanks to a deal announced Monday with Netflix Inc. that highlights the way gaming devices are expanding into all-purpose home-entertainment hubs.

The arrangement, revealed at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles, will let Netflix subscribers stream 10,000 movies and TV shows to Xbox consoles for viewing on television sets, beginning this fall. Xbox had movies and shows available for download before, but only half as many.

"This generation of consoles will change the face of home entertainment more than any other generation before," said John Schappert, corporate vice president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment division.

As Microsoft vies for a stronger foothold in the living room, so is rival Sony Corp., which has tried to make its PlayStation 3 into a broader entertainment device by including Blu-ray high-definition DVD players in the consoles.

The deal with Microsoft also marks an important expansion for Netflix, whose 18-month-old streaming service — which supplements its DVD-by-mail program — has been available on computers instead of TVs, unless consumers had bought a small streaming device from a Netflix-backed startup called Roku Inc.

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This is awesome with the exception that when Neowin announced the Roku player a while back I bought it! Yay! A great way to waste $100! I guess I can find another way to use it.

Does anybody know if Netflix will start offering streaming HD movies? Or at least higher quality moves (better than DVD quality)? If so, that would be a huge plus since I already have a Netflix subscription. Either way, this is better than waiting for the disc to arrive the next day.

I don't think they'll be in a hurry to put HD movies on there. It takes an eternity to download them! I saw a test on The Gadget Show last night. They tested out which is the best way to get HD movies. They had one person going to the shops and buying a Blu-Ray, and the other downloading the same movie on AppleTV. The AppleTV took 4 hours to download! By that time, the other guy had come back with his Blu-Ray, watched it completely, and fallen asleep! They then compared picture and sound quality, and Blu-Ray came out top again.

Nice, I own A 360 and I use Netflix and now I can watch the Movies in my “Watch Now Queue” on my TV (32" HD Plasma).
The quality on my 22" PC Monitor was ok but now all the family can watch the movies in the living room. I am Very Happy.

Bigpond (Australian ISP) have it's own movie streaming service and is compatible with Windows Medica Centre and can stream to the Xbox360.

Problem is for me is they are not captioned for deaf people in mind

Hmm. I just posted this in the other entry regarding Netflix on the 360 (why are there two entries about the same thing?)

So, other than adding yet another revenue stream, why is a *Gold* account required to watch something which I can already watch for free on my computer and 360 (through a Media Center plugin)?

Not everyone has or wants a Gold account for a variety of reasons. I just canceled the Gold account I've had ever since the beta because I never have time to get online when my friends are online and because I don't see any other benefit to Gold. Preventing millions of Xbox Live member from playing your latest demo (Too Human & Vesperia-something yesterday) is *not* a good way to get people interested in purchasing your upcoming game. While it's about time they officially supported Netflix viewing to the 360, why the artificial roadblock money-grab?

Price gouging on movie rentals is not a selling point when I already have a Netflix subscription *and* TiVo. I can wait a day or two for a new movie to arrive in the mail since I've likely got several hours of TiVoed content to watch.

FWIW, I also don't pay for themes and gamerpics to advertise someone else's games. If you want me to advertise for you, you need to provide me with free content.

Those of you with families will have a better understanding of this than the teeny-boppers & college students with more time and, sometimes, disposable income than they know what to do with. I, on the other hand, only lack the time...

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