Netflix subscribers, I hope you haven’t rushed out and bought the Roku box yet. (That’s the $100 box that lets you stream movies and other video content from Netflix over the Internet for free.) Apparently, Netflix is going to give you lots of options to access the online content, and yesterday LG Electronics showed off the latest.
The new LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player has a wired Ethernet connection, and if you connect it to your home network with broadband Internet access, your Netflix subscription will give you unlimited free access to their online library of more than 12,000 movies and other video content. No pricing has been announced yet for the player which will ship this fall, but this added feature makes the higher cost of Blu-ray (as compared with HD DVD, RIP) a lot more palatable.
In addition to the Roku box, Netflix recently announced partnering with Microsoft XBox Live service to provide free streaming video to Netflix subscribers. Clearly, the company is aggressive about making the transition from renting physical discs by mail to an electronic delivery service. And Netflix has come out of the blocks hard and fast, leaving Blockbuster in the dust.