Netflix and Samsung partner to instantly stream movies

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 27, 2008 at 7:55 am

With a new deal, Netflix can now offer subscribers instant downloads to certain Bluray players.

Netflix, Inc., 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.

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Comments (8)

CinemarkFan on October 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Another nail in digital cinema. If 65MM were to return, moviegoing will ge a lot better.

Support these guys:

JohnRice on October 27, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Not that I wouldn’t love to see it but 65mm (70mm prints) has about as much chance of returning as silent movies. In fact it looks like 35mm is about to become an endangered species. Like it or not, we are now living in a digital world, at least as far as our media is concerned.

MPol on October 27, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Netflix sounds like the latest convenience and advancement in technology for home entertainment, as does blue-ray, etc, but they’re helping kill the cinema business. Very, very sad indeed. Warren, your post says it all…in a nutshell.

KenLayton on October 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm

“Digital” cinema in your home! No more need to go to a theater.

CinemarkFan on October 27, 2008 at 9:00 pm

What Ken said. That’s why I believe that if the industry wants to survive, they should take a look into shooting selected films for the BIGWIDESCREEN. On 2/17/09, people will already have digital on all channels, then Netflix is doing this. Then take into account the high —– ticket prices, loud moviegoers/cellphones, IMAX being neutered etc… What reason would people have to go out to the movies?

This whole “digital” is better will blow up in their faces very very soon. Count on it.

CinemarkFan on October 27, 2008 at 9:02 pm

And I hope to get my first theaters open by next spring/summer. My mission will be to bring back the sense of showmanship to the movies. And lower tickets too.

MPol on October 28, 2008 at 9:35 pm

It’s really a shame that this was all allowed to happen.

KingBiscuits on October 29, 2008 at 3:46 am

I’d say that this hurts video stores more than theatres. The films themselves won’t be entirely new so it only hurts theatres a little. However, some people probably won’t need to go the video store ever again with this and as a result, it decreases the amount of money made in the home entertainment industry.

Right now, the only things that will hurt theatres would be same-day theatrical to video windows on everything and Paris Hilton on the A list.

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