LG Marries Blu-ray and Netflix Streaming

Posted by Dave Cowl on July 31, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Downloads, Format War, Netflix Streaming, Rental

Apparently you won’t have to choose between a Blu-ray player and a Netflix streaming player in the fall – you can have both in one device.

TWICE is reporting that the new LG BD300 Blu-ray player will also be able to stream standard definition movies from Netflix.

The player will be the second set-top device compatible with Netflix streaming. The first was a $99 Roku dedicated player.

The LG BD300 will also be a capable Blu-ray player with 1080p output as well as Bonus View and BD Live support.

The player will also scale DVDs and downloads up to 1080p.

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7 Responses to “LG Marries Blu-ray and Netflix Streaming”

  1. burndive on July 31st, 2008 1:35 pm

    You can also get an HTPC that does a whole lot more for “under $500.”

    Netflix streaming is a cool feature, though.

    Still, Blu-ray stand-alone players are way too expensive. They need to drop below $200.

  2. Ryan on July 31st, 2008 1:48 pm

    Streaming of standard-def movies from Netflix. What a great feature.

    I can’t remember, does the Roku box support (future) streaming of HD content? I seem to remember HDMI being present on the original press release.

    Could the LG player, in theory, be upgraded @ a later date to stream HD content?

  3. Mehar Gill on July 31st, 2008 2:29 pm


    The Roku is unable to stream HD content, the only player that will be capable is the Xbox 360.

    On pen and paper it should have the hardware to playback at least 720p content via streaming so it is definitely a possibility, then again couldn’t the combo Blu Ray/HD DVD players just receive a update to support profile 2.0 at least partially?

  4. James Segars on July 31st, 2008 3:59 pm


    The Roku box has nearly every video output to date. I believe — not positive — that it comes with composite, component, hdmi, and perhaps even s-video.

    That said, I can’t imagine why they’d be putting HDMI or Component jacks — as opposed to dropping them and the price of the box — if they didn’t at least hope to provide streaming of 720p content in the future.

    Bear in mind, there is no official word from Roku with regard to HD streaming, but rest assured, we’ll keep you in the know.

  5. Mehar Gill on July 31st, 2008 4:17 pm

    The Roku box only has 64MB of RAM which is why I doubt it can handle any sort of HD content.

  6. Dave Cowl on July 31st, 2008 5:19 pm

    Why do you think 64 MB is not enough to do HD?

  7. Mehar Gill on July 31st, 2008 5:40 pm

    @Dave Cowl

    Well it probably can but not at very good quality, I was applying playback with streaming, my bad.

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