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LG to sell televisions that directly stream Netflix movies

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 5th 2009 12:11PM
LGIf I were a cable company, I'd have mixed feelings about this. LG is working with Netflix to sell televisions that directly stream movies to the set via an Internet connection.

This is yet another step in guaranteeing that nobody will use the cable companies to watch movies anymore. No wonder HBO, etc. have long since gotten into the business of original content.

I'm not sure how successful this formula will be, considering there is still a monthly service fee involved with the use of Netflix. Perhaps they could change their pricing model for the purchase of one of these LG televisions. I'd have issue with paying for cable, Internet and monthly movie rentals particularly when so many televisions can now be directly hooked up to a computer.

I'd like to think that this is the beginning of the all-in-one television, which along with being flat and pretty light will have built-in wi-fi, a PVR including Blu-Ray (or whatever the future generation recording technology is) and an ice cream maker.

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Jon

Actually Netflix doesn't stream new movies right now, and if they do, they are only allowed to do it for a limited time because of all the cable and rental deals that movie companies have. This does, however put another nail in Blockbuster's coffin.

January 06 2009 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeanette

The technology may be slow now, but within a few years this will work wonderfully. I hope.

January 06 2009 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chip Douglas

While the content may still be lacking, the threat of HD content along with a subscription model, makes this much more attractive than renting from a brick and mortar. I am sure in due time, the entire library will be available. As far as the internet connection, there are more and more options for higher bandwidth services. This is a way for Netflix to embed themselves in the same way IE was able to increase their market share in the browser war.

January 05 2009 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kaycee

Yeah, the inventory is pretty lame. Plus, I am not buying an LG tv just for that, Ill stick with my $99 Roku player.

January 05 2009 at 1:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick cokely

As long as Netflix continues to stream on it's current architecture, I don't think there will be any replacements for Cable for a long time. On weekends and some weeknights the service is so slow and stuttering constantly that it is unwatchable. Plus the only thing the current Netflix library has going for it is it's massive collection of old TV shows - most of the movies they have on there are of questionable quality. Don't get me wrong, I love my streaming Netflix but I don't think the cable companies have anything to be worried about for a long time.

January 05 2009 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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