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Wedbush Morgan Securities has speculated about a possible Netflix deal to stream movies through Xbox 360 consoles.

The conclusion, made by the investment banking firm, came off the back of comments made by Netflix management. If true it would allow the online rental service to stream movies directly into consumer's consoles.

"As we have speculated in the past, we believe that one of Netflix's partners is Microsoft. We arrive at this conclusion based upon Netflix management repeatedly mentioning 'Internet enabled video game consoles'," said a Wedbush Morgan statement.

"While there are three such consoles, only one - Microsoft's Xbox 360 - has a sufficiently large installed base to make sense from a streaming partnership with Netflix."

"The competitive advantage of such an alliance is clear: Netflix customers who are Xbox Live members will have the ability to stream online content through their Xbox 360s directly to their televisions. The ability to do so is available without the Xbox 360, but requires a measure of technological sophistication and a high tolerance for failure," it added.

Earlier this year, Netflix had surveyed subscribers on the possibility of streaming movies via the Xbox 360 console.

Maybe somthing offical at E3 on this from MS.


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I held off on buying the roku box just in case something happened within the next 6 months. I hope this actually gets done.
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already works if you have vista.

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already works if you have vista.

I thought it was a thread about this awhile ago. Isn't it also used with Media Center to get it?

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already works if you have vista.

It works with XP too, but there is a little work around you need to do.

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It works with XP too, but there is a little work around you need to do.

I've been holding off on the Roku box too in case this comes through (Or upgrading to Vista).

Can you point me to this XP workaround? I've never heard of it and can't seem to find anything.
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As much as I like the idea, I still have some reservations about it. I was hopping that along with the untimely demise of HD DVD that Blu Ray would come out of the gates swinging and try to grab some market share. It hasn't happened and I am a little bit worried about the future of HDM. I certainly wouldn't mind having some 720p HD movies, but I would prefer to have them on a disc with 1080p and lossless sound.
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I've been holding off on the Roku box too in case this comes through (Or upgrading to Vista).

Can you point me to this XP workaround? I've never heard of it and can't seem to find anything.

Actually ... I don't think a workaround is required any more. I just streamed bladerunner from netflix to my xp HTPC.

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Actually ... I don't think a workaround is required any more. I just streamed bladerunner from netflix to my xp HTPC.

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yeah we thought you were talking about a way to rig xp to send the internet stream to the 360. "Watch it now" has worked on XP from the start.
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Actually ... I don't think a workaround is required any more. I just streamed bladerunner from netflix to my xp HTPC.

As mentioned, Netflix->XP isn't difficult. The trick is streaming Netflix "Watch Instantly" movies to an Xbox 360... when you don't have a Vista PC on your home network.

The vmcNetflix plugin for Vista Media Center is the only one of the Netflix plugins for Windows Media Center (Vista or XP) that has support for streaming down to the Xbox 360 extender. (more)
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I've just been planning to wait for when LG releases their BluRay that will also stream from Netflix, no need for a Roku.
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As mentioned, Netflix->XP isn't difficult. The trick is streaming Netflix "Watch Instantly" movies to an Xbox 360... when you don't have a Vista PC on your home network.

The vmcNetflix plugin for Vista Media Center is the only one of the Netflix plugins for Windows Media Center (Vista or XP) that has support for streaming down to the Xbox 360 extender. (more)


Extremely sorry guys. As I drifted off to sleep in a nyquil induced stupor last night, I realized what you were talking about.

There actually was a point where they (netflix) were not supporting cards (or at least certain cards/resolutions) without HDMI. After hours and hours of google searching I pieced together a work around. For some reason I assumed this had something to do with Vista/DRM or something.

My apologies again. I added nothing to this thread.

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This is what I've been waiting for. I cancelled my Blockbuster online account a month ago. Entirely too expensive they had increased the price from $17.99 a year ago.. to $34.99 for the same service.

I'm been eager to sign up for netflix since. And this announcement only makes it more exciting. I personally cant wait to have new releases streamed to my living room.

Less clutter.. more movies.. better price.

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This is what I've been waiting for. I cancelled my Blockbuster online account a month ago. Entirely too expensive they had increased the price from $17.99 a year ago.. to $34.99 for the same service.

I'm been eager to sign up for netflix since. And this announcement only makes it more exciting. I personally cant wait to have new releases streamed to my living room.

Less clutter.. more movies.. better price.

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don't get too excited just yet. There indeed is a lot of content on netflix watch it mnow but the majority is more indie/old/pretty craoppy releases. But there is indeed a wide variety and a lot of TV shows. and the more people who sign up the more money netflix has to spend on getting better content.
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Watch it now, gets old fast. There is indeed a wide variety and a lot of TV shows.

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I picked up the Roku/Netflix box last week and simply love the thing. Sure it's YAD (Yet Another Device) to add to the collection, but it's cheap, tiny, and does not require another PC. I can't tell the difference in PQ compared to a DVD (HDMI to 47" LCD). Plus the remote and user interface are dead simple. I'll definitely get excited when I can do the same thing via my 360, but for now this little box is hard to beat.

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For me the 360 is a bit too noisy (even when just streaming) for anything more than the occasional HD download (There Will Be Blood being the latest). Using it frequently to watch movies would become tiresome, I think.
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For me the 360 is a bit too noisy (even when just streaming) for anything more than the occasional HD download (There Will Be Blood being the latest). Using it frequently to watch movies would become tiresome, I think.

This is where I am as well. My Roku box is on its way, so I'll leave the 360 to gaming.
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It is rumored that there is going to be an announcement today at E3 about Microsoft and Netflix.

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As soon as they announce it.. I'm signing up for Netflix

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IF it happens it will be within the next few minutes, they are talking about Video Marketplace now.
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Well, if they DON'T announce it, I'll be buying the Roku Box. I jsut hope they announce it and it will be available sooner (like August) rather than later (December)
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They just announced it, and you can view movies with your Live party.
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And... they just announced it.

With the ability to watch with your friends, just like what HOME promised to do years ago.

Sony dragging their feet with HOME has given MS an opportunity and they look like they are taking advantage of it. Smooth, Sony.
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Nice....no mention of HD though, but that's to be expected until Netflix upgrades their stuff.

Plus, the 360 is the only console that will be offering Netflix...nice bonus for MS.
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This is pretty cool and I'll definitely give it a try. Sucks that Netflix on demand doesn't get new releases, just a bunch of bad catalog titles for the most part.

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this was probably what I was hoping for most out of e3. I've held off on the roku box for this very reason. very nice. any idea of when this is going live?

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Can I instantly watch movies streamed from the Netflix website via my Xbox 360?
Watching instantly on your TV via your Xbox 360 will be available to Netflix members in the late fall of 2008. Watching movies & TV episodes instantly on your TV from Netflix via your Xbox 360 will be included with most plans. You'll choose from a separate, smaller library of over 10,000 movies & TV episodes. With most membership plans, you can watch as many movies from this library as you want - anytime you want - instantly on your PC or via a Netflix ready device on your TV. This will be a bonus to the DVDs you get by mail and will be included with your membership at no additional fee. To watch instantly on your Xbox 360 you will need an Xbox LIVE Gold membership.

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Nice. Looks like I'll be buying a 2nd 360 for the theater room. Good job MS.

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