Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung said Wednesday that it has added access to the Netflix streaming HD movie service to a pair of its Blu-ray Disc players – models BD-P2500 and BD-P2550.
Starting the first week of December, the feature will enable direct access to several hundred movies and TV episodes made available by Netflix that can stream via the players in high definition, Samsung said.
The capability will be added to existing players through a firmware update available next week. The Samsung models will be among the first players to allow high definition movie rentals through the service. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console l also enables the capability through a firmware update to the new Xbox Experience over the Xbox Live network.
Currently, both the Samsung BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 offer access to the Netflix library of more than 12,000 standard definition videos, but the firmware update will provide consumers with additional access to Netflix HD premium content in 720p resolution.
Netflix has launched the HD service with more than 300 HD titles that play in standard definition audio, Samsung said. Along with the new Netflix HD capabilities, the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 include Silicon Optix’s HQV video processing and fully support advanced BD Live Blu-ray features.
“Our state-of-the-art Blu-ray players truly have become the ultimate HD digital entertainment delivery system with the latest support to allow HD streaming from Netflix,” stated Reid Sullivan, Samsung A/V & Imaging marketing VP. “By understanding changing consumer interests, we are making it easier for consumers to experience a vast world of captivating content, instantaneously, all at the touch of a button.”