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HD streaming on Xbox 360 via Netflix with NXE

This story comes from Engadget, and the reports say that on November 19th, the Xbox 360, with the New Xbox Experience (fall ‘08 update – and spring ‘08 update for that matter) will be the first place you can stream HD content from Netflix.  There will be a meager 300 HD titles to start with, but I’m sure more will be added.

Other ‘boxes’ that can stream SD content from Netflix include the Roku, LG’s BD300, Samsung’s P2500 / P2550 Blu-ray players and your PC on Netflix’s own “Watch Instantly” portal.  Even though HD streaming isn’t available on these yet, a recent update to the article linking to a Cnet report that states the HD streaming will come to all the boxes at the same time.  Netflix has estimated that HD streaming will require a download speed of 8-10 Mb/s.

Whether or not the 360 is the first place or just one of many places to stream HD content from Netflix, I’m totally excited about this.  I already own a 360, but none of the other boxes.  GUI J and I didn’t get in the NXE preview, but I’ll be sure to let you know on November 19th how it all works.  We may just have a Pub movie night!  Let us know what you’d want to watch with us.

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  • uhmm i hope works…looks interesting

  • Ok… 8-10 MB dl speed? holy smokes. pulling 6MB here now and cost another $20 a month to goto spikes of 10MB but not consistent. The SD I was starting to believe was going to happen but HD, yeah right…