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.