Netflix announced at CES agreements with five global consumer electronics companies that will introduce Netflix ready devices later this year. The partners include Funai, which distributes the Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania and Emerson brands in the US, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp and Toshiba. Each company will introduce Blu-ray disc players or digital televisions that will instantly stream thousands of movies and TV episodes from Netflix that can be watched instantly in the comfort of the living room.
Netflix announced the partnerships at the annual Consumer Electronics Show here, representing the continued rapid integration of Netflix streaming functionality into leading consumer electronics devices.
For $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed to their TVs and computers via an ever-growing list of Netflix ready devices, and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered to their homes by via USPS.
The partners announced join CE companies that currently market Netflix ready Blu-ray disc players from Best Buy’s Insignia brand, LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony. Microsoft and Sony market the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3, respectively, both of which instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix. Netflix members can instantly watch movies and TV episodes on the stand-alone Roku and on new TiVo DVRs. And watching movies and TV episodes instantly from Netflix without an external device is possible on current and future model televisions from Insignia, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony and VIZIO.