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Streaming Blu-ray on Netflix? Not This Year.

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Neflix began streaming movies in May of 2008. They expanded to streaming on gaming systems like XBOX and then to an independent box, made just for streaming video. Could it get any better than that?  It did.  Netflix currently streams on game systems like Xbox360 & Sony’s PS3, as well as higher end television sets from Sony and LG, and blu-ray players from Sony, Samsung, and LG.

Netflix is aiming to release a Netflix option with surround sound with Blu-ray video, but will probably not be during the 2010 calendar year. Thank goodness for the Netflix Blu-ray option….

Vudu, on the other hand, does have quite a few hi-def options. They have more choices available in high definition and higher quality formats. Vudu’s technology works in select product from LG (blu-ray), Mitsubishi (HDTVs), and will be coming soon to select products from Samsung, Toshiba and Sharp.

Currently, there’s no word on the possible release of Netflix streaming with surround. We’ll keep you posted. CNET notes that 5.1 surround sound will be available for their instant watching product in 2010. No word on when 1080p video will be available, but we would assume they are working on that next.

Would you stay loyal to Netflix or switch to Vudu because they have more HD options?

-Kelly B.