LG unveils Blu-ray player with Netflix Watch Now

LG unveils Blu-ray player with Netflix Watch Now

LG logoLG Electronics has unveiled a Blu-ray player with the ability to stream video from Netflix. This is the second set-top device with this feature. Roku released a Netflix Watch Now player in May.

Previous LG Blu-ray players were dual-format playing the now defunct HD DVD. This new player, the BD300, follows that tradition, but this time it plays Blu-ray Discs and streams online content.

The player will ship this Autumn at a price “well below $500” to be competitive with other Blu-ray players on the market. It will be BD2.0 with BonusView and BD-Live ability.

Netflix subscriptions with the unlimited Watch Now feature begin at $8.99 per month – just a little more than a 24-hour rental of a single title through some other services. You also receive DVDs and/or Blu-rays delivered through the mail.

The Xbox 360 and Windows Media Center platforms can also access Netflix Watch Now material.

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Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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7 Comments on “LG unveils Blu-ray player with Netflix Watch Now”

  1. I don’t think Watch Now is unlimited. From what I remember, you get up to the amount of hours equal to the dollars you pay per month in Netflix service fees. So if you’re on the $8.99/mo plan, you would get 9 hours of Watch Now service per month.

  2. All plans have unlimited Watch Now time. It started out with limited per month but it changed. Only the starter package for $4.99 per month is limited to 2-hours per month. Only plans $8.99 and up work with set-top solutions.

  3. Great article Gabe. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix and similar media stations on your LG BR Player by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

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