I am surprised that the marriage of Netflix and Xbox has not garnered more attention. The marrying of a movie subscription model (Netflix instant watch queue)with a HD enabled gaming system should be a massive game changer. Xbox gold members who are also members of the Unlimited Netflix subscription plan have access to an additional 12,000 movies. That is in addition to the approximately 20,000 titles available for purchase or rent from the Xbox Live Market Place.
If the stars align correctly this Christmas I may get an Xbox, if not there are other Netflix compatible hardware options that one should consider. This includes:
- The Netflix Player by Roku - MSRP $99.99
- LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Player - MSRP $349
- Samsung BD-P2500/BD-P2550 Blu-ray Player - MSRP $399
No matter what option you choose it should negate the need to purchase non HD premium channels from your cable provider, and it also offers a better option than mailing in DVDs. It could also save me about $150 a year.