Netflix to Offer 1080p HD Movies
Washington, D.C. (October 15,
2010) -- Netflix has announced
that it will add Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and 1080p HD
movies to its streaming video service.
The new features will first be added to Netflix's service on
Sony's PlayStation 3 on Monday. The company said more devices
would get Dolby sound and 1080p movies "over time." Netflix's
instant streaming service is also available on Blu-ray players,
PCs, Apple TV and the XBox 360.
Netflix did not say which movies -- or how many -- would be
available in 1080p, a format that purports to offer a sharper
picture. Blu-ray movies are also in 1080p, but many industry
analysts believe that a streaming 1080p video does not deliver a
picture as good as the high-def disc.
However, Netflix said that PS3 owners would no longer have to
insert a disc in the console to view its library of movies and
To get Netflix's streaming service, Netflix subscribers must pay
a minimum of $8.99 a month. The fee allows subscribers to rent
hard discs via the mail as well watch movies instantly over the
Net. But the company is reportedly considering launching a
streaming-only subscription plan in the near future.
Netflix believes that streaming would reduce costs as well as
enhance the rental experience because consumers would not have
to wait for movies to be delivered by mail.
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