Netflix Expands Its Streaming Video Service to Samung Blu-ray Players and Mac OS X

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There’s some interesting developments happening with Netflix of late. First, the company announced last week that they’ve partnered with Samsung to provide streaming video to Netflix subscribers directly through their BD player set-top (FYI, Samsung has also added Pandora music streaming support as well). And today Netflix is out saying that Mac OS X users running computers with Intel’s architecture will be able to tap into the streaming service via Microsoft’s Silverlight web browser plugin for Apple Safari and Firefox. While all these steps forward are all well and good, ABI Research analyst Steve Wilson has some good commentary on the announcements and believes that Netflix will soon be hitting a snag with their present model if they don’t begin delivering HD video (as well as more streaming content in general) to users, especially those who’ve got their media streamers and Blu-ray players connected to their HDTVs. However, more HD video may soon be on the horizon now that the company is leveraging Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM for Silverlight. PlayReady Details: “Silverlight with PlayReady offers a powerful and secure toolkit for delivery of dynamic streaming, which offers faster start-up, and higher quality video, adapted in real time to users’ connection speeds,” states Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt.

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