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Werd2406

Connect to TiVo hopefully...

gir

I have no idea what they're going to do, but I hope they won't limit themselves to an approach that requires that I already have something, because I almost certainly don't.

As it stands today, a laptop is the lowest common denominator and probably is the in thing for the younger crowd. However, I'd prefer something a little more professional and polished than a tangle of wires next to my TV where I can temporarily connect up my laptop each time I want to use WatchNow.

leonardodicrapio

I would love to see Tivo connectivity. I don't think that Tivo's deal with Amazon's UnBox service is exclusive. I think if Netflix and Tivo brought their partnership back from the dead, it would be good for the customer retention rates of both companies.

I think we will see XBox360 connectivity first (which I believe can already be done on a PC with Media Center or Zune software). Wii connectivity should be Netflix's next step after that (if it is possible) and Playstation3 a distant third.

Did Reed slip up by telling us that there is most likely going to be a High Definition DVD player hook-up (Netflix is in Toshiba's camp?), or did Reed just mean to use the generic term High Definition disc players (which refers to Blu-Ray disc players or HD-DVD players). Reed has misspoken before, so I'm not sure if we should read anything into the comment.

However, Toshiba may subsidize the player, which could put it at a sub-$199 price point (which would be fairly attractively considering the last DVD player I got about six months ago -- an Oppo -- cost about $149). Add in about a half dozen "free" HD-DVD's with the player and it looks quite attractive.

Edward R Murrow

"Reed has misspoken before, so I'm not sure if we should read anything into the comment."

In your next weekly one on one with Reed over there at Netflix, ask him for clarification and report back to us.

leonardodicrapio

OK, Ed. Say hi to Brian Roberts (the CEO of the Roberts-controlled Comcast Corporation for those of you who don't know) the next team you guys have lunch. Do you guys usually have a Wednesday lunch date? I guess you should say hi to Brian (for me) later today then if you get this message later this morning before you head out for lunch.

gir

Don't feed the trolls.

paving

Integrating Netflix watch now functionality into a Toshiba HD DVD player would be a coup for both sides.

HD DVD players already have an onboard OS, ethernet and online functionality.

Im Not A Turnip

"I'd prefer something a little more professional and polished than a tangle of wires next to my TV where I can temporarily connect up my laptop each time I want to use WatchNow."

Hey Gir,

My niece didn't like the "Wad of Wires" either, so she simply hid them in a decorative basket beside her TV. The wires are always connected to the TV and she ran them through a hole near the bottom the basket and they are coiled up inside. Then she simply connects her laptop to the "basket wires" when it's WatchNow Time.

I HIGHLY recommend getting a Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard/Mouse for any WatchNow fan. They have a range of about 30 feet vs. 6 feet from the traditional wireless combos. The way my house is configured, my TV (stereo, DVD player, etc.) and my computer room are on opposite sides of the same wall. I ran cables through the wall from my TV and typically leave them disconnected under my desk in the other room. With Bluetooth, I can control a computer in the other room from the comfort of my couch once connected to a computer. Typically these keyboard/mouse combos retail for well over $100, but thanks to Amazon and other such internet sites, they can be found for around $50.

Heck, with a range like 30 feet, you can REALLY get creative and keep disconnected, awaiting "WatchNow cables" hidden by drilling holes and running them through the back of an entertainment center, a side table, whatever you have available. Even if the computer doesn't have direct line of sight, doors don't affect the performance of Bluetooth for the most part.

While I'm promoting cool gizmos, the Logitech Harmony Remote Controllers are the coolest thing EVER for anyone who has several home theater components. You set up things like "Watch TV", "Play DVD", "Listen to Stereo", "WatchNow", "Satellite Radio" or whatever and all the appropriate electronic components turn on or off with the push of ONE button. Sliced bread wishes it was that cool!

gir

Bluetooth might also be an ideal solution for the tangle of wires. If NetFlix (or someone) created a bluetooth audio/video widget, we could attach that to our TVs, just leave it connected, and have WatchNow on our TVs without ever having to physically attach the laptop to anything.

On the other hand, a bluetooth widget wouldn't be too much different from a WiFi settop box, and a settop box doesn't require a laptop, so that's probably a better way to go.

PS. I appreciate the cable-storage idea, but I'd still have to perch my laptop somewhere, or put it on the floor. I really am looking for something that fits in my entertainment center and stays permanently connected.

leonardodicrapio

It just occured to me that if Netflix truly is working on integration with a HD-DVD player manufacturer (i.e. Toshiba) that it would be extremely boneheaded of both companies to wait until January to announce the product considering a lot of HD-DVD players will likely fly off the shelves this Christmas season for less than $200. For me personally, the announcement this week has made go from thinking about maybe buying 1 or 2 HD-DVD players this year (one for me and one as a potential XMas gift) to putting off any purchases until 2008.

Of course an announcement in January may just mean that consumer products may be showing up months later in 2008.

Edward R Murrow

"Say hi to Brian Roberts (the CEO of the Roberts-controlled Comcast Corporation for those of you who don't know) the next team you guys have lunch"

Hell, no. Comcast stock is doing so poorly Brian would make me pick up the check.

Edward R Murrow

"...it would be extremely boneheaded of both companies to wait until January to announce the product considering..."

Agreed. And when this announcement does happen, the Netflix employees doing the DVD shipping and receiving software systems should see the writing on the wall. The job market is hitting on all 8 cylinders right now; only the employees who aren't good enough to get hired elsewhere will still be there doing the legacy work.

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