Netflix is an online media provider that allows a user to watch movies and TV shows instantly on his Netflix-ready device via broadband Internet connection. Some Blu-ray player models from popular manufacturers are able to connect to Netflix, allowing a customer to stream video content to his television.
As of the time of publication, Blu-ray player manufacturers offering Netflix support include LG, Panasonic, Phillips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Yamaha and Vizio. Not all Blu-ray players from these manufacturers are Netflix-ready, so consumers should always check that the model has the “Netflix Internet Streaming Ready” logo, which certifies that it is Netflix-compatible.
Some Internet-connected HDTV models from LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio, as well as home theater systems from Insignia, LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony, may be Netflix-ready. Check the device's documentation for the “Netflix Internet Streaming Ready” logo. Other home theater devices that are Netflix-capable include the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles. Dedicated Internet media devices like Apple TV and Roku, as well as the TiVo DVR, are also Netflix-compatible.
Netflix requires a broadband Internet connection and all Netflix-ready Blu-ray players are Internet-connected. Netflix recommends a minimum download speed of 500 kilobits per second (Kbps) or 0.5 megabits per second (Mbps) for proper streaming. Slower speeds can result in choppy video playback. When streaming high-definition Netflix video, hardwired Internet connections are generally preferred, though most Netflix-ready Blu-ray players also offer a wireless (Wi-Fi) networking option.
Netflix streaming video requires an active Netflix account. Netflix software may vary slightly among Blu-ray players. Some Blu-ray players may have Netflix preloaded into the firmware while others may require a separate download. Netflix previously limited users to six Netflix devices per account, but in June 2011, raised this limit to 50 devices per account. Netflix navigation is handled via the Blu-ray player's remote control. This may be convenient for browsing, but some users may find entering search terms via a remote time consuming. Though Blu-ray players can stream video and perform features such as queue management, Netflix account administration cannot be done through the Blu-ray interface.