Televisions from LG today joined the growing list of products able to stream movies instantly from Netflix. The Korean electronics maker announced it would debut a line of broadband-enabled TVs at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas this week.
The high definition sets join LG and Samsung Blu-ray players, the popular Microsoft XBox 360 gaming console, TiVo digital video recorders, a set-top box from Roku, and Mac and Windows computers in being able to stream any of 12,000 titles to a Netflix member's screen instantly.
But the TV represents the killer app – a straight connection from the web to the tube. The New York Times quotes Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “It's hugely symbolic.... The holy grail has always been to give the TV an Internet jack in addition to the cable jack. It’s an early glimpse of the long-term future.”