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Samsung Blu-Ray Players Add Netflix, Pandora Services

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On Thursday, Samsung announced new partnerships with two Internet multimedia companies for the purpose of incorporating audio/video streaming services into the company's latest Blu-ray disc players.

Samsung BD-P2500 Samsung said it would partner with the online video disc rental company Netflix and the music recommendation and Internet radio service Pandora. Both will bring Internet-based multimedia streaming features to Samsung's BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 Blu-ray Disc players.

Owners of the aforementioned players can now apply a firmware update that will enable near-instant streaming of over 12,000 Netflix movies; an active Netflix account is required to stream Netflix content. This is similar to the “watch instantly" feature currently available on the Netflix website (Windows-based PCs only), and it is similar in functionality to other stand-alone devices such as the Netflix Player by Roku as well as the LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc player.

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