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Netflix Inside: A Comprehensive List of Netflix Streaming Devices

Aside from your PC, you can stream Netflix on more than 50 different devices, including game consoles, HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and home theater systems. Here are the specs you need to know to get started.

The State of Play

Getting a movie (or an entire season of Lost) delivered in the mail used be the height of convenience, but discs are so last decade. Consumers are increasingly seeking instant satisfaction, in the form of streaming video on demand. Netflix says that 48 percent of its 12.3 million subscribers used its streaming feature in December 2009, versus just 28 percent the previous year.

(For more, see our companion feature, "How to Navigate the Deluge of Netflix Streaming Devices.")

If you're ready to stream Netflix into your living room, the following hardware list includes the key specs you need to know. Remember, though, that not all Netflix-ready devices are created equal. Some players will let you choose new movies right on your TV, while others will allow you only to play movies you've already placed in your Instant Queue via the Netflix Website.

In addition, don't forget that you'll also need a Netflix streaming subscription. Unlimited access to watch as much as you want starts at $9 a month.

Video Game Consoles: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii

Price: Xbox 360 starts at $200, PlayStation 3 starts at $300, Wii starts at $200

Netflix selection: Full streaming library, Instant Queue

Web content: Online gaming, BD-Live (PS3 only), video rentals (PS3 and Xbox 360), YouTube

Connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi (Xbox 360 requires Wi-Fi adapter, sold separately)

Video outputs: Component, composite, HDMI, S-Video (PS3 and Xbox 360); the Wii uses a proprietary video output

PlayOn Software

Price: $40

Web content: Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Hulu, more

Roku Digital Video Player

Price: Roku SD $80, Roku HD $100, Roku HD-XR $130

Netflix selection: Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, MLB.TV, Flickr, Facebook photos, Pandora, Twit.tv, Mediafly

Network connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi

Video outputs: Component, composite, HDMI, S-Video

TiVo HD DVRs

Price: TiVo HD $250, TiVo HD-XL $500, TiVo Series3 prices vary

Netflix selection: Instant Queue

Web content: Blockbuster, Amazon Video On Demand, Walt Disney Studios, Jaman, YouTube, Music Choice, more

Connection: Ethernet (Wi-Fi adapters available)

Video outputs: Component, composite, HDMI, S-Video

Insignia Blu-ray Players

Price: NS-WBRDVD $180, NS-BRDVD3 $100

Netflix selection: Full streaming library, Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix

Network connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi (NS-WBRDVD only)

Video output: Component, composite, HDMI

LG Blu-ray Players

Price: BD370 $250, BD390 $350

Netflix selection: Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix, YouTube, CinemaNow, Vudu (BD390 only), more

Connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi (BD390 only)

Video output: Component, composite, HDMI

Samsung Blu-ray Players

Price: BD-P1600 $200, BD-P3600 $300, BD-P4600 $350

Netflix selection: Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix, Pandora

Network connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi (BD-P1600 requires wireless adapter, sold separately)

Video outputs: Composite, component, HDMI, S-Video (BD-P1600 only)

Sony BDP-N460 Blu-ray Player

Price: $200

Netflix selection: Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Slacker, YouTube, Crackle

Network connection: Ethernet

Video outputs: Component, composite, HDMI

LG Internet-Capable HDTVs

Price: $1300 to $2700

Netflix selection: Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix, Vudu, Yahoo TV Widgets, Flickr

Connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi (see specific models for connectivity details)

Video outputs: Component, composite, HDMI/HDCP, S-Video (PS80 models only)

Sony Bravia HDTVs

Price: $1119 and up

Netflix selection: Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Sony Pictures, more

Connection: Ethernet (Wi-Fi enabled devices are slated for 2010)

Video outputs: Component, composite, HDMI, S-Video (specifications for individual models may vary)

Vizio HDTVs

Price: SV422XVT $1200, SV472SVT $1800, VF552XVT $2200

Netflix selection: Full streaming library, Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Flickr, Rhapsody, Twitter, Vudu, Yahoo TV Widgets, Blip.tv, CBS, CinemaNow, CNBC, Free Stream Media, NBC, more

Connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi

Video outputs: Component, composite, HDMI/HDCP, S-Video (SV422XVT does not have S-Video)

Blu-ray Home Theater Systems

Price: $550 and up

Netflix selection: Instant Queue

Web content: Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora (Samsung systems offer Netflix only)

Network connection: Ethernet, Wi-Fi (specifications for individual models vary)

Video outputs: Composite, component, HDMI

For more, see our companion feature, "How to Navigate the Deluge of Netflix Streaming Devices."

And for additional home theater information, see the following related stories:

* Top Choices: 46- and 47-Inch HDTVs

* HDTV Buying Guide: Making Sense of the Specifications

* The Best of CES 2010