November 4, 2008
representatives have responded to rumors on its online forum board regarding when it will launch streaming HD services
and announced, earlier than they'd like, that it will team up with Netflix
to bring HD content to its subscribers.
Compared to the recently announced Xbox
and Netflix tie-up that will also see streaming HD content to the Xbox, Roku will use different Advanced Profile encoding to deliver the HD content at significantly lower bit-rates.
In related news, CNet
reports that Netflix has decided to stop selling used DVDs
to its customer base, instead deciding to focus its attention on its rental by mail and Watch Instantly services.
"As you know, our core business is delivering great movie rentals to you on DVD by mail and instantly to the computer and TV, so we've decided it makes sense for us to focus exclusively on that," the company stated in a Netflix blog post.
More on the streaming from Electronista
(and thanks for the photo).