Xbox 360 to offer first-ever Netflix HD streaming

The Xbox 360 will become the first device to allow Netflix streaming in HD when the service launches on November 19.

Engadget

When Microsoft unveiled the plan for the new Xbox Live experience back at E3 2008 , we were thrilled to hear that Netflix instant streaming was among the features announced.

That news just got a little sweeter now that Engadget HD is reporting that Xbox 360 owners will also be able to stream selected Netflix titles in HD.

While a list of HD-ready movies is not immediately available, some 300 titles will be ready for HD streaming when the service launches--along with the new Xbox Live experience --November 19.

Judging from the screen grab, it looks like the Netflix 360 player will gauge your Internet connection and decide whether or not your hookup can handle glorious high-definition content.

This is certainly big news for Xbox 360 owners, as no other device has the ability to stream Netflix in HD. Can you hear that? It's the sound of a Roku player crying.

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