Netflix Working With Three Secret Hardware Partners: No Names, Just Hints

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We already know that Netflix has partnered up with LG, but a recent conference quarterly call has revealed that there are three other players in the mix:

At this point, I can tell you we have LG plus three additional partners actively working on integrating our technology into their products. Three of the four partners are major companies which each sell millions of devices per year and will enable the Netflix functionality in some of those devices likely in Q4 of this year. The fourth partner is a small company with which — which will likely launch sooner than Q4.

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So which companies could they be talking about?

Rumors have been floating around about the XBox 360 for awhile now, so that makes Microsoft one likely contender. Naturally, that could also mean that Sony and the PS3 would be included. Other major company players that naturally spring to mind are TiVo and Apple—but the fourth "small company" is anyone's guess. [Seeking Alpha via Hacking Netflix via Zats]

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Considering I can already watch Netflix movies 'on demand', I am not certain how much benefit such a system would have to our family. If they could improve the quality and selection of the streaming options, that would help .. maybe.

These days we are renting Blu-ray titles, and no matter what they do on the download/streaming front, it will not match that quality. Ultimately, the only movies we would watch are ones that I do not care about the quality or where I can not wait a few days for the title to arrive in the mail. In practice, the only times I have used it are when I am traveling, and I would not be traveling with a PS3 / Xbox360 anyway.

All of which is to say, I guess I don't care.