Netflix Coming Soon To Your Remote Control

Because accessing Netflix isn’t easy enough, the video company announced earlier today that it has partnered with the makers of several devices to integrate a Netflix-specific button on remote controls.

The buttons will begin popping up this spring on certain new Blu-ray disc players from Dynex, Haier, Memorex, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba.

Remotes for internet-connected TVs from Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba will also get the Netflix treament, as will Boxee, Iomega and Roku set-top boxes.

Quoth the Netflix Chief Product Officer:

No more turning on the TV, going to a home screen and searching for the Netflix icon. With the Netflix one-click remote, it’s simply a matter of pushing the Netflix button to instantly watch any of the vast selection of TV shows and movies available to stream from Netflix.

Streaming From Netflix Will Soon be Even More Convenient With Netflix One-Click Remotes Introduced by Major Consumer Electronics Makers [Netflix Announcement]


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  1. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    My Sony Blu-Ray player defaults to Amazon Video on Demand and some other drivel–I have to scroll down to get to the Netflix option. I’d settle for being able to reorder/delete the icons. Sony put their Michael Jackson memorial is near the top of the list, too. How annoying!

    • dcarrington01 says:

      Specifically why I wont ever buy another Sony product. They decide what to put on my device and then not let me delete it? How presumptuous……

      • trellis23 says:

        You might need to stop buying electronics altogether if you are avoiding products that do this.

  2. DanKelley98 says:

    Netflix is so far ahead of the curve. Will Blockbuster survive 2011?

    • sgtO says:

      “ahead of the curve”… hmm (?).

      I was looking into getting their service recently and was turned off by too many complaints about their On Demand catalog being useless (hard to find a movie title), by-mail service sending defective disks and folks cancelling their service but being billed for several months after…

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        I had no problems with Netflix during a recent “Netflix vs Blockbuster” comparison. Blockbuster failed on so many issues, Netflix won hands down. I still have Netflix “1 out” several months later, and the only problem I have had is one DVD damaged in delivery.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        I’ve never had any of those problems and I’ve been a customer for a while. When I put my account on hold, Netflix immediately stopped billing me, and sent me a notification when my hold was set to expire.

      • pawnblue says:

        There are some people who don’t like chocolate either.

        I think you should try it free if you are really interested. Then you can evaluate the quality yourself.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        The new versions of the PS3 interface are LEAPS AND BOUNDS above where they were this time last year. Roku has even upgraded the interface nicely. If you have a BT keyboard attached to your PS3 or other gaming console, its even easier!

        Yes, their streaming catalog is seriously malleable from day to day and week to week, but most anything they have you can get by disc (and if I send one back I can get it in under 2 days in most situations). I’ve never had a customer service issue, even when the USPS decided to forward my mail 2 weeks early, including some netflix discs.

      • common_sense84 says:

        That makes you kinda dumb. First, who cares about the disks. Download only is 8 bucks.

        Second, the original xbox interface required you to use the computer to queue up movies. That is no longer the case.

        I doubt any device that supports netflix no longer has the search button. And of course you can always still go to the computer and add to queue if you want to browse on the webpage.

  3. TheBkMogul says:

    They are definitely catering to the older demographic with this one. Wonder how much of an uptick this will give it’s stock price.

  4. buzz86us says:

    I wish the starz play stuff wasn’t so blocky (not upscale?) this is playing it on a 19′ monitor 1440 x 900.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I always notice the quality with Starz when it firsts comes on, but then I get used to it and it really doesn’t bother me. I figure that it costs me about…10 cents to stream a movie (based on my monthly fee and the amount of material I watch) and that’s worth dealing with the quality.

    • Zerkaboid says:

      Starz Play is the WORST

    • framitz says:

      I notice that the intro on Starz play is absolutely terrible, but after that it clears up decently for me.

      I am bugged that Starz TV channel refuses to play stating that I don’t meet technical specs required. My systems all exceed the stated minimum requirements.

  5. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    I think one button access is a great idea. But in the end, the original remote function will get programmed into my universal learning remote, and the original remote will get buried in the drawer next to the rest of the OEM remotes.

    Seven remotes is just too many to deal with.

    “Daddy, tell me again how when you were a kid you had to get up to change the channel.”

    • FuzzyWillow says:

      I just bought a harmony 650 yesterday. T

      he first page of the instructions say “Please set aside 45 minutes to configure your remote.”

      Oh Boy…

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        45 minutes is a small price to pay for one remote bliss.

        (I spent one and a half hours yesterday putting together a toy my daughter got for her birthday)

      • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

        You’ll be happy to spend that time, and more, because you can assign any function to any button. You can even program the labels that appear on the screen. It’s very satisfying to put the functions you want where you want them.

      • Silverhawk says:

        I spent more than that setting up my Harmony, but it was well worth it. I truly do use only one remote now.

        That said, a lot of time could be saved by improving their craptastic setup software.

  6. PSUSkier says:

    Hmmm… This is kind of toeing the line for me. I really like Netflix and the way they do business as a whole, but I really don’t think I want a big physical Netflix button on my 3rd party TV remote. That’s a rather small step away from a Netflix splash screen every time I turn on my TV.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I don’t know if it’d be a giant Netflix button, like in the photo. That seems to be a mock up based on a remote that’s has fewer buttons and more open space than any of the remotes I have. The button might just be a smaller red button with the Netflix envelope on it, or the N in Netflix.

    • YOXIM says:

      No, not really. This won’t really be useful for me, as I use my PS3 to watch Netflix. I use the PS3’s Blu-Ray remote, and it works great.

  7. rbb says:

    I want a big red “Easy” button on my remote…

  8. c!tizen says:

    I heard the porn industry is trying to make a similar deal with keyboard makers.

  9. NotEd says:

    Why do I need a Netflix button on my Roku, if that’s what I bought it for to begin with?

  10. framitz says:

    I already hit Netflix with just two button pushes. I’d rather not see this on my remote.

  11. suez says:

    Much as I love Netflix right now, I’m not really thrilled with this idea. I mean, I used to love Blockbuster at one time, too, until they went evil. It seems that most corporations eventually go evil, and then I’m stuck with a big ugly symbol of everything I hate right smack dab in the middle of my remote control long after I’ve canceled my subscription. You know?

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      I feel ya. I don’t know how I’m going to get rid of that ugly and useless “ENRON” button.

  12. chucklebuck says:

    Unless they’re giving these away, removing a button press or two from my life isn’t worth the $25 – $50 these remotes will surely sell for.

  13. Plasmafox says:

    This is not a feature. Netflix-enabled TV’s are good. Advertisements on my remote are not.

  14. Halloween Jack says:

    Needs “Idiocracy” tag.

  15. Extended-Warranty says:

    I love Netflix as much as the next person, but it’s just one more thing that’s destroying our economy so consumers can have stuff they don’t need at low prices.

    The Netflix party ends in 2 years.

  16. jimstoic says:

    I want this for my TiVo, LG, and PS3 remotes.