Streaming media devices are a good idea, but a better idea is baking those features straight into your TV. While TV manufacturers have been pretty slow about integrating online services with their sets, they've finally started figuring out it's not too tough to add an Ethernet port to their models.
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Unlike a global competitor like Philips, LG Electronics is still trying to make an impact in the North American TV market. It unveiled its version of Internet-enabled TV, called NetCast, last month with four new sets.
Another day, another news item about a TV manufacturer and a streaming-video partner. Yesterday, Mitsubishi announced it was giving away a Vudu Box with the purchase of a TV (most models, at least) for the next month.
Netflix will add 1080p, 5.1-channel surround sound streaming to its online video service later in 2010
[UPDATE: As one of our readers points out below, Netflix will not be adding 1080p this year. Apparently, the feature was mistakenly placed on the 2010 development road map.