By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Netflix may be among the most widely-available Internet video services on gadgets like set-top boxes, game consoles, DVRs, and TVs themselves, but what you get has been a Netflix player–you’ve had to find, queue, and otherwise manage stuff you want to watch in a browser on a computer.
Now Internet TV box maker Roku is offering a sneak peak at a software update which will give Roku users apparently comprehensive access to Netflix on the TV, no PC required. Looks pretty slick. (Bonus: I assume that this interface shows only Watch Instantly titles, removing the clutter of movies and TV shows that are available only on DVD.)
Roku says the new Netflix experience will be ready in June; it’ll ship on new Roku boxes and will be a free update for current owners.