Samsung Streaming HD Netflix

Before you head out Friday morning, (or Thursday night, for that matter) for your Black Friday shopping spree, you might want to put a Samsung Blu-ray player on the top of your list. Aren't we nice — giving you a head-start so you can shop around for the best deals?

Samsung just announced that their two new BD-Live 2.0 Blu-ray players will have access to the ever-growing library of HD content on Netflix. It will require a firmware update, but well worth the minimal effort. According to Samsung, the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 are among the first stand-alone players to connect directly to the Netflix HD library.

Do we have to mention you'll need to connect the player to the Internet? That goes without saying, right? What else does Samsung have to say about this?

"Our state-of-the-art Blu-ray players truly have become the ultimate HD digital entertainment delivery system with the latest support to allow HD streaming from Netflix," said Reid Sullivan, Vice President of Marketing, Audio/Video & Imaging at Samsung Electronics America. "By understanding changing consumer interests, we are making it easier for consumers to experience a vast world of captivating content, instantaneously, all at the touch of a button."

Both players already had access to the standard-def Netflix library, but now, HD is just a few clicks away. When I'm picking my Blu-ray player on Friday, guess which ones I'm leaning towards? —Leslie Shapiro