Your Next Remote May Feature A Dedicated Netflix Button

Briefly: There is a growing roster of Netflix-enabled devices available to consumers, and at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Netflix is announcing a "a development effort to place Netflix-branded one-click buttons on remotes that operate Internet connected TVs, Blu-ray disc players and other devices that connect the Internet to the TV."

A press release from the company are planned to be situated prominently on remote controls that operate certain new Blu-ray disc players from a variety of companies including Best Buy's in-house Dynex brand, Haier, Memorex, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba.  Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba also will place the Netflix one-click button on remote controls for select new Internet-connected TVs.  Remote controls for the Boxee, Iomega and Roku set-top boxes also will feature the Netflix one-click remote." Kind of a small thing, in some ways, but it's one more demonstration of how the video distribution landscape is dramatically changing. Blockbuster was a giant, but it never got into homes like this.