Netflix recently made the move and offered a set top box (The Netflix Player) to stream their content. Now Kodak, a company that has been synonymous with photography as long as I can remember, is jumping in. My initial reaction: this thing will fail like the Microsoft web box you connected to your TV – that was Microsoft right? The Kodak Theatre HD Player (not a good name) will allow users to view photos from a variety of sources including the Kodak Gallery, as well as Flickr and many other popular photo sharing services (it connects to your homes network by WiFi or Ethernet). Additionally, users will be able to access streaming content from You Tube and perhaps (not confirmed or denied) sites of a similar ilk. The box will be operated via the included remote control and get as good as 720p, not 1080i.
The Kodak Theatre HD Player hit stores September 2008 and cost $300. You can preorder it from Amazon today.