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CES: Netflix Announces 3D, Super HD Services

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Movie streaming service Netflix (NFLX) has announced its forthcoming Super HD and 3D offerings. They'll soon be part of what is known as the Netflix Open Connect partnership.

The announcement was made at the Consumers Electronics Show, currently underway in Las Vegas.

The 3D service will start small. Here in the U.S., Netflix will offer a few titles including Immortals, snowboarding documentary The Art of Flight, and a number of titles from 3net Studios (the Discovery (DISCA)/ Sony (SNE)/ IMAX (IMAX) joint venture) including the native, original 3D series African Wild, Scary Tales, and Live Fire.

Depending on member demand, Netflix will consider adding 3D titles and expanding availability to international markets.

As for the Super HD half of the announcement, Netflix is somewhat vague. Its press release only states that Netflix Super HD is the highest quality video format offered by Netflix, providing an even better picture on 1080p HDTVs. It should soon be available through some of the company's worldwide Open Connect partners including Cablevision (CVC), Virgin Media, British Telecom (BT), Telmex, Telus (TU), TDC and GVT.

Netflix says subscribers can check and see if its Internet service provider is part of Open Connect and will provide access to their new Super HD and (in the U.S. only) 3D services.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com.

Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.

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