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Netflix to Subtitle 80% of Streams by End of 2011

28 Feb, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Netflix said it expects to have 80% of its streaming content available with subtitles by the end of the year.

Neil Hunt, chief product officer with the Los Gatos, Calif.-based online disc rental pioneer, said the service offers about 3,500 TV shows with subtitles, or 30% of its streaming catalog.

The CPO said streaming subtitles are supported on PCs and Macs, Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, Google TV and the Boxee Box.

Netflix created a new page (http://movies.netflix.com/subtitles) on the website that allows users to determine which shows ands movies have subtitles. Those that do have access to subtitles are outlined on the program’s detail page.

“We expect that Roku and Xbox 360 will support subtitles later this year,” Hunt wrote in a blog post. “Most new Netflix-ready devices released this summer or later will support subtitles.”

Netflix streaming is available on more than 200 consumer electronics devices, including connected Blu-ray Disc players.