Netflix: 80% of streaming content will have subtitles by end of 2011

Netflix said its planning to add subtitles to 80 percent of its content library by the end of 2011, although the service won't be available on all devices.

Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt said some 30 percent of current instant watch titles--about 3,500 TV episodes and movies--already are subtitled, and said more would be added each week. Netflix already has subtitles on all non-English content.

Devices that support subtitles include: PCs and Macs, Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, GoogleTV, and the Boxee Box. Hunt said he anticipates Roku and the Xbox 360 will support subtitles later this year, adding that most new Netflix ready devices released this summer or later will support subtitles.

Last April, Netflix began captioning some title in response to consumer requests. At the time, they were available only on a few pieces of content and only for PCs and Mac. "We now have released the technology, and we will be working to fill in the library over time," he said.

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