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Netflix Plugin for Windows Media Center

Description

If you're a Netflix subscriber, you definitely going to want Andrew Park's new plug-in for the Vista version of Windows Media Center called MyNetflix. The plug-in lets link up to your Netflix account, view your queue, browse for movies, add movies to your queue, and, of course, watch movies! Using Netflix's streaming service, you can watch movies immediately, without having to wait for discs to come in the mail. Because the plugin relies on certain software in order to work, this only works on Media Center PCs, not extenders (like the Xbox 360) unless you have your PC hooked directly to your TV or have a Netflix "Watch-Now" enabled set top box, which will be out later this year. The plugin is in beta and is available for download here.

The Discussion

  • dovella

    No for Italy Sad

  • dovella

    No for Italy Sad

  • dovella

    No for Italy Sad

  • Paul Corkery

    Getting the Netflix streaming movie feature to work on XBOX360 and other Windows Media Center Extenders would be a TOTAL game changer for both the XBOX 360 and Netflix. With the introduction of the AppleTV "Take Two", the ability to provide this Netflix functionality, along with an elegant podcast subscription mechanism that integrates with Zune store, creates some strong competition in the video delivery marketplace.

    It's unfortunate that XBOX360 backed the wrong pony w/ respect to HD-DVD/Blu-Ray. Nevertheless, I believe consumers are hungry for ON-DEMAND video services that transform the way we consume media. It’s my hope that these services can ‘leapfrog’ the ‘physical media’ (shiny discs) altogether. Combine this type of service w/ the social aspect of XBOX Live and the scenarios create themselves...

    "Recommend movies/tv shows/podcasts to friends/family/co-workers and generate discussions around those media”

    Media consumption is social (Shared View) ~ “Chat over XBOX Live while watching your favorite show with your mother/sister/father/friend/brother who is ½ a world away. They’re not on the couch next to you, but it’s an improvement over not being there at all.”

    … I could go on… but there is work to be done.

  • Paul Corkery

    Getting the Netflix streaming movie feature to work on XBOX360 and other Windows Media Center Extenders would be a TOTAL game changer for both the XBOX 360 and Netflix. With the introduction of the AppleTV "Take Two", the ability to provide this Netflix functionality, along with an elegant podcast subscription mechanism that integrates with Zune store, creates some strong competition in the video delivery marketplace.

    It's unfortunate that XBOX360 backed the wrong pony w/ respect to HD-DVD/Blu-Ray. Nevertheless, I believe consumers are hungry for ON-DEMAND video services that transform the way we consume media. It’s my hope that these services can ‘leapfrog’ the ‘physical media’ (shiny discs) altogether. Combine this type of service w/ the social aspect of XBOX Live and the scenarios create themselves...

    "Recommend movies/tv shows/podcasts to friends/family/co-workers and generate discussions around those media”

    Media consumption is social (Shared View) ~ “Chat over XBOX Live while watching your favorite show with your mother/sister/father/friend/brother who is ½ a world away. They’re not on the couch next to you, but it’s an improvement over not being there at all.”

    … I could go on… but there is work to be done.

  • Paul Corkery

    Getting the Netflix streaming movie feature to work on XBOX360 and other Windows Media Center Extenders would be a TOTAL game changer for both the XBOX 360 and Netflix. With the introduction of the AppleTV "Take Two", the ability to provide this Netflix functionality, along with an elegant podcast subscription mechanism that integrates with Zune store, creates some strong competition in the video delivery marketplace.

    It's unfortunate that XBOX360 backed the wrong pony w/ respect to HD-DVD/Blu-Ray. Nevertheless, I believe consumers are hungry for ON-DEMAND video services that transform the way we consume media. It’s my hope that these services can ‘leapfrog’ the ‘physical media’ (shiny discs) altogether. Combine this type of service w/ the social aspect of XBOX Live and the scenarios create themselves...

    "Recommend movies/tv shows/podcasts to friends/family/co-workers and generate discussions around those media”

    Media consumption is social (Shared View) ~ “Chat over XBOX Live while watching your favorite show with your mother/sister/father/friend/brother who is ½ a world away. They’re not on the couch next to you, but it’s an improvement over not being there at all.”

    … I could go on… but there is work to be done.

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