Watch movies/TV shows instantly on your PC

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News Posted: Thu, May 21 2009 10:32 AM
Microsoft took a gigantic leap into online entertainment this week with a new partnership with Netflix, the online/mail-order movie rental service.

More than 12,000 movies and television episodes from Netflix can now be watched immediately on a PC that has Windows Media Center and runs Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate.

Of course, you have to be a Netflix member first, but once you are, all you have to do is launch your Windows Media Center and click on the "Netflix" tile under "TV+Movies" to start watching streaming movies and TV shows. The primary advantage, Microsoft says, is that viewers won't have to jump from Hulu to CBS.com to wherever else they get their online entertainment; it's all in one spot.

WMC also will allow users to search the Netflix library, manage their instant and their DVD queues and filter their searches to include only titles available for instant viewing, as well as by the Netflix recommended category lists.

The Netflix interface also works with WMC-compatible remote controls. It's the second major entertainment addition to WMC this year - in March, Sports Channel was launched, giving users the ability to access interactive sports content from CBSSports.com, FOX Sports and MSNBC.com, among others.

In a press release, Craig Eisler, Microsoft's corporate vice president of entertainment client software for the TV, Video and Music Business Group, said,

We're continuing to work with the top content providers today to make watching TV on the PC a mainstream experience for the future. Consumers understand that content is the driving force when it comes to experiences, and with Netflix, we're underscoring our broader commitment to deliver a rich experience with Windows Media Center.

It's Microsoft's second collaboration with Netflix, having already made a deal to allow Xbox 360 owners to upgrade to an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership to access these movies and TV shows. So if you're a gamer and don't have Vista, you still have a way to get access to all these videos.
 
 
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This works great on Xbox 360, so I'm sure it will work fine on PC too.  Of course Microsoft requires you to have the most expensive Windows versions.

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, May 21 2009 2:42 PM

I just wish Netflix would expand their content offering for the instant queue.

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Not much in the way of new releases in that Instant queue, are there!

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Also, the watch instantly menu needs work.

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, May 22 2009 12:12 AM

Nope and they could make a killing if there were. Must be a licensing/cost reason.

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NETFLIX not what you hoped for? Perhaps you should try NETPIX instead (read HERE)!

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