Microsoft and Netflix are going to be joining forces, and it’s going to benefit us Xbox Live and Netflix subscribers. You are going to be able to stream more than 10,000 movies and t.v. episodes via Xbox live right onto your t.v. And it’s not going to cost you anymore than you are already paying. And even better, you can now watch your Netflix movies with friends via Xbox live. Anyone in your party can watch a movie with you from their couch, while you’re on yours. Looks to be projected for late fall.
Xbox 360 will be the only system that Netflix will be partnering with, and the library will be growing and growing as time goes on.
“Watching movies at home will never be the same. Netflix on Xbox 360 is an entertainment first, and we are bringing friends together with the best in entertainment content like no other device in the living room,” said John Schappert, corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment LIVE, Software and Services Business at Microsoft. “We are creating a completely new social entertainment experience, and Xbox 360 will be the only video game system where you can access your library of instantly streamable movies from Netflix and turn any room into a virtual movie theater.”
From the Netflix Web site, members simply add movies and TV episodes to their individual instant Queues. Those choices will be automatically displayed on the TV screen via Xbox 360 and available to watch instantly. Once selected, movies will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds. In addition to instantly streaming movies to the TV, Xbox LIVE Gold members can fast-forward, pause and rewind, all using either their Xbox 360 Controller or Media Remote. In all, the user interface creates a highly personalized experience that puts viewers in control.
“Netflix and Xbox 360 are a perfect combination, the leading online movie rental service and the leading games and entertainment system joining forces to create an all-in-one entertainment experience with content for everyone,” said Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO of Netflix. “For Netflix, it represents an important step forward in making instantly streaming movies on the TV more broadly available to our members.”