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Netflix announced today that they have begun testing Mac video streaming to a small portion of their subscribers, and expects widespread availability by the end of the year.
Netflix, Inc., the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced it has begun the deployment of Microsoft Silverlight to enhance the instant watching component of the Netflix service and to allow subscribers for the first time to watch movies and TV episodes instantly on their Intel-based Apple Macintosh computers. The deployment, which will initially touch a small percentage of new Netflix subscribers, is the first step in an anticipated roll-out of the new platform to all Netflix subscribers by the end of the year.
The streaming service is based on Microsoft's Silverlight technology and will only be available to Intel-based Macs. Netflix has been talking about Mac support for some time now, but appears to be on track to deliver it by year's end.

Netflix is best known for its mail-order DVD rental service but also includes unlimited video streaming with their fixed monthly plans starting at $9/month. Netflix recently expanded their content available for streaming, which also includes a number of television shows as well as movie titles.

Article Link: Netflix Mac Video Streaming Begins Testing
 

wavelayer

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Still glad I got a Roku box. But it will be convenient to check stuff out on the mac once in a while. Now that Starz in in the game, there's quite a selection to choose from.
 
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Mac OS X Ocelot

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Well now I feel like crap. A month ago I told my mom, who loves her NetFlix, that she will soon be able to stream it to her Mac only to find out now that it's only for Intels. That sucks. Can someone else tell her for me? I got her hopes up so high.
 
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synth3tik

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Well that sucks I wait all this time only to find out I would have to install Silverlight.

That mixed with the fact the the last 6 DVDs I got were scratched makes me no like netflix anymore.

bunch of bastards.

"Sorry your disc was unplayable, we have shipped out a replacement (that is also scratched) for you"

errrr:mad:
 
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swingerofbirch

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Pretty cool...my parents subscribe to netflix and have a roku box that is pretty fun actually...so now i'll be able to take advantage of the service on my mac too...streaming makes a lot more sense than buying to me....have you gone to the HD gallery on Hulu...it streams beautifully in 720p and no space on my hard disk is eaten up...
 
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MrCrowbar

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Well now I feel like crap. A month ago I told my mom, who loves her NetFlix, that she will soon be able to stream it to her Mac only to find out now that it's only for Intels. That sucks. Can someone else tell her for me? I got her hopes up so high.

Use BootCamp. Oh wait...
Use Parallels or VMWare... damn

Face it, the PPC is getting old. A G4 Mac can't really handle H.264 or anything High Def anyway so it wouldn't be fun even trying.
 
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Supermacguy

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M$ again

Silverlight sucks. Microsoft sucks. I won't install that to watch netflix. I'll keep on getting the DVDs.
 
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dernhelm

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Silverlight sucks. Microsoft sucks. I won't install that to watch netflix. I'll keep on getting the DVDs.

OK - you're "supermacguy" so I will cut you a little slack, but this is Apple doing, no one else's. So first off, Silverlight does not suck. Silverlight is actually a very nice developent environment. It won't ever surpass Flash for marketshare or anything, but it does have one thing that Flash and Apple's QT/iTunes do not, and that is DRM capabilities that a third party can license.

Like it or not, that is a requirement for NetFlix, and it is something that Apple could've fixed long ago - but Apple doesn't want Netflix competition on movie rentals/sales, so it isn't available.

Kudos to NetFlix for working around it with Silverlight to give Mac users a closer to first class experience. It's also a little gutsy since Silverlight is still pretty dripping wet (even on the Windows side) but they really aren't stressing the capabilities too badly here, so I bet it works OK.
 
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DakotaGuy

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This is a good thing no matter what software it uses. So Silverlight is made by Microsoft? Not a big deal to me. I have Office on my Mac and already have Silverlight installed. I get Blu-rays on Netflix, but for movies that are less popular I use the on-line service on my PC laptop. It works ok, but in the evenings when a lot of people are using the service it seems to bog down. I hope they address their server issues and make sure they are ready to serve a new chunk of subscribers when the Mac service goes on-line.
 
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wavelayer

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Well now I feel like crap. A month ago I told my mom, who loves her NetFlix, that she will soon be able to stream it to her Mac only to find out now that it's only for Intels. That sucks. Can someone else tell her for me? I got her hopes up so high.

Get her a Roku for xmas:)
 
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commander.data

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What does Netflix on Windows currently use? I don't believe it's Silverlight since they don't list it in the requirements, maybe Flash or just WMP? If it's WMP I can understand them using Silverlight since WMP isn't available for Mac and Flip4Mac doesn't do DRM. But if it's Flash, I wonder why they don't just stick with it. Given the lack of PPC support they are probably using Silverlight 2.0 rather than Silverlight 1.0 which was PPC compatible.
 
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synth3tik

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DVD Player and VLC work fine.. ;)

Well DVD play is an Apple product, and VLC does not have streaming support (at least I don't think it does), however I think it was kind of weak for netflix to blame Apple. I am sure they could have gotten something done with quicker without blaming.
 
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Keleko

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What does Netflix on Windows currently use? I don't believe it's Silverlight since they don't list it in the requirements, maybe Flash or just WMP? If it's WMP I can understand them using Silverlight since WMP isn't available for Mac and Flip4Mac doesn't do DRM. But if it's Flash, I wonder why they don't just stick with it. Given the lack of PPC support they are probably using Silverlight 2.0 rather than Silverlight 1.0 which was PPC compatible.

They've been using WMP. Now that they're switching to Silverlight it might even work on Linux, too.
 
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BlairMALL

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Best of both mediocre worlds

Silverlight sucks. Microsoft sucks. I won't install that to watch netflix. I'll keep on getting the DVDs.

With Netflix you can do both! I still get the DVDs, and switch over to windows via parallels to watch online during those crazy shipping moments. It's quite cool. I don't know if Silverlight is any worse than switching over to windows to watch a film. I can't wait to watch on my mac.

Blair
 
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Malcster

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Well DVD play is an Apple product, and VLC does not have streaming support (at least I don't think it does), however I think it was kind of weak for netflix to blame Apple. I am sure they could have gotten something done with quicker without blaming.

VLC supports lots of streaming options.

This is due to Apple because they won't license the FairPlay DRM out to anyone, so they use Silverlights DRM functionality.
 
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synth3tik

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VLC supports lots of streaming options.

This is due to Apple because they won't license the FairPlay DRM out to anyone, so they use Silverlights DRM functionality.

I know Apple won't license their DRM and I am all for that, but this delay was not caused by Apple.

Finding out the VLC can stream video leaves another ave. that netflix could have taken, I just don't like that we wait this long and they say it is totally Apple fault.
 
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iSee

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who cares?

Who cares if it uses Silverlight, as long as it works?
 
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Freis968

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So, the announcement seems quite vague, only a few lucky Netflix subscribers are able to do this until the end of the year when it becomes available? How do you get chosen to participate? I have been looking forward to this feature since I became a Netflix subscriber one month ago!
 
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