Did we know this was coming? Not that you can’t view Netflix on myriad of other devices and HDTV’s, but now they have provided Microsoft with exclusive console rights to their streaming service on the Xbox 360. And how fitting that this news should arrive on the same day that the Xbox Live update enhances the NetFlix portion of service. Here’s some words from someone more important than me:
This exclusive partnership offers you the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via Xbox 360. Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience, available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also Netflix unlimited plan subscribers**, at no additional cost.
From the Netflix Web site, simply add movies and TV episodes to your instant Queue, which will appear automatically on the TV screen via Xbox 360. Once selected, movies will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds. In addition to instantly streaming Netflix movies to the TV, Xbox LIVE Gold members can browse and rate movies, fast-forward, pause and rewind, all using either their Xbox 360 Controller or Universal remote.
I’m gonna go and download that update right now. I have no direct feelings in regards to this corporate merger, but I will say that I love instant streaming. FYI, your queue maxes out at 500 movies just so you know.