Thread: Netflix Rant
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Old 01-15-11, 11:56 PM   #11
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Default Re: Netflix Rant

Originally Posted by six_storm View Post
I've made a few changes in my life recently and one of them was to "go legit" on how I got my movies and home entertainment. So, I decided to sign back up for Netflix (it's been a few years) since it was the popular choice. I was real surprised at the selection Netflix had online, both what I could watch on my laptop/PC or order on DVD via mail.

Wifey wanted to watch a movie earlier today and we decided to watch it on the home theater.

First attempt: Watch on the HTPC. I currently run the latest version of XBMC Live but quickly found that there was no free way of watching Netflix movies on XBMC. The only real solution is PlayOn and that costs money. No go.

Second attempt: Sony Blu-Ray Player. We've never used this BR player to watch Netflix so I was expecting that we could surf the Netflix library and watch any movie available that we could on the PC. No. You have to get on your PC, add movies to the "Instant Queue", then play it on the BR player. WTF?

Is Netflix really this un-developed? I really like the selection of movies and TV shows available to stream on my laptop, but why can't I do the same on my HTPC or BR Player? Setting this on my my BR Player is a little complicated for my wife since she was used to using the HTPC (pick a movie poster and hit Select to play the movie).

Is there something I'm missing here?
Put a linux distro onto a thumb drive and plug that into your HTPC. I've always just ran a regular OS for HT so that you can play games, watch movies, and surf the web as expected.

As for your BR player I think any player is like that. Hard to say who's side that falls under. Netflix would probably just prefer to use their web page to do it, but your player doesn't have that functionality. It might take a lot of work for them to incorporate all of the things they want, and I'm wondering if things like search would work well on a player or not. Imagine having to try to type in the name of a movie with the arrows on your remote...
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