E3 news is assaulting like a storm with torrential rains. One of the bigger announcements was the partnership between Microsoft and Netflix which was revealed at the Microsoft E3 press event. Details have been revealed to X3F and others at a community briefing about how this future feature will work.
First, to connect one’s Netflix account to their Xbox Live account, customers will enter a keycode via Netflix.com that’ll link the two accounts together. Then, once linked, the Netflix.com queue will instantly appear on the Xbox 360 allowing instant access to the movies. Want to change your movie queue? Simply update your movie queue online and within’ 10 seconds, your Xbox 360’s Netflix list will update. A very slick process indeed.
Other Netflix details we were able to learn from the Community Briefing was confirmation that only SD videos would be offered and streamed to the console (not downloaded) as the system analyzes which bitrate is the best fit for your connection. Up to eight friends can watch a movie together BUT they all must be Netflix subscribers. Finally, we were informed that Netflix’s servers would handle all movie streaming and that they’ll significantly upgrade their infrastructure before the Fall release.
This is quite exciting how this feature should seamlessly work with your Xbox 360. This is a welcome change since most people do not want to sit in front of their computers to take advantage of the watch it now feature. Hopefully, they will be able to deliver high definition content in the future.