Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Announcing the Netflix API

We're pleased to announce the availability of the Netflix API. The team has been hard at work on this and we're glad we can finally let people see what we've built. The Netflix API allows access to data for over 100,000 movie and TV episode titles on DVD as well Netflix account access on a member's behalf. The Netflix API gives developers the ability to create new and novel applications using Netflix data for Netflix members or movie fans in general. This API is free to developers and commercial uses are allowed.

Why are we doing this? Because we have limited resources and we can only work on so many items at once. We hope that by opening up our APIs we will enable the creative desires of other developers to make a variety of wonderful applications. We expect to see different movie finding approaches, queue management tools, mobile phone applications, social network applications, the integration of Netflix information and capabilities into a variety of other applications, and more. And that, in the end, will further delight our members and other movie watchers in their quest to find and watch movies they'll love. For more detailed information, see Michael Hart's API blog post on the new Netflix API Developer Portal. You can always reach the developer portal by clicking on the "Developers" link in the footer of any Netflix page or by going directly to http://developer.netflix.com.

8 comments:

  1. Awesome, thanks a lot! I've been really wanting this. We've been having to get the information we want from screen scraping, until now, which of course breaks every time the page changes. Can't wait to try it out.

    Your continued efforts at improvements will keep us loyal customers.

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  2. Can't wait to see what people are going to be doing with this.

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  3. I can think of some interesting uses for this API. Right now I have to do a lot of manual stuff using my browser. Good work Netflix.

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  4. If you are interested in a mobile version of the Netflix API, vote up @ http://blog.pyxismobile.com/2008/10/app-from-scra-1.html. We are having a little contest to determine which internally configured we want to release and support to the public.

    We built the app for an internal contest using the Netflix API and are hoping we can release it publicly given enough interest. We would support BlackBerry and Windows Mobile to start off with iPhone and Android support to follow.

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  5. Hi, if you could pass my name and number on to the right person, I'd really like to talk to someone on your end about our mobile product "QuickFlix". There is a very good chance we will be making it publically available on Monday and it would be great to have some Netflix involvement. I can be reached at 781.997.0300.

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  6. Quick question - all I want to do is randomize my (500 movie) queue. Are there any scripts that currently work to do this easily? Thanks!

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  7. Netflix has a great selection of dvds

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  8. Yawn... call me when they give us an API for their player, that would be real news.

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