Friday, October 31, 2008

Opt-in for the new Netflix movie player

Hi, Brent here with an update on our new player for the Mac and PC. We're past the first phase of our beta already, so I'd like to give you a chance to join in. But before doing so you need to consider the following:
  • There may be bugs. We are logging all errors, but if you run into problems you can help out by posting details here in the blog comments.
  • Not all movies are available to watch with Silverlight. You may notice errors or lower than normal quality when watching certain titles.
  • Our new player works on PCs and Intel-based Macs.
  • Windows users should be aware that if you opt in, you will need to use Silverlight on all the machines you use to watch instantly.
Once you get up and running check out some of our newest content. We recently added a lot more movies, as well as recent episodes of many TV shows including Heroes, CSI and NCIS. You’ll find all these movies & TV episodes under the “Watch Instantly” tab of the website.

So here’s the opt-in link:
www.netflix.com/silverlightoptin

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Netflix Partners with TiVo

Continuing with partner news, we’re pleased to announce TiVo as our latest partner. In December, TiVo Series3, TiVo HD, and TiVo HD XL subscribers who are also Netflix subscribers will be able to stream over 12,000 choices of movies and TV episodes from Netflix to their TV. We’re starting testing with several thousand TiVo owners now and we will let you know when the capability is broadly available in December.

Monday, October 27, 2008

An upgrade to watch instantly on your PC – and Mac!

Hi, Brent here with some exciting news - today we started testing a new player for watching instantly. Based on Microsoft Silverlight, the new player works on PCs and Intel-based Macs and includes some nice new features such as faster startup and adaptive stream switching. We’re testing it with a small percentage of new Netflix members so that we can conduct a thorough analysis before rolling it out broadly. Rollout to all Mac users will happen as soon as we're done with the testing, then we'll roll out to all users by the end of the year. I’ll let you know the moment that happens.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Netflix Partners with Samsung


Hello, Steve Swasey here, Netflix VP of Corporate Communications.

We've said for several months that we have a fourth partner joining Roku, LG Electronics and Microsoft Xbox 360 to instantly stream movies from Netflix to your TV. Early this morning we announced it's Samsung.

The Samsung BD-P2550 and BD-P2500 Blu-ray disc players enable instant streaming of more than 12,000 choices of movies and TV episodes from Netflix to your TV. Of course you can use these sleek Blu-ray players to watch Blu-ray discs and upconvert standard def DVDs.

The BD-P2550 and BD-P2500 are currently available at $399.99. If you already own one you can upgrade it at no additional cost. The upgrade is available at http://www.samsung.com/bluraysupport.

Enjoy the instant watching!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

LG Electronics Blu-ray player now in stores

The LG Electronics BD-300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player is now appearing on store shelves. Best Buy and Circuit City are among the many retailers carrying the product.

In addition to playing high definition Blu-ray discs and upscaling the picture quality of standard DVDs, it instantly streams movies & TV episodes from Netflix to your TV. LG's BD-300 is the first Blu-ray player to support instant streaming from Netflix. For details, see LG's product microsite at http://us.lge.com/bluray/

Netflix is excited to see the second Netflix ready device reach consumers, and we look forward to sharing more product releases with you in the future.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Price change for access to Blu-ray movies

Hi, Jessie Teitz here, VP of Marketing. This message is for everyone who rents Blu-ray movies from Netflix. You might have heard that we've been talking about changing our prices for Blu-ray movies because they cost more than standard DVDs. To make up for this significant cost difference, we've decided to charge a little bit more for those who want to rent Blu-ray movies. On November 5th, we'll start charging an extra $1 a month for Blu-ray access. For our members on unlimited plans, $1 a month for unlimited access to Blu-ray movies is a great value. We have more than 800 Blu-ray titles, and growing, for you to enjoy as part of your Netflix subscription. We think you'll agree, a $1 increase in your monthly subscription is pretty modest for you to enjoy this compelling format. If you don't want to pay $1 more a month for access to Blu-ray movies, simply remove the Blu-ray access on your account and your monthly subscription cost will stay the same. I look forward to reading your comments. Thanks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

New content to watch instantly

Hi, Brent here with some news about movies & TV episodes that are available to watch instantly. Today we announced an agreement with Starz Play that adds around 1,000 choices that you can watch instantly today, and will add another 1,500 by the end of the year. Movies include “No Country for Old Men”, “Ratatouille,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Superbad,” and more. You can see all the newly available choices here.

Recently we also added a lot of new CBS, Disney and NBC TV episodes including of CSI, NCIS, Numbers, Jericho, Hannah Montana and Heroes.

You can watch these online on your PC or your TV via a Netflix ready device. Netflix ready devices include the Netflix Player by Roku, which is available now, the LG BD300 Blu-ray Network player, which will be available in a few days, or the Xbox 360, which will instantly stream movies from Netflix later this fall. And, for all of you Mac users (of which I am one) we’ve been busy working getting a solution that will allow you to watch instantly on your Mac. So hang in there - we’ll have something for you by the end of the year.

Enjoy the new stuff, and let us know what you think.