Thursday, September 22, 2011

Help us Bring Facebook Sharing to Netflix USA

I'm Michael Drobac, director of Government Relations at Netflix. My colleague Tom Willerer shared with you our announcement from today’s Facebook f8 event in San Francisco, CA that Netflix members in Canada and Latin America will be able to connect their accounts to Facebook. See Tom’s post for more detail.

Unfortunately, we will not be offering this feature in the U.S. because a 1980’s law creates some confusion over our ability to let U.S. members automatically share the television shows and movies they watch with their friends on Facebook. We’ll continue to look at these issues and find ways to bring you the easy, convenient and quality experiences you have come to expect, including ways to automatically share with your friends on Facebook.

The good news, however, is that some forward-thinking members of Congress have introduced legislation, H.R. 2471, that would allow you to make this choice. We’ve got some big supporters in Congress, including Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Howard Coble, Jim Sensenbrenner, Zoe Lofgren, Linda Sanchez, John Conyers, Henry Waxman, Darrell Issa, Judy Chu, Loretta Sanchez, Lee Terry and Sue Myrick but we can use more.

If you want the choice to share with your friends, please email congress to urge them to pass this modernizing legislation.