Showing posts with label Instant Watching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Instant Watching. Show all posts

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Movies for LGBT Pride Month

One of the most entertaining ways to celebrate LGBT Pride Month is by watching some of the fabulous LGBT movies and TV shows here on Netflix, all available to watch instantly.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Weekend, the surprisingly tender and honest story of a one-night stand that stretches into an eye, and heart, opening weekend for two Englishmen.

For a look at young love this side of the pond, the festival darling Latter Days follows the unexpectedly romantic story of two West Hollywood neighbors – one a conservative Mormon missionary, the other an unapologetic party boy. Keep a close eye out for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s memorable cameo.

Another “opposites attract” story, the critically acclaimed WWII drama Aimee and Jaguar chronicles the doubly forbidden relationship between a female Jewish journalist and a Nazi officer’s wife in bomb-riddled 1943 Berlin.

Also one to watch is the subtle and moving A Marine Story, inspired by the true “don’t ask, don’t tell” experiences of women discharged from the US military. Dreya Weber delivers a pitch-perfect performance as a female soldier returning home from Iraq who finds meaning mentoring a troubled teenage girl preparing for boot camp.

Switching from combat boots to stilettos…before there was RuPaul’s Drag Race, there was Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning – the seminal documentary chronicling the raucous underground ball scene in New York City in the late 80’s. At times hilarious, and other times heartbreaking, the film offers an unprecedented and unmatched glimpse into a tight-knit and multi-faceted world of queer expression that defiantly sashayed in the face of adversity.

That adversity is at the core of the hard-hitting documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, which examines how religious texts have been used to advocate against gay & lesbian rights – by spiritual leaders to their congregations, by governments to their citizens, by parents to their children. It’s an emotional and at times painful film that reminds us to be proud of how far we’ve come, yet also to remember how far we have still to go.

These are just a few of the fantastic LGBT movies that you can watch instantly on Netflix right now. And look out for more new LGBT movies in the coming months!

Tamara Rothenberg and Brian Kendig, Indie Content Acquisition

Monday, November 7, 2011

Breaking Bad Available in Canada

AMC's Emmy award winning Breaking Bad is now available for our members in Canada! This show is one of the most requested series by our Canadian members and is a huge favorite among TV critics as well. Who knew that it could be so entertaining to watch a high school chemistry teacher become a meth dealer to secure his family's financial future? Hope you all enjoy discovering this fantastic series.

Erik Barmack, director of content acquisition

Monday, January 17, 2011

Removing "Add to DVD Queue" from Streaming Devices

Hi there, it’s Jamie Odell, director of product management at Netflix, with an update for members who add DVDs to their Queue from the device they use to watch instantly. We’re removing the “Add to DVD Queue” option from streaming devices. We’re doing this so we can concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly. Further, providing the option to add a DVD to your Queue from a streaming device complicates the instant watching experience and ties up resources that are better used to improve the overall streaming functionality. This change does not impact the Netflix Web site, where most members manage their DVD Queues.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Netflix now available on your iPhone and iPod touch

Jamie Odell, director of product management, here. We hinted at a free Netflix App for the iPhone and iPod touch in April, announced it in June and I’m happy to share that it is available now! If you want to instantly watch TV episodes and movies on your iPhone or iPod touch, all you need to do is get the free Netflix App from the App Store at and have a Netflix membership starting at $8.99 a month. What’s the first thing you’ll watch via your iPhone or iPod touch.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Recent Site Change

We've recently made a slight change to the Netflix Web site to highlight movies and TV episodes you can watch instantly on your TV or computer. When you visit the first tab you’ll see is “Watch Instantly” followed by the “Browse DVDs” tab. As always, you use these tabs to browse movies and TV episodes you’d like to watch instantly or receive on DVD in the mail.

Using the “Watch Instantly” tab, just find something you want to watch, click Play and the movie will start on your computer, often in as little as 30 seconds. Or, you can click “Add to Instant Queue,” which immediately puts the title in your instant Queue for you to watch any time on your TV via a Netflix ready device like the Xbox 360, PS3, Blu-ray disc players by LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony, and Insignia, the Roku, or TiVo, or on internet connected TVs by LG Electronics and Sony. DVDs and Blu-ray discs continue to be easily found and added to your Queue using the “Browse DVDs” tab. We’ve also moved the “Friends” link from the top of the home page to the bottom.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Instant watching on Mac, Firefox, and more

Hey, all. I'm Steve, responsible for the instant watching feature on our site.

First, I just wanted to say thanks for all of the comments and feedback you've already posted. I've read everything, and look forward to hearing more of your ideas.

Next, as my first post, I wanted to answer a couple of your questions about Mac, Firefox and beyond.

Bottom line: we're committed to giving all of our members access to our instant watching feature. Both Mac and Firefox are on the list. Also, many of you have seen our public statements that we're bringing Netflix to the TV in 2008. I can't say anything more specific about that, except to note how excited I am about what we're working on.

In the meantime, here's a little more regarding Mac and Firefox. While Boot Camp and virtualization programs work great for watching movies instantly on an Intel Mac, I know that's not the solution we all want (ps - I've been a Mac user since the days of the 128K Mac, and many of us at Netflix use them at work and at home.) So here's the deal:

A key issue for delivering movies online is that the studios require use of DRM (Digital Rights Management) to protect titles. And that's our holdup for the Mac - there's not yet a studio-sanctioned, publicly-available Mac DRM solution (Apple doesn't license theirs). I can promise you that, when an approved solution becomes available for the Mac, we'll be there. I'll also say that Silverlight 1.1 looks like a promising candidate - but that its DRM isn't likely to be fully available until 2008.

Firefox for Windows is a different issue, and one we hope to address by early 2008. An upcoming version of our movie viewer will support Firefox as well as some new features, and I'll post more on that as we get closer to deployment.

Another comment I hear frequently is about the selection of titles available right now for instant watching. Two things on that:

First, the majority of the studios’ content is committed to traditional broadcast channels for the next several years. As a result, Netflix, Apple, Amazon,, and everyone else delivering movies online have access to far less content than what’s available on DVD. That said, we’re working closely with the studios to expand content for electronic delivery, and even today we have more than any other electronic delivery service I'm aware of. We're continually adding new choices - we're up to over 4,500 movies and TV episodes this week - and that growth will accelerate into next year.

Also, besides some really great movies and shows from the full catalog, we're starting to receive newer content and exclusives. The Office was a big hit with our viewers over the past month or so. Pan's Labyrinth and several other recent releases will be out this month, with more to come this fall. We have a special preview of Californication, a new Showtime series with David Duchovny, available right now (btw - adults only recommended for that one). There will be lots more where those came from.

So, we hear you: get you to the Mac, Firefox, and the TV. Get you more great movies and TV shows. We're listening, and we're taking action. Thanks, everyone. Keep the comments and questions coming, and let me know what you'd like to hear more about.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Discussion Thread: Instant Watching

Got ideas? Yes, we've heard about your overwhelming desire for a Mac-based availablity. We know it gets better the more movie titles that are available. Here's a place you can tell Steve about your hopes and dreams...