Showing posts with label facebook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label facebook. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Introducing Netflix Social

Movies and TV shows are better with friends.

We get suggestions from our friends for new things to watch and we connect with our friends through the shared enjoyment of a great movie or TV show.

Starting today, Netflix members in the U.S. can share their favorite shows and movies on Netflix with friends by connecting to Facebook and agreeing to share.

By default, sharing will only happen on Netflix. You'll see what titles your friends have watched in a new “Watched by your friends” row and what they have rated four or five stars in a new “Friends’ Favorites” row. Your friends will also be able to see what you watch and rate highly.

Watch this video for a full demonstration.

You are in control of what gets shared. You can choose not to share a specific title by clicking the “Don't Share This” button in the player. You can also visit your “Social Settings” in “Your Account” on to turn on additional sharing to Facebook or stop sharing altogether.

We will be adding the ability to turn on these features for our US members over the coming days, so keep an eye out for them. All U.S. Netflix members will have access to the social features by the end of this week.

Sharing movies and TV with friends online is still a new experience and we will continue to experiment and improve our social features over the coming months and years.


Cameron Johnson is director of product innovation at Netflix

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Watch this now: Netflix & Facebook

We’ve talked about it coming, and it’s finally here: the Netflix/Facebook integration, which for now will be exclusively for Netflix members in Canada and Latin America.

I’m Tom Willerer from the product team and I'm excited to announce that today at Facebook’s f8 event in San Francisco we demonstrated how Netflix members will be able to connect their accounts to Facebook.

Facebook has always made it easy to discover great things through your friends. We want to make streaming from Netflix a more social experience and through the new optional Facebook connection, Netflix makes it possible for you to connect with your friends over TV series and movies online.

The Netflix/Facebook integration empowers you as a Netflix member to share what you watch from Netflix with your friends on Facebook and to discover what your friends are watching both on Facebook and within the Netflix user interface. This makes it easier and more fun to find new television series and movies to watch.

This new feature will be available before the end of September to Netflix members outside the U.S. We won’t yet enable it for U.S. members due to a 1980s law that creates some confusion over our ability to allow U.S. members to share what they watch. (You can read more about that in my colleague’s Michael Drobac’s blog post.)

As soon as the feature is enabled, you will see an option in the Netflix user interface to connect to Facebook. After connecting your Netflix account to Facebook, you will see what your friends are watching on any device that streams from Netflix, provided your friends are also connected.

Note that nothing will be shared unless you choose to connect your account to Facebook and sharing can be turned off at any time.

Here’s a look at what the Netflix/Facebook experience will be like for our members in Canada and Latin America (click on the previews below to see a larger image):



I hope you enjoy the Facebook integration as much as we do.

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.