What Microsoft Does Not Want You To Know About Netflix Streaming

Opinion - Earlier this week, Microsoft and Netflix announced that movie streaming will be coming to the Xbox 360. This could be a big deal. But if you are really interested in watching Netflix content on your Xbox, you don’t have to wait and you don’t have to pay twice. If you have an Xbox 360 and a Windows Vista PC, you have everything you need to stream Netflix movies already.

When the Netflix announcement was made, I was sitting in a coffee shop with a friend and learned of the announcement via my cellphone RSS feed. I couldn’t help laughing : Are they serious ? I personally have been streaming Netflix movies for a while now, and I pay nothing for it, except for my Netflix subscription.

Utilizing freeware, and Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate you can be streaming Netflix in less than 20 minutes with no fees. This was announced over a month ago by Adam Pash of Lifehacker.com, and some of us have even been able to stream video using a modified original Xbox.

Yes, I know, Netflix is another tool for Microsoft to pitch their fee-based Xbox Live Gold subscription to you. But it is somewhat ridiculous on Microsoft’s part to act as though they have stumbled upon some miracle. Why would someone want to pay for a service that has been readily available for use ? It’s a prime example of a corporation merely taking advantage of the public with an attempt to charge for something that should be available to customers for free.

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  • MKeeper
    And what about people out there who don't have Windows Vista? Tell you what ... I'll go one better .. what about those people who don't even own a home computer??

    You might want to wake up to the fact that there are some people who actually own a games console but are not techie geeks, and don't want to spend hours setting up their own home-streaming system.

    My sister doesn't even own a computer and I'm sure she would love to be able to stream movies straight to her TV through her XBox 360!

    Also .. why should Microsoft always be offering these services for free?

    Someone at Microsoft has to sit down and write the code to make this happen .. I seriously doubt that you managed to get it all set up and running during a quiet lunch break!
    They are going to the effort of bringing a new, value added service .. why does everything think that Microsoft should go around giving everything away???

    The freeware mentality is great if you are a computer expert, or if you have a thriving community.. but industry simply doesnt' work like that!
    I would have thought a journalist from a respectable publisher would have more common sense!
  • Anonymous
    What you guys are not getting about this netflix streaming thing is: a lot of people with an xbox 360 do not have a windows vista PC setup and some who do have that do not care about networking the two of them together. This solution allows people who do not know what they are doing to pay for microsoft to do the work for them. You guys are really railing at the fact that there are so many consumers out there who are not tech savvy. Good luck trying to change that.