Netflix Windows Media Center Interface  (Source:
Only Vista Ultimate and Home Premium can access Netflix service

The movie rental world has changed dramatically over the years. When the movie rental business first started, you had no choice but to go to your local rental store and pick out some movies. Thanks to Netflix, that has changed and movie fans can now get their favorite films via the mail or via online streaming.

Netflix and similar services have proven to be so popular and successful that some of the largest traditional retail rental companies like Blockbuster are struggling to survive. Netflix started offering streaming films via the Xbox and in February boasted that the service now has over a million users on the Xbox.

Today, Microsoft has announced that users of Windows Media Center in Windows Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate can now access the streaming video catalog from Netflix. The streaming Netflix library currently offers 12,000 different films and TV shows that are available for viewing directly on Windows PCs.

A new Netflix tile is available under the TV + Movies section. The service requires a Netflix account and users can click the new Netflix tile to enter their account information. The entire catalog of Netflix streaming films and TV can be browsed from within the Windows Media Center interface. The Netflix Windows Media Center service is powered by Microsoft Silverlight. Users already taking advantage of streaming via the Xbox 360 can use the service under Windows Media Center as well.

All of the functions of the Netflix menu can also be controlled via a Windows Media Center remote, meaning users with HTPC machines connected to their TVs can work the Netflix interface directly from the remote.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation
Related Articles

Copyright 2017 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki