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Netflix Announces Boot Camp-Free Streaming for Mac

Ironic, isn’t it? Netflix is finally adding Mac support to its “Watch Instantly” video-streaming service–and we have Microsoft to thank for it. This morning, the online DVD rental pioneer began rolling out a second-generation streaming media player that includes support for Intel-based Macs, and the Firefox Web browser as well. Making it all possible: Silverlight, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Flash substitute. With its Play Ready digital rights management, Silverlight allows Netflix (NFLX) to copy-protect streamed content on Mac, something the company had been unable to do because of the lack of a studio-sanctioned Mac DRM scheme beyond Apple’s own, which the Mac maker–of, course–refuses to license.

Netflix’s second-generation player will initially be offered to a small group of subscribers before being made widely available to all those with Intel-based Macs by the end of the year. That means 12,000+ titles available for streaming without having to bother with Boot Camp or other virtualization programs.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work