Goodbye Netflix DVD Mailers …

Published on November 3, 2008
by John Paczkowski

Mac users interested in availing themselves of Netflix’s (NFLX) “Watch Instantly” feature in advance of its general rollout can now do so here without having to rely on Boot Camp or Parallels. All that’s needed is an Intel Mac that supports the Microsoft Silverlight browser plugin on which the player is based and a willingness to accept the terms of the public beta.

  • There may be bugs. We are logging all errors, but if you run into problems you can help out by posting details here in the blog comments.
  • Not all movies are available to watch with Silverlight. You may notice errors or lower than normal quality when watching certain titles.
  • Our new player works on PCs and Intel-based Macs.
  • Windows users should be aware that if you opt in, you will need to use Silverlight on all the machines you use to watch instantly.

I’ve been running the player since Wednesday of last week in Safari and have found it to be pretty slick. The fast-forward feature, which uses three screens within a screen, is a particularly nice touch. The video quality isn’t as high as that offered by Hulu, Amazon, or iTunes, but it’s definitely very watchable. So watchable, in fact, that I sent all my Netflix DVDs back last Thursday and haven’t requested another since. …

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