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Xbox 360 Netflix streaming: The official way is better

In response to TG Daily's article about Netflix Xbox 360 streaming, HEXUS.gaming examine it more closely.

"Whilst she's right in the fact that the service is available for free (if you already have Windows Vista and Vista media center that is - I don't), what she neglected to point out was how the official service is far easier than the current method, so for many there is still an advantage in upgrading to an Xbox live Gold account."

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Capt CHAOS3717d ago (Edited 3717d ago )

NOT EVERYONE has Vista or gives a flying fridge about media center. All they want is a better movie download and play on the 360 and this does what it says on the tin..

beavis4play3717d ago

1. you have a netflix sub.?
2 connect your pc to your tv.
3. now you can watch the "instant play" movies on your tv.
so why do you need a 360 (or ps3 for that matter) to do this?

player9113716d ago

Connecting your PC to your TV is not only a difficult task, but also impossible for some.

Not all TV's have VGA or DVI inputs... just like most PC's don't have compatible outputs to a TV.

If you DO happen to have compatible ports on both the TV and PC.. you also have to manage to get a cable between the two. If your PC is RIGHT next to the TV then your fine... but in most cases this won't work either. And VGA/DVI/HDMI cable is expensive when you start looking at distances. Plus it can only be a specific distance before you'll lose signal.

Once a cable system is in place you have to set up the PC to a compatible resolution which can be complicated.

We did this with my dad's TV at his house... and it cost him over $120 in cable, a graphics card, and a modular converter. Plus we had to find software to tweak his video resolution to match his TV. We spent a good deal of time running around also.

My TV has a VGA, DVI, and HDMI cable. And currently my PC is next to my PC. So for me, doing this is simple. But don't assume it would be for most.

I don't see what the big fuss is. Almost everyone with a 360 has Live Gold Service. So to MOST owners, it won't cost them a dime to load up their que of movies to watch right away.

When I move into my new house in a month... my PC will no longer be located near my TV. So using the 360 to stream netflix is the only option.

Plus if you think about it. NetFlix is the company that is saving the money on shipping. Why pay for shipping there and back when you can simply download it and watch it free? It saves Netflix shipping, it saves owners the hassle, and adds a new feature to 360.

You either have Gold AND Netflix
or
You have Gold with no netflix (encourages netflix subscriptions)
or
You have Netflix with no Live Gold (encourages Gold subscriptions)
or
You have a PS3 and it won't work anyway

Its there if you want to use it. If not then ignore it.

darx3716d ago

" Plus if you think about it. NetFlix is the company that is saving the money on shipping. Why pay for shipping there and back when you can simply download it and watch it free? It saves Netflix shipping, it saves owners the hassle, and adds a new feature to 360. "

Sayai jin3717d ago

Yeah that other article was bunk. XBL has had 20 to 30 television networks with TV series, classics, new releases, etc. So the addition of Netflix is just an addition to a vast video library. But in the end it does not matter for me. I caan not download anything from the PSN or XBL becuase Germany blocks all of this content. I can not download a single episode or clip.

player9113716d ago

I thought I read about a way around that...

can't you use a US proxy service to get a US ip address for your xbox... then when you connect to live, you actually connect through the US proxy.

I read an article about how to do that a few months ago. Supposedly Live only looks at your IP address to determine what features are available to you.

Sayai jin3716d ago

Do you have any ore info on that? I appreciate it.

crck3717d ago

"the official service is far easier than the current method, so for many there is still an advantage in upgrading to an Xbox live Gold account."

I'd be shocked if anyone that didn't already have Gold upgraded for this...

jmiscavish3716d ago

If you didn't have gold, but already had a NF subscription, $50 is a really, really cheap price to use your instant watch queue on your television. Plus, you'd be getting the gold membership benefits as well.

Right now, I can't use my IW queue at all (like i'm gonna sit in front of my laptop and watch a movie), so $50 would be a small price to pay and easily worth it.

But, i've already got gold and a NF subscription so this is just bonus.

kewlkat0073717d ago

Awesome....

This Fall Update will be the Best one yet....

BIGELLOW3716d ago

I'm not sure why Windows Vista keeps getting mentioned. For a while now, I have been watching instant movies through the same Netflix service on my Windows XP laptop. Some say the XBOX Live version is the "official service". This is a bolt-on service. The "official" service has been official for quite some time now.

I will admit that I DID tire of watching the movies on my laptop, or hooking my laptop up to my television each time (I keep my laptop on all the time, so the idea of "having to have the computer on" is a moot point for me.) So, for a one-time purchase of $99, I got the Netflix player by Roku. It plugs into your television and has a remote control. The instant watch queue that you setup from any computer through Netflix appears on the television through this device. You use the remote to make your selection and start the streaming of the movie.

So, really, this new bolt-on service by Microsoft is just mimicking the service that Netflix has provided for quite some time now... first through Internet Explorer... then through this $99 device... and soon through XBOX Live.

I'm not sure that $50/yr would be worth it when a one-time $99 would also suffice and you wouldn't "have to have your xbox 360 on". (The Roku device appears to make no noise at all... it's a tiny little box, much like a router.)

Even though the PSN's online service is free... $50/yr for an XBOX Live Gold account isn't exactly "breaking the bank"... that's less than the cost of one new retail game per year. So, I honestly can't imagine why anyone would be holding out this long anyway. While I really don't think this Netflix service is worth having someone pay $50/yr when they refused to do so before (it's movies like Bowling for Columbine, horror movies from the 80's, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, etc...) I do think that most who switch, and are disappointed, will realize that the other services that are offered make the overall purchase worthwhile.

KingME3716d ago

"I'm not sure that $50/yr would be worth it when a one-time $99 would also suffice and you wouldn't "have to have your xbox 360 on".

One could also say, "I'm not sure 99 dollars even for a one time fee is worth paying since I already have live gold." (For those that do.)

Other could say, well, "I was on the edge of getting a gold account and this netflix thing was the convincing point."

Additionally, for some people, myself especially, I really hate to burn a lot of time repeating small tasks. Like going upstairs turning on my PC (when I want to watch a movie) getting the stream going, the going to the xbox 360, getting that ready, etc. I would much perfer to turn on the xbox, check the community, maybe play a game or two, then go, you know what, I think I'll watch a movie. Boom, I'm in. 50 bucks per year well spent.

TrenchaunT3716d ago

It sounds like you connect your computer to your TV with a cable (i.e. S-Video cable), not to your Xbox. The reason that they say Vista is necessary is because supposedly Vista is required in order to use a Plug-in to Media Center which allows you to stream to the Xbox 360 through the home network, not via a direct cable. It's easier than having to put your laptop by the TV (especially if you have a monstrous ancient rock of a laptop like mine, which is about as loud as a car and as hot as a space heater).

Anyway, I think that quote in the article is really unfair to say that Microsoft is "taking advantage" of us. First off, it's not like Netflix is the only thing you get with a Gold membership. Second, people have been complaining for ages that there should be special benefits for gold members to justify the cost. Well, now we have one. Shouldn't that be satisfying in some way then? It's not like they're raising the price for the new service, and those who do not want to pay have the option of either using Vista and their PC, or hooking up their PC directly to the TV with an S-Video cable. Or they can just stream to their PC.

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