Watch Netflix with Silverlight

Saw this yesterday.

>Silverlight is designed for delivery of cross-platform, cross-browser media experiences inside a Web browser. It is expected that Netflix members who watch movies and TV episodes instantly on their computers will enjoy a faster, easier connection and a more robust viewing experience with Silverlight, due to the quality built directly into the player. Among the viewing enhancements with the new player is a breakthrough in timeline navigation that vastly improves the use of fast-forwarding and rewinding. The new Netflix player takes advantage of PlayReady DRM, which is built into Silverlight, for the playback of protected content on both Windows-based PCs and on Macs. That had not been possible with previous generation technologies.

Honesly, at this point, does anybody care?

I tried using Silverlight during the Olympics like most of you did I’m sure. And it was a poor experience. I’m sure a big part of that was because of NBC and the Olympic commitee, but it was still a poor experience.

I’m no DRM expert, but why can’t they do it like Hulu? Hulu offers movies that play in a flash player. Is piracy so bad they the studios are concerned someone will steal the stream? Or somehow get access to the server where the files are located and download them? Honestly?

I can get my music DRM free from Amazon. How much longer until I get big label video content the same way?

I’m not currently a netflix subscriber. Cuts had to be made. This isn’t anything that is going to make me jump back to being a customer any sooner, if at all.


By Don

Lead bottle washer at, host at and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

1 comment

  1. I’m baffled by the selection of Silverlight – combined with the fact that I didn’t even know that Silverlight worked on Macs.

    However the fact that Netflix is finally extending streaming to the Mac is very cool, especially since Neflix now has a deal with Stars where they’re streaming movies airing on Stars that are in the Netflix collection.

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