Netflix Streaming Video – I Like It!

I received an email from Netflix this morning indicating that because I was a Netflix member I could now download unlimited movies from their website. Interesting. What was even more interesting was that this would be in addition to the movies I already received via mail. I have the 3 DVD subscription to the service paying $16.99 a month.

What really interested me was how good would the service be? Could a broadband connection really play movies well? What about software? What would needed to be installed?

I went to the Netflix site and learned that my Firefox browser was a no-no and that I would need to use Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. I also needed to upgrade my Media Player to version 11, needed some added security updates and also the Netflix software of some kind. After installing and getting the updates I was ready to proceed. I should also note that I have a cable connection at 3MB and was also using my laptop in my living room via a wireless connection. My wife wanted to watch the new American Idol and quite frankly I can’t take the BS of watching any more untalented singers. :-) So it was a good time to try streaming video from Netflix.

I tried Letters From Iwo Jima, The Good German & The Italian Job. All of the movies played perfectly. There were no hiccups of any kind. Here are the system requirements needed:

System requirements:

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher, or Windows Vista
  • Internet Explorer version 6 or higher
  • Windows Media Player version 11 (DRM version 5145) or later
  • An active broadband connection to the Internet
  • 1.0 GHz processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3 GB free hard disk drive space

This is the future of media rental. No waiting in long lines. No disappointment because a new release is not available. No waiting for DVD in the mail. Plus no DVD’s that are damaged and can’t be played. I really like this type of service and will be using it in the future.

Commenst welcome.

[tags]netflix, dvd, rentals, download, streaming, video, media player, software, service,  [/tags]

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  • Denny

    Hi Ron

    That Sounds Good….
    But Do You WAN_NA…watch a Movie On Your Computer__OR
    Did you HOOK–IT–UP to a TV..?

  • Ron Schenone

    Heh Denny,
    Thats on my list next.


    You guys are startin to bug me….I’m still watchin Clint Eastwood on VHS!

  • Ron Schenone

    Hello Goose,
    Sorry to hear about your plight. :-)

  • Denny

    GOOD—WORD RON……..plight. :-)

  • Denny
  • Peter

    Caution, when the Netflix online player is downloaded, it apparently shuts down the QuickBooks Pro 2008 automatic update engine. Netflix warns you about this, and I advise not to proceed, it is a hassle to fix it. Even after removing the Netflix player, QuickBooks kept complaining that I was using an outdated version. Manual updates did not correct the problem.
    The only remedy was to go into Control Panel and Change/Remove programs, choose QuickBooks, then run the QuickBooks repair facility. That took about a half hour and a reboot, now it works fine. On the restart of QuickBooks, it updated the entire thing.

  • Ron Schenone

    Hi Peter,
    Thanks for the info.