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Entries from May 2008

Watch NetFlix streaming video on your TV without using a computer with the Roku NetFlix Player

May 30th, 2008 · 7 Comments

When NetFlix first came out with their “Watch it Now” feature I thought that it was a big deal (you can read that post here). Here, finally, was a way to be able to watch a good chunk of the NetFlix catalog right there on your PC without having to wait for your DVDs to arrive in the mail. And, best of all, it was free for people who were already NetFlix members.

Unfortunately, in order to play those movies you had to use a special plugin for Internet Explorer, and that meant that you had to watch them on a computer. So, if you’re like me and you wanted to watch those movies on your TV, you had to be able to hook your PC (I used a laptop) up to your television. It worked, but it wasn’t exactly convenient.

Next came the vmcNetFlix add-in for Media Center (read my post on that here). This add-in allowed people who were running the Vista version of Windows Media Center to watch the NetFlix streaming videos inside of Media Center instead of through Internet Explorer. Even better, it allowed people who had Media Center Extenders (like an XBox 360) to stream that content to their TV without having to have a PC in the living room. That worked better, but it still required a PC (running Media Center) and a set-top box (the XBox 360 or other Media Center Extender).

But now there’s a way to watch NetFlix streaming videos without using a computer at all. It’s from Roku, and it’s called the NetFlix Player. Let’s check it out.

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Tags: Home Theater

How to watch NetFlix "Watch it Now" videos in your Windows Media Center with vmcNetFlix

May 28th, 2008 · 5 Comments

In a previous article I talked about the "Watch it Now" feature available to NetFlix customers (you can find that post here).  That feature allows users to stream some of the massive NetFlix catalog over the internet so that they can watch the content on their PCs without having to wait for the DVD to arrive in their mailboxes. 

One of the main problems with using Watch it Now is that you are required to watch the video content using a special Internet Explorer plugin, and that means that you can only watch that content on a PC instead of on the TV in your living room.  The solution to that problem was to use PC or a laptop which was hooked up directly to your TV.  Now there’s a better solution, and its name is vmcNetFlix.

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Tags: Computer Software · Home Theater · Internet