At E3 on Monday, Microsoft announced a deal with Netflix to enable Xbox 360 owners to instantly stream movies and TV episodes through their consoles. If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member with a current Netflix account, you don’t need to pay for anything extra. (SWEET! That’s me!)
‚ÄúWatching movies at home will never be the same. Netflix on Xbox 360 is an entertainment first, and we are bringing friends together with the best in entertainment content like no other device in the living room,‚Äù said John Schappert, corporate vice president of Interactive Entertainment LIVE, Software and Services Business at Microsoft. ‚ÄúWe are creating a completely new social entertainment experience, and Xbox 360 will be the only video game system where you can access your library of instantly streamable movies from Netflix and turn any room into a virtual movie theater.‚Äù
If you’ve ever tried to download a movie through Xbox LIVE and you managed not to kill yourself during the process, you know how much of a pain in the ass the current service can be. Through this new partnership, Xbox claims that the streaming movies and shows will begin playing within 30 seconds from selection and you can fast-forward, pause and rewind, all using either your Xbox 360 Controller or Media Remote. Plus, if you want to watch movies with your friends through LIVE, you’ll be able to use Live Party to create a room for 8 people to chat, share content and throw virtual popcorn at the screen.