Microsoft & Netflix enhance movie watching on PC

MUMBAI: Microsoft Corp. will be making available more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix Inc. to watch instantly on the PC using Windows Media Center on PCs with Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate.

This newest content addition builds on Microsoft’s goal to create a consistent experience on the PC for consumers to easily enjoy the entertainment of greatest interest to them.

With Windows Media Center, consumers no longer need to jump from website to website to find the TV shows, movies, sports and news they want to watch. Windows Vista customers who are also Netflix members can simply start Windows Media Center on their PC and then select the new Netflix tile under TV+Movies to begin streaming movies and TV episodes instantly.

People can also search the entire Netflix library, manage both their instant and DVD Queues, and even filter searches by titles that are available to watch instantly. Windows Media Center takes advantage of the Netflix recommended category lists to make it even easier to quickly find the movies and TV shows that consumers want to watch. Conveniently, Netflix in Windows Media Center is also designed to work with any Windows Media Center-compatible remote control.

"Netflix is excited that the majority of the Windows Vista users in the US can now access a vast array of movies and TV episodes from Netflix through Windows Media Center. There’s no better way to enjoy movies than with Netflix, and this latest offering is another milestone that gives Windows Media Center customers a great experience using the Netflix service," said Netflix vice president of corporate communications Steve Swasey.

The Netflix instant watching in Windows Media Center is powered by Microsoft Silverlight, which enables customers to have more accessible, discoverable and secure experiences.

"We’re continuing to work with the top content providers today to make watching TV on the PC a mainstream experience for the future. Consumers understand that content is the driving force when it comes to experiences, and with Netflix, we’re underscoring our broader commitment to deliver a rich experience with Windows Media Center," said Microsoft corporate vice president of entertainment client software for the TV, video and music business group.