April 14th 2011 7:25 am PT

Kinect support for Netflix

Today we released an update to the Netflix experience on Xbox 360. The next time you start up Netflix, you’ll be prompted to accept the update which introduces Kinect support for Netflix.
That means controller-free navigation of thousands of movies and TV show, allowing you to use just the sound of your voice or wave of your hand to control your favorite Netflix content.
You’ll be able to select movies and TV shows recommended for you by Netflix, as well as play, pause, fast forward and rewind using gesture or voice. Kinect support for Netflix on Xbox LIVE will also feature an exclusive new recommendation channel that is controller-free and uses a smart engine to suggest movies or TV shows based on your viewing habits and instant queue.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Anonymous

    This is just a beta I’m sure we will be able to navigate the whole menu soon.

    • http://twitter.com/ToastNeo Matthew Berning

      Who said that this is a Beta? It’s not.

    • http://twitter.com/ToastNeo Matthew Berning

      Who said that this is a Beta? It’s not.

  • http://twitter.com/cdouglas3 Charles Douglas III

    So many negative nancy’s (no offense, Nancy!). You can friggin watch movies by talking to your friggin tv or waving your hand!!! I’m sure you’d rather pick up a controller or a “wand” with a colored ball on the end, right?! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Neat. It’s nice to see Microsoft supporting kinect functionality…only if Microsoft had such an attitude towards developing games….we would be rolling around in quality exclusives instead of waiting for 9 months….

  • http://profiles.google.com/frank.reese Frank Reese

    This is the reason I bought my Kinect. Now if only the kinect could work on games with less than 6 feet, either way, I’m THRILLED to finally get this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brad.toy Brad Toy

    There are still a few things the netflix app needs. There needs to be a command that takes you to the end of your queue with out having to scroll through everything.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have a Kinect yet but improvements like these have me thinking about picking one up.
    Hopefully the third party devs start creating games that integrate Kinect and the regular controller together. That would definitely make me immediately go get one. I’ve thought ever since I saw the XBox team unveil this technology as Project Natal that Kinect+controller would be a really great experience in a shooter.

    Major in case you read this, nice interview on the KOXM Podcast.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dave.aman Dave Aman

      I got excited when I saw the leaked video of Forza Motorsport 4 with Kinect support. Using the controller to drive the car, with head tracking thru Kinect to look around the car would be fantastic. Unfortunately it looks like it’s just a more realistic version of Kinect Joyride. Pretend you’re holding a steering wheel. That sort of ruins the entire Forza experience for me. I really hope they decide it’s okay to use a controller while you are being the controller because there’s no way you have enough control for a game like Forza. And that cool looking Jedi game can’t be anything more than an on-rails shooter, since there doesn’t seem to be any way to “walk forward” with Kinect.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DUKY3JBIONHTWYMVXNEJTZCCMM canadaismyhome

    is this update for us candian xboxlive gold members who have kinect and netflix? or are we still the ugly step-child no one gives the good gifts to??? we sure are paying the same amount for hardware and services

    • http://profiles.google.com/ew.craigwhite Craig White

      I’m in Canada and the update works fine…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Keith-Franklin/756176842 Keith Franklin

    Honestly this is a pretty poor implementation for Kinect. I would have that at the bare minimum you would be able to access what is in your queue rather than a few suggestions. For damage control you better get out in front and state that this is just 1st release and more features are coming.

    • http://twitter.com/Haukke Kelly Panasuk

      agreed it makes using Netflix much more difficult then without Kinect

  • http://twitter.com/ToddEvf Thomas James Egan

    As many have been saying all over the web, this new update to the Netflix application for use with the Kinect is a little weak. Don’t get me wrong play/pause controller free is a great feature, that I haven’t had a chance to use yet. But being stuck in just “Suggestions for You” limits the whole experience. Hopefully, sooner than later, support will be added to allow search and browsing of instant queue/categories

  • http://twitter.com/Talus Talus

    This is pretty much useless. The whole Netflix app should work with Kinect, including browsing and searching. The same goes with the Xbox 360 Dashboard. You guys are touting the Kinect as this great experience-changing technology yet you are not implementing it fully in your own dashboard. You’re basically saying that using a controller is better, but here is this fun toy to play with if you don’t mind taking longer getting to the content you want.

  • http://twitter.com/Talus Talus

    This is pretty much useless. The whole Netflix app should work with Kinect, including browsing and searching. The same goes with the Xbox 360 Dashboard. You guys are touting the Kinect as this great experience-changing technology yet you are not implementing it fully in your own dashboard. You’re basically saying that using a controller is better, but here is this fun toy to play with if you don’t mind taking longer getting to the content you want.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremy.knope Jeremy Knope

    I agree with others, the Kinect support in Netflix app is very weak. The voice control is so handy if it just let you do more, I don’t see any reason not to be able to navigate my instant queue with gestures and/or voice.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremy.knope Jeremy Knope

    I agree with others, the Kinect support in Netflix app is very weak. The voice control is so handy if it just let you do more, I don’t see any reason not to be able to navigate my instant queue with gestures and/or voice.

    • Avatar Roku

      Microsoft has excellent voice search software for Windows Phone and Ford Sync. Why not implement this into Kinect so that you can just say the title of the movie or song you want?

  • http://twitter.com/TwoCooksBooks Lance Dean

    Needs to be able to choose episodes in series and it needs a restart command in addition to full queue and search.

  • http://twitter.com/ToastNeo Matthew Berning

    I don’t have Netfix as of yet, but does 360 really not support 1080p with it? What about 720p?

  • http://twitter.com/ToastNeo Matthew Berning

    I think Netflix will be added to the Kinect Hub whenever the next dashboard update comes out. This was just an update to the Netfix app itself.

  • http://twitter.com/SinfulKnight Sion Valentine

    This is pretty cool. I get annoyed when I need to turn my control on just to pause and then play again.

  • http://www.fiftycal.net danielOut

    Would be quite nice if I could browse my que via voice, rather than just suggestions. This is a good start, but it is just a baby step. There is a lot of functionality that needs at least voice support, if not gesture support. Neat, but not quite as useful as I’d like yet.

  • http://www.phronk.com phronk

    I’d rather browse with a controller anyway, so the tragically crappy navigation doesn’t both me much. What does is the giant white hand appearing over top of the movie whenever I so much as twitch. It didn’t seem this sensitive with other Kinect applications; is it buggy or something?

  • http://twitter.com/dmentd82 Richard Cranium

    It is disappointing that the Kinect feature only works for suggestions. I hope to the Kinect feature work for the whole Netflix app soon. :(

    • Avatar Roku

      I’m really disappointed with the Netflix implementation. You only get access to a small handful of movies, not even of your choosing. The app practically tells you to just pick up the controller and browse that way. I appreciate that there are navigation controls now, but it is basically impossible to use Kinect to launch a movie.

      All-in-all Kinect media navigation is disappointing. Why can’t I just say the title of a movie I want to see and have it bring it to me? Obviously Microsoft has the technology to do this as seen on their Windows Phones (Bing search) and on Ford Sync enabled cars. This should be implemented in Zune, Netflix, Last.FM and Hulu instead of limiting me to only a small handful of preselected media choices.

      When Microsoft announced Kinect they showed a couple sitting on their couch navigating their entire Netflix Instant queue with the swipe of their hands. Why has the real Netflix software not come close to this original vision.

  • Avatar Roku

    Why can’t I just say the title of a movie I want to see and have it bring it to me? Obviously Microsoft has the technology to do this as seen on their Windows Phones (Bing search) and on Ford Sync enabled cars. This should be implemented in Zune, Netflix, Last.FM and Hulu instead of limiting me to only a small handful of preselected media choices.

  • http://twitter.com/bushmaster2000 bushmaster2000

    Why can’t i browse my Queue with gestures? Seems like you added a feature everyone with a Kinect wanted then made it practically worthless? Who designs this stuff ?!

  • http://twitter.com/rocshaboc rocshaboc

    eh, its ok. Why so limited? When can we use Kinect on the “entire” dash? Why are we feed crumbs and not a steak?

  • http://twitter.com/Sparky7474 Jaime Salas

    Im not that impressed, why only suggested movies I can use Kinect?

  • http://twitter.com/lindseyn73 Nathan Lindsey

    Sorry, but this update was lame. Only limited use of Kinect with Netflix added seems hardly worth it. Sadly, the Xbox 360 version of Netflix is just a crappy player compared to the PC and the PS3. The way it handles streaming is annoying. If you get any change in network speed the 360 version just stops and loads. At least the PS3 version does some changes in the background so your video rarely pauses. This update needed to be more than just a token add-on of limited Kinect use. It should have been a whole re-write the way the program handles streaming. Fail.

  • http://twitter.com/poopbullet Chris Hayden

    Boo…way to drop the ball…I have been waiting for this since day one and this is the best you could come out with? Next time do it right or not at all

  • http://twitter.com/UNSCleric Rob

    Waste of time and resources,

  • http://twitter.com/UNSCleric Rob

    Waste of time and resources.

  • http://twitter.com/Kankui Leif Werner

    Have to agree with what most people are saying… Kind of lame that you can only have movies that are suggested. I know you said “It’s only the beginning” but still. I do like the fact that I can talk to it to stop it instead of having to turn my controller back on! Thanks for that at least!

  • http://twitter.com/enormousmavsfan peter

    I love the basic support– I just hope this is just a first step. Searching may be too complex to ever get done but I’d love to see at least the standard Netflix dashboard navigatable with voice commands. “up, down, left, right, play selected” would do wonders. I also can’t see myself using gestures during most movies. I want to sit on the couch and yell at the TV.

    Why not work basic voice commands into the Kinect’s firmware? Work in 100+ words into its dictionaries so developers could use those resources? That may allow me to use these same, fantastic voice controls on Media Center and streamed movies and would make the Kinect more friendly to program for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LukasTaves Lukas Taves

    Why there’s no full support for all the features?

    And also, why Ms still haven’t add more choices overall for the dashboard. People using hacks managed to get a lot more usable interfaces than having to stand your arm in place until a circle fills up…

    There is even hacks that allow you to enter text in a similar manner to using t9 on phones.

    Really, seeing all those hacks made up so quickly while we are still using a interface that fells rushed makes me wonder what MS has been doing all those months…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ben-Gaitskell/532265408 Ben Gaitskell

    I love it! Voice controls are the coolest feature since sliced bread.
    “Oh no, what did he say? Xbox rewind. Xbox play.” Oh. Nice.

  • http://profiles.google.com/matt.hawke Matt Spurgeon

    I don’t really like the way they’re doing the default kinect interface. The way Dance Central does it, I seem to be able to quickly navigate menus and get to what I want in the game. I wish they would adopt that as the default interface, otherwise I think the “mouse” movement is slow and the “hold your hand out to click” is tiresome.

  • http://twitter.com/Spokker Spokker

    Kinect implementation with Netflix is flawed because using the remote or controller will always be faster and more accurate. I like the Kinect games, but using this thing to navigate a user interface is madness.

    The voice recognition feature is cool if you are really lazy, I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/woodmxiii Mark Wood

    I was excited for this. It does not bother me that the selection is small when in the Kinect screen. What I don’t like is that the hand and “wave for Kinect” shows up all the time. I walk in front of the screen, it is there. I was folding clothes watching netflix and the hand kept showing up. I think I might need to turn off Kinect when I am in Netflix. Hopefully that is changed soon.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tridentmorph David Cox

    Very disappointing, very little true integration, could have been so much more (much like the rest of kinect).

  • http://www.facebook.com/hood.locsta Hood Locsta

    thats good next is facebook i hope

  • http://twitter.com/WilliamRLBaker WilliamRLBaker

    Goody A useless update for a useless device…How about Microsoft actually try matching what the ps3 has? useful UI tweaks, 1080p streaming, subtitles? the 360 version of netflix destroyed the ps3 version for a long time and now the ps3 version destroys the 360 version…and its been that way for 6 months…

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.pike117 Josh Pike

    horrible…. way to let down your loyal customers microsoft

  • http://twitter.com/xmoxyx Dan MacKinnon

    You guys need to make it available for every single netflix movie. just being able to select movies that are suggested for me is terrible. and the fact it says for more options use a controller completely goes against what you are trying to do here

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=773397267 Rich McGowan

    way to get users excited, only to let us down again. Yes, technically it is Kinect enabled, but only for a very limited amount of movies/shows. You can’t even change episodes if it is a TV series. I would love to know the though process of the person who developed this or who may have thought it was good idea to make it so limited.

  • http://twitter.com/PaulVErickson Paul V. Erickson

    I liked it. I really liked the voice commands. I do hope there are plans for a full integration so you can get to more than just the suggested movies.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ChrisWeston1 Chris Weston

    Not what I was expecting. I know it’s just a start and MUCH more functionality will probably be coming, but it’s funny that a device with such advanced technology (controlling things with your body and voice!) can only navigate through a few pages.

    They can make Netflix (and all of the XBox dashboard, Windows Media Center, etc) just as functional and convenient as navigating with a controller, IF their brain trust applies clever, innovative thinking towards coming up with commands that really make sense.

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  • http://twitter.com/kewljoe kewljoe

    Needs MOAR features!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kewljoe kewljoe

    Needs MOAR features!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kewljoe kewljoe

    Needs MOAR features!!!!!

 

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