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.

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  • http://twitter.com/ChronoHawk Matt Casartello

    This would be great… if my streaming connection for netflix on my 360 wasn’t terrible. Streams perfectly on my PC, streams perfectly on my PS3, barely have a signal when I try it on my 360…

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    • Anonymous

      Hmm. I use all three also and it streams perfectly. Even 3 stories up on the xbox in the master bed room (though not as consistent as the xbox downstairs). Oddly enough I use my PS3 for my primary Netflix source (5.1 capability and better video quality adjustment) though the PSnetwork downloads and streaming are horribly slow. (PS3 is just a bluray/Netflix player for me). If you can’t use Kinect on your instant Q this is useless anyway. Note: I “opened my ports” on my router for the xbox – maybe that is a factor.

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  • https://twitter.com/#!/BeeDizz BeeDizz

    Cool trick.

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  • http://twitter.com/BobMallett Bob Mallett

    Any update on when this will be available for mediacenter?

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  • http://twitter.com/BobMallett Bob Mallett

    Any update on when this will be available for mediacenter?

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  • http://twitter.com/BobMallett Bob Mallett

    Any update on when this will be available for mediacenter?

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  • http://twitter.com/xMrLostmanx Brandon Barrieault

    Wait a sec, you still can’t access Netflix from the Kinect Hub. Something of an oversight there, if you ask me.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CPCGACLUHTA7DZOZQT4I3MCMRU Dave

    Now I have a reason to use Kinect, thanks

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  • Anonymous

    How about an update to make Netflix on Xbox work better with slower connections? I have 2.5 Mbps or some such speed DSL and the frequent hiccups where it stops and shows a black screen, saying “adjusting for changes in network bandwidth”, and then starts again, are incredibly jarring/irritating. I’d even take an option to simply limit the stream to (upscaled) 480p. I’m perfectly happy with how upscaled DVDs look, so upscaled 480p would work fine and presumably not have all those maddening hiccups.

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    • http://profiles.google.com/chaos944 Steven Labbé

      You may need to configure QoS on your router to dedicate that bandwith to you Xbox360, also see if the 2.5 Mbps or burst speed or sustained speed, that may also be part of the problem. I am not going to quote bandwidth needs for SD and HD resolutions because if I am slightly off, I will be trounced for trying to help a fellow Netflixer – is that a word?

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      • http://www.facebook.com/rellus.gellor Russell Gorall

        Okay.

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      • Anonymous

        I don’t know if my DSL router supports that. Actually I didn’t know what QoS was until I just searched for it. Is this part of the dsl setup or of the wifi access point?

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  • Anonymous

    Too bad netflix is tied to Gold membership. I dropped my Gold membership months ago since I can use Netflix FOR FREE on EVERY OTHER Console and even my Blueray player.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1059135743 Chris Johnson

      that makes no sense… Then why would you need/want netflix on the Xbox, go use another system…

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      • Anonymous

        I am and have… I am just saying that MS is connecting things like kinect video chat, netflix, facebook, twitter to the Gold paywall for some reason…

        I was using the xbox for netflix because of its HD HDMI output, but my Blueray play does that now.. I then realized that neflix was the last thing tying me to a Gold subscription.

        I would love to use neflix with kinect, or kinect video chat, however the xbox live Gold cost is just not worth it for those features.

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      • Anonymous

        Wow. If Netflix was the only thing keeping you on your Gold sub, you must not have really tried anything else that a Gold membership offers you (compared to other paid or free online services). Not to mention other online gaming/matchmaking services such as PSN can’t hold a candle to the Live experience, the exclusive Party Watch feature of Netflix is worth more than the ~$5/mo. price alone. $5 is relatively cheap even when compared to free. I can make $5 in under an hours worth of work, or even by panhandling for it.

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  • http://twitter.com/mcmax3000 David

    I kind of wish there was some way for me to get the voice control without Kinect.

    I have Kinect and I love Kinect but it has to go on my downstairs TV as that’s the only one that has enough room but my bedroom TV is the one where I normally watch Netflix.

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  • http://twitter.com/bozman42 Travis Boswell

    How about an update to enable 5.1 sound instead of a useless motion gesture gimmick?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUAK2WDOKG4DFJ2IL7Z7WSJ5JM Bastien

    Et pour la France et la reconnaissance vocal

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  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Aweeeeeeeeeeesome! Finally!

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  • http://twitter.com/Microshock Microshock

    Why not get Netflix on par with the PS3’s one first? No 5.1, no 1080p, no subtitles? Come on.

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    • https://twitter.com/#!/BeeDizz BeeDizz

      Microsoft seems more interested in creating “unique” experiences with their apps rather than getting them out quickly. I like the idea. But so far i haven’t seen anything groundbreaking that makes the experience any better than what i do on my PC with any of them. Twitter and Facebook are useless. The only thing ESPN ever has on it i want to watch is televised anyway. The only thing Netflix has going for it is that people seem to use the 360 as a set-top box. And why wait so long for Hulu + when it’s been out so long on PC? So i can talk to it? None of them offer a “must have” kind of experience.

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    • 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?

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  • http://twitter.com/virtualdev Ben M.-C.

    I’ve been waiting for this for a while. Can’t wait to go home and try it!

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    • Anonymous

      Don’t bother…

      “Suggestions for you” is the only section available with Kinect…

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  • http://enterconnected.com/index.php/netflix-for-xbox-360-gets-kinect-support Netflix for Xbox 360 Gets Kinect Support : EntertainmentConnected

    […] We’ve no got offical confirmation from MajorNelson: Today we released an update to the Netflix experience on Xbox 360. The next time you start up […]

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BUAK2WDOKG4DFJ2IL7Z7WSJ5JM Bastien

    update Xbox 360 tomorrow April 15, 2011 or not

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rellus.gellor Russell Gorall

    Finally, a decent software item to use Kinect with.

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    • https://twitter.com/#!/BeeDizz BeeDizz

      One day they’ll put some games out for it.

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  • Anonymous

    So….I CAN’T access my own instant queue? Unless I use my controller, which defeats the whole purpose, I can only access the Netflix “suggestions”? Who thought up that brilliant idea?

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  • http://twitter.com/derekpurdy Derek Purdy

    thousands of movies? you mean hundreds if you’re located in Canada.

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    • Anonymous

      Just assume he is talking to Americans unless otherwise noted.

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    • http://twitter.com/maidenofhaste maiden of haste

      or zero in the UK!! what do we get if they get netflix on kinect?? we want full dash navigation!!!!!!

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      • Anonymous

        Let netflix know you want netflix in your county or move to a country that does have netflix.

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  • Anonymous

    Are there any issues with installing this and being in the Beta Preview program? I wouldn’t think so.

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

      Pretty sure the point of the Preview Program is for them to find out things like that. Try it and if there’s a problem report it.

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

      Pretty sure the point of the Preview Program is for them to find out things like that. Try it and if there’s a problem report it.

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  • Anonymous

    % of Live users with kinect 30%ish
    % of Live users with 5.1+ sound 40%ish

    HELLO!?

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Anonymous

    % of Live users with kinect? 20%ish
    % of Live users with 5.1+ sound? 30%ish

    Cart before the horse?

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