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Watch Instantly With Netflix

Watch Instantly With Netflix

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) was established in 1997 as a flat rate rent by mail order system for DVDs and now Blu-ray disks. It has grown enormously in popularity and service offerings since that time, and now offers online streaming of blockbuster selections in addition to mail order rentals.

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To take advantage of the Netflix Watch Instantly service where no postman is required, you just need a computer hooked to the Internet and an updated web browser. But if you want to get fancy and watch things in slow motion or download the movie completely unattended, you need to purchase a Netflix enabled device like the Roku Digital Video Recorder (DVR).

A DVR is a device that you hook to your Internet line to store the downloaded movies from Netflix. The Roku DVR costs just $100. Check your newer high-end home entertainment systems, as most brands are now supporting Netflix downloads in the same way, with everything you need included.

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Never Lick a Stamp Again with Netflix

Never Lick a Stamp Again with Netflix

When the Netflix online movie service began, you would use your home Internet connection to browse the catalogue and then wait a few days for the postal service to deliver your rental with a return envelope.

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English: A Netflix envelope picture taken by BlueMint. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, things are much easier. You can download movies direct from Netflix by using any one of many home entertainment devices, like the Roku Digital Video Recorder (DVR), or a game console like the Xbox 360.

Other popular Netflix-enabled devices in homes today are any of the TiVo DVRs, as well as the Samsung and LG Blue-ray players. Several Samsung and LG home entertainment systems are also Netflix enabled in the same way, where you use your TV screen and Internet connection to order your selection from Netflix and then watch instantly.

Yet Netflix has even gone one step further, allowing you to watch a streaming movie online using only your Internet browser and Microsoft or Apple computer.

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Plethora of New Netflix Devices

Plethora of New Netflix Devices

The popular DVD renter Netflix started its business sending out titles by mail, but soon after its initial success in this field, it pioneered the online movie streaming market.

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Netflix Roadshow 004 (Photo credit: RahulG.)

Today, there are a plethora of Netflix-compatible devices that you can purchase to avoid the US postman. Probably the most common device (and the original Netflix box) is the Roku Digital Video Player, which is priced at just $100. The Roku DVR has built in WiFi for streaming the rented videos out to your home display devices, like HD flat screen displays or overhead projectors.

XBox 360

But other devices abound. The Microsoft Xbox 360 is now Netflix enabled, as well as the Sony PlayStation 3. That means you can play games and watch movies at the same time! In addition, you can use your TiVo HD and HD XL DVR to download and store your movies for later viewing.


Netflix New Innovations

Netflix New Innovations

There are lots of positive features of Netflix online movie services, but here are a few that are hot off the tech press. Netflix was recently released for TiVo users, so that means that if you have a TiVo box and subscribe to the TiVo HD, TiVo HD XL or TiVo Series3 DVR service, you can use the Netflix interface and download your movies that way. Also new to Netflix is the ability to use your Apple TV DVR to download the latest blockbusters.

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Mac users also got a boost with other options. They can now use the “Watch Instantly” feature of Netflix by just turning on their Apple desktop, laptop, or Mac mini, and then use the Safari or Firefox 2+ browser to watch movies streamed from Netflix. The new smooth streaming of online movies to Mac users is made possible by Microsoft’s software called Silverlight.

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Netflix and XBOX 360 Offer Movies Instantly to Homes

Netflix and XBOX 360 Offer Movies Instantly to Homes

In a press release earlier this month, Netflix announced that 1 million XBOX Live Gold users have activated Netflix on the XBOX systems. This occurred over the past three months since XBOX Live became available in November of 2008. The service allows these members to instantly watch movies and television episodes directly through their video game devices.

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Thousands of Titles and More Coming

So far 1.5 billion minutes of content has been downloaded and watched through the XBOX 360 Netflix agreement. Netflix is offering over 12,000 movies and tv episodes for immediate viewing through download. The number of titles available is expected to group along with the number of high definition (HD) titles offered.

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