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Microsoft Adds Netflix Streams to Windows Media Center

20 May, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Microsoft Corp. has made available for free about 16,000 movies and episodic television programs from Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming service for PC users operating the Windows Media Center platform, Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate.

Netflix streaming (which requires a Netflix subscription) is currently available on the Xbox 360 Live platform.

With Windows Media Center, consumers select the new Netflix title under TV+Movies to begin streaming movies and TV episodes instantly. Users can also search the entire Netflix library, manage both their instant and DVD rental queues, and even filter searches by titles that are available to watch instantly.

Netflix in Windows Media Center is also designed to work with any Windows Media Center-compatible remote control.

The availability of Netflix marks the second recent content deal for Windows, following the March 2009 launch of the Sports Channel, which offers a variety of interactive sports content from CBSSports.com, Fox Sports and MSNBC.com, among others.

“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 Craig Eisler corporate VP of entertainment client software for the TV, video and music business group at Microsoft.

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