Netflix has announced an updated media player for instant streaming of movies online to a PC or Mac. The new media player is based on Microsoft Silverlight. This marks the first time that Intel-based Mac owners could instantly stream Netflix content to their PCs.
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Netflix says that this is a first step that will only affect a small portion of its users. However, Netflix says that this is a first step to the roll out of a totally new platform by the end of 2008. Among the enhancements is a new timeline navigator that improves fast-forward and rewind, The player uses PlayReady DRM to play protected content.
"Silverlight with PlayReady offers a powerful and secure toolkit for delivery of dynamic streaming, which offers faster start-up, and higher quality video, adapted in real time to users' connection speeds," said Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt. "Members who enjoy watching movies and TV episodes from the growing library of choices that can be instantly streamed at Netflix will be thrilled with this next generation improvement of access and quality, on a broader range of platforms, including Intel Macs and Firefox."
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