I love Netflix – the DVD’s are nice, but the real plus to this affordable service is the thousands of movies, tv shows and documentaries that are available for PC viewing on demand. Up till now, this meant surfing to the Netflix site (in IE only), browsing for a title, launching the embedded browser player, and retreating to my bed hoping the volume was up to snuff and I didn’t feel like rolling over for a snooze mid-movie. Should I need to adjust the volume or pause or stop the movie, it required I get out of bed and ruin that oh so sweet moment of rolling over and catching some zzzz’s.
Enter My-Netflix (http://www.anpark.com/Software.aspx), a rather innocuous add-on for Windows Media Center that provides access to Netflix’s vast collection of video right from within Windows Media Center. This means no more getting up to change the movie, or volume or to pause play.
While there are some mildly unpolished aspects to this software, by and large it serves its purpose well. The developer is a developer, not a user-interface designer and there are some hiccups as far as ratings display and typographical spacing. These are small hindrances to a positive experience overall however. The user experience as a whole is very positive mostly because much of the fact that its built on top of Windows Media Center, which is top notch in my book.
Setup is quick – promting for my Netflix login/pass and then enabling me to select/de-select which portions of the large Netflix rss data stream I wish to display. The best part is that all this functionality is accessible via my Windows Media Center remote!
If you subscribe to Netflix and use Windows Media Center for entertainment purposes, this is a no brainer.