Netflix 2.0 on Xbox LIVE
Netflix seems to be updating its interface on the new Xbox LIVE update coming tomorrow. Why I think this is significant is that it finally adds the ability to browse titles and add them to your queue sans PC… Currently, you have to leave the Xbox 360, pull up your desktop/laptop and add new titles to your queue. The Netflix interface on all current BD players, televisions and the Xbox 360 only allow you to watch the current queue. This change marks the next big step for Netflix. Now I’d like to look forward to some more improvements:
Additional Content from More Studios
Now that Netflix has penetrated the top four television manufacturers, it is becoming much more attractive for studios to add content to this incredible distribution model. I, for one, would even welcome intro commercials in order to gain more “free” content.
Surround Sound Audio
It’s past time for Netflix to add, at the very least, surround sound to its streaming movies. Dolby Digital tracks are available for all content currently in Netflix’ Watch Now library, they simply haven’t included this encoded content in the stream. Whatever technical hurdles exist, this is one area that Netflix absolutely needs to leapfrog before it truly dominates other set-top box streaming content in this arena.
Additional High Definition Content
It’s an HD world. If Netflix truly wants to dominate the living room it will have to increase the amount of HD content such that it is the dominant standard for all streaming shows. At present, HD makes up a very small percentage of the total available streaming content.
I’ll be excited to check out the Xbox LIVE interface tomorrow to see how well it performs. Of all the changes promised, this is the one that affects my viewing habits the most.