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NXE on the Netflix Bleeding Edge With HD Streaming

Your mailbox will be a little less crowded in November if you're a Netflix customer and Xbox Live Gold subscriber.

Shocking! (Image: Engadget)
The embargo is up for impressions of the New Xbox Experience, with stories hitting all around the web. Engadget's hands-on report has by far the most tantalizing piece of NXE news to my mind: The integrated streaming Netflix player will be the first Netflix platform of any kind to stream high-definition video. (All previous Netflix streaming methods only offered SD video.) Quoth Engadget:

A small perk -- but huge deal as far as we're concerned -- is the inclusion of a limited amount of HD content. We previewed Heroes in HD, and the quality was stunning. Right now there's only about 300 titles on offer, but we think after folks get a taste of this, they'll be begging for some expansion.

That is extremely exciting. If you're already using Netflix and already a Gold member on Xbox Live, you've suddenly got HD streaming in your living room for no additional fee. Propers to Netflix and Microsoft.

Man, I feel a lot better about urging my parents to buy a 360 last year. Sure, they use it for upscaling DVDs and iPod playback, but this Netflix business is the kind of feature with universal appeal that makes the console truly useful as an all-around media device.

We're fixing to get all up in the NXE ourselves, so stay tuned.

UPDATE:
We're messing around with the NXE in here and will bring you a comprehensive video preview of the features, including the Netflix module, later today.
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Posted by Brad
Shocking! (Image: Engadget)
The embargo is up for impressions of the New Xbox Experience, with stories hitting all around the web. Engadget's hands-on report has by far the most tantalizing piece of NXE news to my mind: The integrated streaming Netflix player will be the first Netflix platform of any kind to stream high-definition video. (All previous Netflix streaming methods only offered SD video.) Quoth Engadget:

A small perk -- but huge deal as far as we're concerned -- is the inclusion of a limited amount of HD content. We previewed Heroes in HD, and the quality was stunning. Right now there's only about 300 titles on offer, but we think after folks get a taste of this, they'll be begging for some expansion.

That is extremely exciting. If you're already using Netflix and already a Gold member on Xbox Live, you've suddenly got HD streaming in your living room for no additional fee. Propers to Netflix and Microsoft.

Man, I feel a lot better about urging my parents to buy a 360 last year. Sure, they use it for upscaling DVDs and iPod playback, but this Netflix business is the kind of feature with universal appeal that makes the console truly useful as an all-around media device.

We're fixing to get all up in the NXE ourselves, so stay tuned.

UPDATE:
We're messing around with the NXE in here and will bring you a comprehensive video preview of the features, including the Netflix module, later today.
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Edited by grainger

first... sorry always wanted to


still, i dont see no freeview tv on the 360, but good expansion none the less.

Posted by Megalon

This might just persuade me to renew my netflix subscription...

Posted by DoctorTran

That is fantastically awesome news!

Posted by darkjester74

OH SNAP!  That is truly exciting news!  I was secretly hoping for this but didnt really think they would deliver it, not at launch anyways.  Heroes in HD Steaming!  HELL YES!!!  =D

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN
Posted by MachoFantastico

I believe Netflix is only US so means nothing to us. Sad cause it sounds like a great idea.

Edited by DeusExMathias

I've been wanting to get a NetFlix membership.  Now I'm going to wait to see what kind of sweet new deals they're going to offer to grab new members! :)
Personally, I'm excited for the NXE.  I just hope that I can get red muttochops on my avatar... :P

--EDIT--
I thought Major Nelson announced last month (or something like that. Dates have been confusing since losing power for 18 days after Hurricane Ike and trying to catch up on old podcasts) that the NetFlix thing was not going to be available at lauch of NXE, but was planned for later roll-out.  I guess somehting changed.

Posted by HatKing

This might be the thing that puts me over the edge and gets me to subscribe to netflix.  Man my friends would love me, being able to watch a movie on a whim like that....god that'd be amazing.

Posted by DoctorTran

DeusEx: I believe it was the PrimeTime channel that wouldn't be available on launch.

Edited by Vigorousjammer

DeusEx, Netflix will still be available at the launch of the NXE, however, movie sharing in your party will be coming later on down the road... maybe a spring update...

Posted by Afroman269

This is amazing news!!...............but I hope the buffering times won't be epic long cus its HD.

Posted by SlimDogg

Well it just might be time for me to get a netflix account.

Posted by wafflestomp

File under: Hell Yes

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Posted by yellownumber5

I was a Netflix member for a little while, till I got tired of the USPS middleman.  I ended my netflix membership thus.  Still the online "watch whenever" was almost a selling point.  If this works on the 360 then Netflix just became super awesome.  Time to cancel the cable TV service and just have high speed internet.

Posted by Blissett

Quick question here as I can't find the answer on the Netflix website :(

Does anyone know if the service will be available outside of the US? I'm in the UK and there are no comparable services that I know of here. If this is available here I'll be a very happy man.
Posted by TheHBK

Netflix here I come.

Posted by MisterSpiffy

Oh my God, I wish this was available in Canada. :[

Posted by Media_Master

Man, I don't see why its so hard to pay for a full price movie these days and keep forever.

Posted by tmontana1004

Because somes movies aren't worth keeping forever.

Posted by Pibo47

Wow. This NXE sounds pretty good.

Posted by JoelTGM

Wait, it's not for Canada?  ...Nice

Posted by SuperMuchBrown

lol Jeff! Nice Avatar!!!


Posted by Milkman

Sweetness.

Posted by Peacemaker

Time to subscribe to netflix.  They should really work a deal that if you're a Gold member Netflix should be like 10 bucks a month.

Posted by killdave

Any news about the UK version, if it even exists?

Posted by Destroyeron

tmontana1004 speaks the truth.

Posted by wrecks

Makes the whole HDDVD vs Blu-ray drama of the past year so utterly silly now. DDFTW!

Posted by BrainSpecialist

So, why exactly can't the UK have this again?

Thanks, Microsoft, for being equal!

Posted by cikame

I'd use netflix, if it was in the uk aswell.

Posted by YoungBuck

ballin! great feature. good thing i already have netflix, and have over 100 movies in my instant queue ready for NXE

Posted by BiggerBomb

Drum rollllllllllll!

Posted by zoozilla

This is so jokes.

Posted by RenegadeSaint

This is freaking amazing.

Posted by Jedted

Where's the GB video preview?

Posted by Peacemaker

I definitely think I want to sign up for Netflix.  Hopefully they can get a bunch of HD content up.  They also just released the instant streaming for mac which I was also waiting for.

Posted by Warfust

I'm really looking forward to trying it out, because their current streaming is pretty crappy.

Posted by Gregomasta

I may just have to get netflix.

Posted by Za3r0

once again MS completely forgets/snubs us neighbors up north.