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Netflix Begins Streaming to the Mac
Monday, October 27, 2008 - 8:38 AM EST
Posted by: Glenn

Netflix today announced it has begun the deployment of Microsoft Silverlight to enhance the instant watching component of the Netflix service and to allow subscribers for the first time to watch movies and TV episodes instantly on their Intel-based Mac. The deployment, which will initially touch a small percentage of new Netflix subscribers, is the first step in an anticipated roll-out of the new platform to all Netflix subscribers by the end of the year.

So why Silverlight? According to Netflix, "Apple does not license their DRM solution to third parties, which has made this more difficult, but we are working with the studios and content owners to gain approval for other solutions. As soon as a studio-approved DRM for the Mac is available to us, whether from Apple or another source, we will move quickly to provide a movie viewer that enables you to watch movies from Netflix instantly on your Mac."

I guess the use of Silverlight will be disappointing to some, but it's great to see the service finally get off the ground.

[Updated] Netflix subscribers can now opt-in to the beta here.

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