Thursday, 23 August 2012

Netflix on Xbox 360 now has “People Search”

The recent Netflix update for Xbox 360 didn’t just add the “Just for Kids” section, it also included a new feature we call “People Search.”

Search is an important part of the Netflix experience and we are working hard to make it better. People Search is an example of that. When entering text in the search box using the controller or Kinect, Netflix on Xbox now not only presents relevant TV programmes and films, but also actors and directors.

For example, type “nic” and you will see relevant results for TV programmes and films as well as people, including Nicolas Cage, among others.

To see all titles available to watch instantly with Nicolas Cage, simply select Nicolas Cage and they are presented in a simple list view.

We are excited to bring this feature, already popular on our website and PS3, to the Xbox. Use it to find more TV programmes and films with your favourite actors! People Search will come to other platforms in the future.

-Chris Jaffe.

Chris Jaffe is Director of Product Innovation at Netflix where he leads our work on game consoles and mobile phones.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Get Up. . . Stand-up

When is the last time you laughed. . . I mean really laughed?

Laughed so hard that the person sitting next to you on the train got a little worried and moved to a seat farther away? Laughed so hard that you burned your nostrils as soda shot from your nose? Laughed so hard that you lost the battle to suppress it and instead snorted so loud you scared the dog?

Chances are, you are long overdue for some pure, unedited, unadulterated laughter, and if laughter is the best medicine, then the pharmacy is definitely open!

We are thrilled that Netflix members in the UK and Ireland can now stream stand-up specials from some of the very best comics in the business with Kevin Hart’s, “Laugh at My Pain”, Bill Burr’s, “You People Are All the Same” & Jim Gaffigan’s, “Mr. Universe”.


Lisa Nishimura, Vice President, Content Acquisition

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

New “Post-play” Experience Makes It Easy To Continue Watching

At Netflix we’re very focused on making it easier to enjoy more TV programmes and films streaming over the internet to whatever device you use. A lot of the work we do is under the bonnet, but we recently added a very visible feature we call “post-play” to the Netflix experience.

What does “post-play” do? Let us illustrate: You’re finishing an episode of Breaking Bad, Prison Break, Lost, or any of the other compelling serialised dramas on Netflix. When the episode ends, you probably can’t wait to find out what happens next. That’s where “post-play” comes in.

Many Netflix members love watching multiple episodes of TV shows in a row. It is almost a phenomenon; John Jurgensen of The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article on indulging in TV programme marathons.

The new Netflix “post-play” experience makes sitting down for multiple episodes easier. It also works for films; if you’re watching a feature, we will make suggestions for other things to watch as soon as it ends.

Here’s how “post-play” works:

  • When you finish watching an episode of a TV programme, we’ll minimise the credits and cue the next episode. If you do nothing, the next episode will start to play in 15 seconds. You can also stop it to get more information or select another episode.
  • When you finish watching a film, we’ll minimise the credits and offer you three recommendations to try next. If those don’t suit you, you can always go directly to search from “post-play” or go back to browsing to find something else.

Netflix "post-play" on PS3
Netflix "post-play" on the Web

The “post-play” experience is now available on the PS3 and our Web site. It will be coming to other devices soon.


Chris Jaffe & Michael Spiegelman

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Netflix “Just for Kids” Arrives on Xbox 360

I'm very happy to announce Netflix "Just for Kids" is now available on Xbox 360. When you go to Netflix on your Xbox, you will now have the option either to go into a section designed especially for kids 12 and under, or the regular Netflix experience.

Whether you are a kid in age or a kid at heart, you will love Just for Kids, designed specifically for kids – with content appropriate for those 12 and under.

My kids spend a lot of time on the Xbox and my wife and I are very careful with the games we allow them to play on it.The same can be said of programmes and films – my kids just aren't ready for most of the shows out there.

With Netflix Just for Kids it's easy for my kids and yours alike to stay in a safe area for their television viewing when using Xbox 360. Parents, you can unleash your kids in this section of Netflix and not worry about titles that could be inappropriate. As always, there are no commercials on Netflix.

Our "Just for Kids" section is popular on the website, Nintendo Wii, Apple TV and PS3, so we are sure it will also be a hit on Xbox 360.

We hope you and your kids enjoy Just for Kids as much as mine do – and stay tuned for more Just for Kids news.


David Watson is director of product innovation at Netflix, responsible for our family and kids innovations.