The Netflix Silverlight Experience

October 9th, 2007

At MIX07, Netflix announced plans to use Silverlight as the player technology for their new video-on-demand service. The Chief Product Officer for Netflix actually cited quick load times as a compelling feature for Netflix subscribers. The idea is that the movies load so fast users can preview movies for a moment and move on if they don’t like it. Sounds great.

Out on the Netflix site today, I loaded a movie from the “Watch Now” feature. Here is a screen shot of the load screen.

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Hey, this is cool. Wait a minute! Let’s look a little more carefully at that screen shot.

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Estimate time until start: 48 hours, 47 minutes? Wassup with that?

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