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.
Hey, this is cool. Wait a minute! Let’s look a little more carefully at that screen shot.
Estimate time until start: 48 hours, 47 minutes? Wassup with that?