The Netflix Silverlight Experience

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?

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David Starr

David Starr is a professional software craftsman committed to improving agility, collaboration, and technical excellence in software development teams. David is the Technical Training Director for GoDaddy. He is the founder of Elegant Code Solutions, has served in numerous leadership contexts, and was as an early and consistent advocate for agile software development.