Netflix app for Xbox 360 updated with new design, profiles

Netflix released an update for its Xbox 360 app on Friday, bringing a new interface and the ability to use the streaming service's recently released profiles feature.

The console app's new interface places it more in line with the interface used in the company's app for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices, featuring a black background in lieu of the previous dark red. Users can now switch between profiles by either pressing the "B" or "back" button; previously, pressing either button would only allow users to select between a regular movie streaming queue and the service's "Just for Kids" area. The update comes a year after the children's section was first added to the Xbox 360 app.


The Netflix app for Microsoft's Xbox 360 now features a darker interface.

Though the children's section no longer appears as a separate tile option, users can still select it from the profiles screen by pressing the "X" button. Additionally, Netflix subscribers can monitor and change settings in account profiles to limit content. Through the profiles section on the service's website, users can mark a box that relegates profiles to content appropriate for children younger than 12.

Neowin has contacted Netflix inquiring if any other changes were made to the program; this post will be updated if a response is received.

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Am I the only one that thinks this UI looks bad?

On the other hand, I cannot wait for Netflix to show up over here.

<insert Futurama image: Shut up and take my money> ;-)

Yeah, IIRC, unfortunately the PS3 is the only non-PC platform to support creation of profiles. Hopefully Netflix will update the 360 app again with all the missing features found in Netflix apps across various other platforms.

NateB1 said,
Yeah, IIRC, unfortunately the PS3 is the only non-PC platform to support creation of profiles. Hopefully Netflix will update the 360 app again with all the missing features found in Netflix apps across various other platforms.

Apple TV is non-PC. Can you do that there too? I didn't see a way but then again I really wasn't looking for it since I have my profiles setup.

My Netflix app was updated, but still no SuperHD, even though my ISP (Frontier) qualifies for it, and my Panasonic Smart TV's app has it.

https://support.netflix.com/en/node/8731

The video quality is an impressive leap - a good example of this is Thor. With the "regular" HD, the dark scenes are atrocious. With SuperHD, there is quite a bit more detail in the darker areas, and banding is much improved.

Also, the Netflix for the PS3 has 3D movies enabled as well - not for the 360, though.

Well Verizon FiOS isn't eligible so no biggie for me. LOL

Although I do have an Apple TV 3rd Generation so if Verizon ever becomes available, I'll just use that. Apple TV is so much better anyway since it got support for Profiles and Super HD. The only thing it can't do over the Xbox 360 Netflix app is the ability to fill the screen when watching old movies or tv shows so you don't get the black sidebars.

NateB1 said,
My Netflix app was updated, but still no SuperHD, even though my ISP (Frontier) qualifies for it, and my Panasonic Smart TV's app has it.

I get it with Cox cable. I bet you it has to do with the ISP resources Netflix offers to ISPs.

Patrick Danielson said,

I get it with Cox cable. I bet you it has to do with the ISP resources Netflix offers to ISPs.

sort of but simpler. it has to do with the CDN netflix uses. your ISP needs to enable support for the CDN so they can stream at full speed. it's a simple change for the ISP, but there are politics and possibly costs involved.

neutral internet and all.

HawkMan said,

sort of but simpler. it has to do with the CDN netflix uses. your ISP needs to enable support for the CDN so they can stream at full speed. it's a simple change for the ISP, but there are politics and possibly costs involved.

neutral internet and all.

Hardware from Netflix has to be installed at the ISP.

xendrome said,

Hardware from Netflix has to be installed at the ISP.

No it doesn't. My very local ISP here supports it, we'll they supported it shortly after it became available and I asked them. Supposedly it was a simple thing.