Windows 8 Metro version of Netflix confirmed

It's one of the biggest Microsoft news stories of the year; the launch of their Surface tablet. We got some hands-on time with this upcoming device on Monday. However, we also wanted to let you know that during the press event that was held beforehand, Microsoft briefly showed off a Windows 8 Metro version of Netflix running on the Surface. This confirms that the very popular video streaming service should have a version ready when Windows 8 is released later this year.

The only other real detail about the app came from Windows head man Steven Sinofsky, who stated that the Netflix app would have support for the semantic zoom feature made for the Windows 8 Metro user interface.

If you are reading this news post, there's a good chance you are a Netflix subscriber. Having a version of the Neflix client working in the Metro UI in Windows 8 would be pretty important for Microsoft. Of course, Microsoft's Xbox 360 console was the first such game console that offered Netflix support. Indeed, putting in Netflix on the Xbox 360 not only boosted Netflix's reach, it also was a major boost for Microsoft in turning the Xbox 360 into a full-fledged entertainment machine.

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Gold sub not required I suppose. If things like this don't show people how much MS are robbing them blind on Xbox then there is no hope. Enjoy IE behind the pay wall, that's right paying MS to access the internet. Sounds crazy but your letting them.

oceanmotion said,
Gold sub not required I suppose. If things like this don't show people how much MS are robbing them blind on Xbox then there is no hope. Enjoy IE behind the pay wall, that's right paying MS to access the internet. Sounds crazy but your letting them.

This isn't an Xbox nor is it the XBL service. It's a vendor-supplied app to access that vendor's content.

GreyWolf said,

This isn't an Xbox nor is it the XBL service. It's a vendor-supplied app to access that vendor's content.


He knows that. He's going off topic; saying that since it's free on this device, limiting it to gold accounts on XBL is a ripoff.

GreyWolf said,

This isn't an Xbox nor is it the XBL service. It's a vendor-supplied app to access that vendor's content.

Two Microsoft App stores, two apps made by Netflix, one is free, the other is behind a pay wall and alone in that I regard.

Microsoft know they can get away with it on Xbox because people keep paying the Gold sub and that doesn't make it right. Each to their own but I just find it disturbing how MS continue to get away with charging for nothing when every other device known to man capable of these services gives access for free.

Please, just release a beta version of the app now....for us geeks that run and use Win8 daily. I was actually hoping that they included silverlight natively in the Metro browser like they did with Flash. So I can have a better experience watching Netfix. Here's hoping a beta version of the Metro Netfix app shows up in the Windows store in the next few weeks. Maybe after the Apollo event!

Well I mean this is where it will get interesting. Sure it will run windows applications but what about things similar to apps for android/ipad? Angry birds anyone? lol yeah for just the example but there are many very simple and cool to use apps that would need to be ported over to this for use. I'd wait a year after it goes on sale for price to drop and everything to catch up!

sava700 said,
Well I mean this is where it will get interesting. Sure it will run windows applications but what about things similar to apps for android/ipad? Angry birds anyone? lol yeah for just the example but there are many very simple and cool to use apps that would need to be ported over to this for use. I'd wait a year after it goes on sale for price to drop and everything to catch up!

It won't even be released for at least another 4 months and there are over 200 apps available in the store. How many were available on iTunes/Android store before they were available?

"If you are reading this news post, there's a good chance you are a Netflix subscriber" ... I was a subscriber, they don't quite have enough content to be a serious competitor to LoveFilm in the UK. Fingers crossed for a LoveFilm app that's as good as the Netflix one described!

Hopefully it would be full featured and work like their webpage. I'd hate to have to leave the app to just open the browser to get the left out features.

dogmai79 said,
Hopefully it would be full featured and work like their webpage. I'd hate to have to leave the app to just open the browser to get the left out features.

Pretty sure the initial version will not have full functionality and they will update it later down the track with full functionality.

sam232 said,

Pretty sure the initial version will not have full functionality and they will update it later down the track with full functionality.

A default Metro app project in Visual Studio already has pretty much everything you need for a fully functional movie browser. I can't see a reason to provide a limited experience in the first place.