Netflix interface for hardware devices could be better

Netflix, Inc. I absolutely adore Netflix. I mean, come on. This is one single company that I had fallen in love with before I became a shareholder.
And they’ve continued to surprise me time and again. Even as times are tough, Netflix has a great subscription base where it allows you to change the next months to whatever plan you wish. If it’s a lesser plan, they don’t send you DVDs until you return enough from your greater plan to actually meet the lesser.
But here’s the one single qualm I have with them. I’m not sure the reasoning behind it, and I hope that it’s just a timing issue or something, but it seems that the API that they give to the hardware players are just lacking. Take for example, Roku. The Roku player is wonderful and I absolutely adore the fact that I can watch streaming movies right there from my Netflix account. But the ability to add and browse movie selections from even just the Watch Instantly is entirely useful but nonexistent.
That small piece of the puzzle would turn Netflix into a content provider and promote hardware partnerships. It’s great if they have these companies that are willing to take just the Queue, but there’s so much more potential behind it.
I’m hoping that this interfacing at some point will be released to the hardware partners. I for one, will continue to be a customer, shareholder, and fan as long as they treat me right like they always have.

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  • Joseph Dunnum

    I was also a huge Netflix fan when I first heard of it. They were my main source of movie’s for the last couple of years, but with the move to streaming content I feel they fall short. Until they improve their streaming movie service, I don’t see a reason to keep paying monthly fees.
    I bought a VUDU Box over the holidays and have been using it ever since. It excels in the areas that I feel are most important: move quality, delivery, and selection. I can watch movies in HD instantly, Netflix hasn’t even come close to that.
    Netflix has the selection down, but until they improve quality and selection, I am sticking with VUDU.

  • Joseph Dunnum

    I was also a huge Netflix fan when I first heard of it. They were my main source of movie’s for the last couple of years, but with the move to streaming content I feel they fall short. Until they improve their streaming movie service, I don’t see a reason to keep paying monthly fees.
    I bought a VUDU Box over the holidays and have been using it ever since. It excels in the areas that I feel are most important: move quality, delivery, and selection. I can watch movies in HD instantly, Netflix hasn’t even come close to that.
    Netflix has the selection down, but until they improve quality and selection, I am sticking with VUDU.