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Watch Netflix Instant Movies in Boxee

Boxee is multi-platform Media PC application with a host of media applications. One of which is the popular Movie service, Netflix. Today we’ll show you how to get setup to watch Netflix Instant streaming video in Boxee.

Note: Nexflix requires Microsoft Silverlight which unfortunately means Boxee users running Linux out of luck.

What You’ll Need

  • A Netflix account
  • Authorize your Netflix account with Boxee
  • Install Microsoft Silverlight

Authorize Your Netflix Account

First, we need to authorize our Netflix account with Boxee. (See link below). Type in your Boxee username and password and click “Login.”  When prompted, click “Authorize.”

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Click “Yes, Link This Account.”

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Install Silverlight

If you don’t already have Silverlight installed, you’ll need to do so. See the download link at the end of the article.

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Log into Boxee

Now we’re ready to log into Boxee. Once logged in, click on “Apps” on the Home screen.

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From the My Apps screen click on Netflix.

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Then click “Start.”

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Click “Yes” to enable the cookie.

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Now you’ll enter the Netflix App. From here, you can browse your Instant Queue, Recommendations, New Arrivals, Browse Genre, or Search for available titles.

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Click on a selection you’d like to watch. From here, you can Play, Rate, or even add the title to your regular Netflix Queue.

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With a remote or the on-screen controls you can pause, stop, play, and skip forward or back through the video.

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Now you’re all set to enjoy the Netflix Instant library with Boxee.

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Netflix Instant is one of many great Apps included with Boxee. While the current available selection isn’t exactly overwhelming, most subscribers will likely find enough to keep themselves entertained in between DVD deliveries.

Haven’t tried Boxee yet? Check out our article on getting started with Boxee.

Links

Authorize your Netflix account with Boxee

Install Microsoft Silverlight

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 03/25/10

Comments (10)

  1. Voice of Wisdom

    Paul Blart is awesome.

  2. Daniel

    I don’t understand… why do you need to stream Netflix movies on your PC with anything other than the browser-based streamer on their website? Is this just if you’re already a Boxee fan and don’t want to go through the “hassle” of opening a web browser and pointing it at the Netflix website?

    Someone please help me out.

  3. DigitalGeekery

    @Daniel – Many folks who use Boxee have it connected to their TVs and access the content through a remote control. For these users it is considerably easier to access Netflix directly through the Boxee interface and a remote than it would be to open it in a browser.

    For people who watch Netflix streaming on a normal laptop or PC, it may have limited appeal. Unless you wanted to take advantage of Boxee’s ability to centralize local & online content.

  4. Brissietex

    Daniel,

    Boxee is multi-platform and has an interface more geared for home theatre use than just using it on a PC. Try using a regular old browser on a TV and you’ll definitely want to switch to a better media oriented interface such as Boxee as soon as possible.

    Now if I could only get Netflix here in Australia…

    Brissietex

  5. Justme

    What about http://www.go-mono.com/moonlight/ for linux users?

  6. SonOfJefferson

    I’m with Justme…what about using mono-devel/moonlight as compared to silverlight. What more must be done to over come the darkside?

  7. FloridaFlyboy
  8. HDr

    @ Daniel “I don’t understand… why do you need to stream Netflix movies on your PC with anything other than the browser-based streamer on their website? Is this just if you’re already a Boxee fan and don’t want to go through the “hassle” of opening a web browser and pointing it at the Netflix website?

    Someone please help me out.”

    I’ll help you out: some ppl, like me, have an iPhone which has an Boxee remote app and other ppl have the actual Boxee box. And Boxee it’s an integrated media center which manages all your music, all your movies, your Flickr, Facebook, Youtube accounts and all those ppl like to use one solution (Boxee) for everything. And believe-me, th remote control app is AWESOME. You won’t go back to the mouse & keyboard & browser, after you use it…

  9. Daniel

    One thing I don’t understand is why I have to go to the Netflix app. Why don’t Netflix search results just show up in the regular “TV Shows” and “Movies” searches in Boxee? I wish there were just a single search.

  10. Kris

    What I don’t understand is what does installing silverlight on my computer have to do with getting netflix running on the boxee?

    Is there a way to install silverlight on the boxee? How is this done? Or am I seriously just being really oblivious?

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