Microsoft discusses upcoming Netflix changes on XBL

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 5 August 2009 00:13 GMT


When Netflix gets updated on Xbox Live August 11, users will have to add new movies to the queue via their PC and do it manually.

Granted, the change will happen momentarily on the dashboard, but apparently users will only be able to choose the 50 most recent titles added to a each category. If they want something more arcane or less popular, of to the PC they will have to go.

Ben Smith, director of program management for Xbox Live, lead the team that designed the new Netflix update and says the “Netflix lite” approach was created to give a more “video rental store” experience to customers.

“I think when people come to Xbox they’re not really looking so much for functional, they really want to have fun, they want to be wowed,” he told MTV Multiplayer. “If we find out that people really think it’s hard and they really want to find all movies that begin with “B” or something like that, we’ll definitely go down that path. With Marketplace we did that…there was kind of a compromise.”

More through the link.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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