Netflix gets Kinect control

Microsoft announces movie-streaming service now can be controlled by motion-sensing system on Xbox 360, albeit in a limited fashion.

When Kinect launched last November, the motion-sensing controller allowed players to navigate and control video content, such as ESPN programming, with their voice and gestures. However, the camera-based system couldn't be used in conjunction with one of the most popular video features on the Xbox 360, Netflix instant streaming.

Netflix--now with Kinect! (Sort of.)

Today, that changed. Microsoft announced this morning that Netflix on the Xbox 360 is now Kinect enabled. Xbox Live Gold members with a Netflix subscription and (naturally) a Kinect unit can use the service to instantly select, watch, pause, and play films.

However, today's announcement came with a caveat. It stated that players can "select from one of the recommended [Netflix] titles" on the Kinect hub and not a user's entire library. Gaming blog Kotaku found that once the recommendations are exhausted, the Xbox 360 prompts users to use their controllers to search for movies and draw up more choices.

Netflix, which boasts some 20 million users in the US and Canada, has been available to Xbox Live Gold subscribers since 2008. (It is now also available on the PlayStation 3 and Wii for free, and it will also be available on the 3DS this summer.) Currently, there are over 30 million Xbox Live subscribers, although Microsoft does not break down how many are paid (Gold) subscribers and how many use the service for free. As of March, over 10 million Kinects had shipped worldwide.

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81 comments
tjallen
tjallen

So far it is a fail. Does anybody ever actually watch their recommended movies?

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

Netflix film selection in Canada is poor & disappointing at best.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

i am disappointed. expecting full control. maybe this fall with the new dashboard update, there will be a much better experience.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Not big on motion control, personally. But for those looking for games to play on the highly recommended Kinect, all you need do is open your eyes. The games are everywhere.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@IceJester45 Yeah, me, too. It works great, but just with the suggestions for now. I suspect there was not a lot of PR fanfare about this because it's like a soft roll out. I expect (hope for?) full functionality on all facets of Netflix in the coming months.

IceJester45
IceJester45

I was using Kinect for Netflix earlier. It works well. Too bad I can't browse my queue with it yet.

monson21502
monson21502

copman stop trolling.. go play kz3 with your free move party pack... oh wait, no1 is still useing move to play it anymore:P

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

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lazycomplife
lazycomplife

This is the best game for kinect, amirite?

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Tried it last night. Basically useless. Controller or remote are faster and easier. Gimmick.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

"What isn't getting Kinect control? Actual games. I'm Norm Macdonald and that's the fake news."

CJ45_
CJ45_

@qskatermaniac who would have thought??!

qskatermaniac
qskatermaniac

tried it. navigating netflix with a controller is still much better.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Don't care, now where's my Hulu?

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

I dont have Kinect, and i (as well as 100+ people that told me) am not getting it, all games they have, and will ever seem to get is Dance and weight crap, i am told that Kinect is great for movies but i dont see that at all being worth the money, i have a X360 media remote anyway so im good

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Still haven't got Netflix (or it's equivalent LoveFilm) here in the UK.... also I've heard you can barely do anything controlling it with Kinect

mmpr7
mmpr7

Kinect cannot work with Netflix because Netflix refuses to do the work on their end. This NOT a Microsoft issue, but a Netflix issue. Besides, I use the voice and hand controls for the Zune Marketplace, and homestly it gets old after the first couple of movies. I'd rather use a remote.

Gamingclone
Gamingclone

Netflix now works with Kinect... kinda? Why cant it be completely? I'd imagine that it is annoying having to switch between no remote to remote. I'll say right now that I dont have Kinect, although I do have the 360. But after reading this article, I do not find myself wishing to use netflix with no remote/ or no mouse and keyboard.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@XeonForce You didn't look at my games list very hard, then...

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@Pyrosa Sounds like you didn't do a setup for the Kinect. That has never happened with me, and it is designed to cancel all that out. Seriously, do a setup, it will fix that.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

The voice control is SO annoying! Various dialogue in movies has caused chapter skips, pauses, etc. already... (Granted, it was funny the second time. The first time was "HUH? Did you touch anything?")

JadeNic
JadeNic

Why even release it if they were only going to do it partially? Why not simply wait until they could give Netflix complete Kinect functionality? Right now it just seems half baked.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

I don't want to work like a busy city crossing guard waving my hands and doing jumping jacks just to see what's in my instant queue... I'll stick with thte remote control.... same thing with the Move... navigating the menu is ridiculous and pointless if you have a remote... unless of coarse you like to move atound while watching movies.

dkpunk
dkpunk

I'm sure the limited browsing functionality will be rectified before the next update.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@Jurassic85, I listed upcoming releases in addition to games already out. That's somehow bad? That's somehow LOL-worthy? I guess my point is totally undermined. Frankly, I think the term "core" title is meaningless. Ask five people what it means, and you'll get five different answers. Regardless of platform, most games are based on games that have come before. If you expect new hardware to contain tons of games in brand new genres, you're going to be disappointed. If the Kinect titles are rehashes, then most non-motion control games--from Mass Effect to BlazBlue--are rehashes as well. Is that really a bad thing? The Kinect titles I mentioned at least moved their genres forward. That's why they're worth the money. But, yeah, to each his own. I don't expect everyone to see things my way.

Tharkun89
Tharkun89

kinect is awesome shut up hater. the possibilities are endless and you dont even understand. what if they add item recognition??? for example, the kinect will be able to recognize a lightsaber. not a controller inside a stupid flimsy hollowed out version. or what about a rifle? actually doing reload movements will be recognized. the kinect itself is like a new console. give it some trial and error time and it will inevitably succeed.

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

@IceJester45 LOL!! You can't list games that haven't even been released yet to prove your point. Besides, all the current games that you listed are just rehashed versions of games that already exist on other much older/current consoles: Wii Sports, Wii Fit, Nintendogs, DDR. Why would someone pay $150 for that? Oh yeah, because now it works with Netflix and the dashboard LMAO. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one.

KnightsBlazing
KnightsBlazing

Instead of bothing with Kinect on netflix maby you could make netflix good on the 360 I cant even stand watching it because it constently changes and buffers while on everything else it works well

IceJester45
IceJester45

@Jurassic85, Dance Central, Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, Your Shape: Fitness Evolves, and The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout. There are core titles on the way (The Gunstringer, Project Draco, Rise of Nightmares, Haunt, Codename D, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor), and Dance Central has plenty of core appeal for me--not that I think there is anything wrong with offering casual titles. You might not like what Kinect is offering, but that doesn't mean that there are no good games or no games anyone wants to play. Likewise, value is subjective. Some people might think Kinect is worth the asking price, and some might not. Personally, I haven't been interested in a Medal of Killzone: Modern Company 3 game in a long time and wouldn't be caught spending money to buy one.

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

I could only choose from the recommended titles? I'd rather just not be teased. No thank you.

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

@IceJester45 If can can name these good Kinnect games please do so. Microsoft has always been about appealing to the core gamer, while the Kinnect has simply made it more casual.

Flint247
Flint247

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Jex9
Jex9

ASSUMING KINECT CONTROL

XeonForce
XeonForce

@PixelAddict IF you own all consoles from all decades, why don't you have any PS3 games rated in your profile? hell, you even have the XB360 aficionado emblem. I don't mean to contribute to a flame war, but geeze, don't call other people out....

IceJester45
IceJester45

@Jurassic85, I can easily say that Kinect is worth its cost in fun or whatever. No doubt in my mind. And, yeah, there are good Kinect games. And, yeah, more are on the way.

MohammedMusfa
MohammedMusfa

What news about that star wars game that was gonna cme out for kinect???

MohammedMusfa
MohammedMusfa

Wish netflix was available to gold mems living in asia................... :(

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

@MoK86 My point is that there aren't any games to use it for, DUH! Besides is it really a "benefit" to be able to command the dashboard/netflix with your voice or by waving your arms? No, its a gimmick, hardly worth $150. Can you honestly say that Kinnect is worth its cost in fun/convenience at this stage? You cannot.

Irikron
Irikron

Interesting, but unnecessary.

MoK86
MoK86

@Jurassic85 REALLY? just really? the point of it is that for the price your paying for that thing is to use it to its full potential so instead of just games why not the whole dashboard. DUH!

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

Why are they working on adding these kind of features to Kinnect? It doesn't have any games that anyone wants to play, and now that are adding pointless features? Focus on games, not superficial features for applications (Netflix) that already work fine.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SolidTy I must be remembering incorrectly. I'm a passionate gamer (all consoles, all decades), too, and despise when people poopoo on technology. I prefer to see potential, and I think the Kinect functionality will only improve. Sometimes incrementally, and sometimes with leaps. This is a small leap, and i'd be surprised if Netflix doesn't have full Kinect functionality by end of year. The voice stuff is brilliant. They have to keep with that. There's something there. Something very Star Trek "computer... engage" about it...

oneligas
oneligas

if kinect could only make you popcorn and get you a large pop that would be perfect

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

@Indyskater Idk, the Dance Central menus work great.

oneligas
oneligas

well isn't that something, they added a feature to a product and service i don't have or use, well it is a victory for lazy people everywhere and being lazy is it's own reward

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SolidTy My bad, i haven't been paying attention. Just seem to remember you slamming the Xbox in an inordinate amount. Which always makes my fanboy detector ding repeatedly. Apologies.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SolidTy Btw, you're wrong. Voice is enabled.

AndyAlfredo
AndyAlfredo

@PixelAddict SolidTy is anything but. To make that broad assumption is ignorance on your part.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@SolidTy Correct me if i'm wrong, but posting in bold means you are in one of the Playstation guilds/clubs/fanboy groups, right? What's your gamertag?