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jpk2222 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Does anyone know if Apple TV plans to support Netflix streaming videos? We would hate to have to choose between Apple TV and a similar device like Roku that does support our Netflix subscription.

PC, Windows XP Pro, SP3
  • jpk2222 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just thought that Apple TV might gain a huge market share if it did support Netflix because otherwise, it remains a wonderful gadget with only a small niche.
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    netflix is a competitor to apples movie distribution model, so why would they support it?

    does the roku support apples itunes store for movie downloads? i suspect that would be a no.
  • Rebecca Marie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It is a GREAT idea to have AppleTV support Netflix. AppleTV does not include receiving DVD's in the mail. And when you have kids, and you have ClearPlay to take out the inappropriate items so they can watch it, you must have DVD's. That is why Netflix is necessary. If you play a movie from iTunes, you can't edit it with ClearPlay.

    So now that you are more informed, you might apologize for your arrogant rudeness to the person you replied to!
  • Chenks Level 5 Level 5 (7,420 points)
    Rebecca Marie wrote:
    It is a GREAT idea to have AppleTV support Netflix. AppleTV does not include receiving DVD's in the mail. And when you have kids, and you have ClearPlay to take out the inappropriate items so they can watch it, you must have DVD's. That is why Netflix is necessary. If you play a movie from iTunes, you can't edit it with ClearPlay.

    So now that you are more informed, you might apologize for your arrogant rudeness to the person you replied to!


    i'll say it again. netflix and apple are competitors in the same market. why would apple give access to netflix (and vice versa). no-one is talking about DVDs here.

    it's quite simple, if you want netflix then buy a netflix box.
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,620 points)
    Rebecca Marie

    While Netflix integration with AppleTV might be a great idea for you and many families, Chenks' points are quite valid.

    No one here can say it will never happen, but for the reasons he gave it's probably unlikely. I think you misconstrued his answer too - don't see it as rude myself.

    As for Netflix, send your feedback to Apple here:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/appletv.html

    Lets them know your thoughts if nothing else.

    Also, it's worth remembering that AppleTV is a worldwide product, whereas the Netflix service is localised to your shores (as far as I know).

    People from the US equally and understandably occasionally wonder if AppleTv coan support Hulu or Pandora etc etc, we in the UK would like BBC iPlayer and all the other online channel feeds we can get via a web browser. Trouble is Apple are more likley to develop integration for services everyone can use than things that only one country can use to the exclusion of others. Yes, it would be entirely logical to develop local integration with Netflix type services in every country but it wouyld take far more work to duplicate the effort.

    Realistically we should probably all blame all the movie studios and DRM lovers for such lunacy as regional DVD codings, and widely differing availability of films/shows from one place to another for online distribution. If it were a level playing field all Apple would have to do would be support the global content providers.
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (45,560 points)
    The poster was asking about Netflix streaming video. The post has nothing to do with DVDs. Chenks may be terse but he is neither rude nor arrogant.

    The Roku box is cheap ($99) and supports both Netflix and Amazon video on demand. It is a great companion to my AppleTV. Between the two, I rarely watch broadcast television (haven't had cable for years).

    If you are going to spend much time in internet forums, it's useful to learn to assume people have good intentions. Not everyone uses English as a first language, not everyone is proficient at written English and not everyone was brought up in the same way in the same culture. Folks like Chenks volunteer here for no reason other than to help.

    Best of luck.
  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6 (18,620 points)
    As Oscar Wilde put it:

    "We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language."

    ..... cat runs for cover...;-)
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (45,560 points)
    I've been quoting Wilde a lot lately, but mostly the ones about temptation.

    And, in case my American was unclear, I wasn't in any way suggesting that there was anything wrong with Chenks's English!
  • jpk2222 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    From the discussion, it seems unlikely that we will have just one Internet device in the form of Apple TV, we went with the LG Blue Ray player with WiFi and Netflix streaming to support our Netflix subscription (that we can upgrade to Blue Ray).
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (45,560 points)
    But, what you won't have is streaming podcasts, youtube (there is some stuff of value there), ability to use it to play your iTunes library through your home entertainment system, newly release movies for rental on demand. Most of what is available for streaming through NetFlix is older stuff (not all).

    Every choice has trade offs. My solution was an AppleTv, Roku and PS3 (cheapest one). But I don't really care how many boxes I have. Now if my television just had one more HDMI port....

    Best of luck.
  • jpk2222 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    We already have Apple TV for iTunes, youtube, and HD movies. We also have a HD cable box. Roku would have been a good complement to add Netflix, but we don't have an extra HDMI port for it [all components are connected to a Denon AV receiver that connects to HDTV so that we get 7.1 sound with the HD picture]. Our DVD player is old, and replacing it with the LG Blue Ray adds both Netflix and HD DVD through HDMI port for the DVD player.
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (45,560 points)
    And Apple TVs at least, don't seem to play well with the HDMI port multipliers.

    I'd love to hear how the LG works.
  • Craig Baron Level 3 Level 3 (680 points)
    My next step is to retire my mac mini to serve as a media center (directly connected to the TV), but I already have to many boxes connected to my AV amp and TV.
  • Clement Singarajah Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    There are at least 2 Blue Ray DVD players that offer wifi and Netflix streaming - an LG version and a Samsung. They work fine with PCs according to reviews. However hours of internet searches show that both of these are not always easy to work with on a Macintosh using OSX and Airport. Some posts show fixes and work around. I decided not to buy one of these players and wait till the Netflix-mac support is better documented out there. Like you, I would like Netflix streaming without going the Roku way.
    There were posts at the Apple Discussion forum and CNET/macfixit on these topics.
    I wonder if using both AppleTV for Itunes and Roku for Netflix would work without networking complications?
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