Microsoft shows prototype of Netflix app streaming on Windows Phone

March 17, 2010
Posted By: Ryan Kim, San Francisco Chronicles

Netflix movie streaming is headed to a smart phone.

At Microsoft’s Mix10 conference for developers, Scott Stanfield, CEO of Vertigo Software came on stage to show a prototype of Netflix for Windows Phone 7. Stanfield, who is working with Netflix on the app, showed off footage from the show Rescue Me streaming to his Windows Phone 7 handset.

Stanfield said the app will include a list of new releases as well as a list of recommended stuff under the heading “Movies You’ll Love.” After watching the video, it’ll also show up in the recently viewed menu of the Music and Videos hub in Windows Phone 7.

This all works because Windows Phone 7 devices will support Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, which is what Netflix uses to stream its Watch Instantly movies.

It’s unclear if this prototype will be there by this holiday season when Windows Phone 7 devices hit the market. But it looked like a cool demo and a great way to catch up on your Netflix videos.

Here is the demo they presented at MIX10:

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