I'm putting together a Watch Now Q & A, so send in your questions. Here are some answers to questions you've been asking:
When will I get access to Watch Now? Netflix is rolling the service out to 250,000 subscribers per week (there are 6 million), so it could be a while before you get access. All subscribers are expected to have access by June.
Does it work on the Mac? Linux? No, it doesn't. I bugged Reed Hastings about it during the demo (I use a MacBook), and he said they eventually want to be platform agnostic.
Does Watch Now work on Firefox? Safari? No, I tested both. You need Internet Explorer 6 or higher, and Windows XP Service Pack 2.
How many movies and TV shows are available? There are about 1,000 available now, and Netflix expects to have 5,000 by the end of the year. The problem is that the studios have long-term TV and cable exclusive rights deals, so it will be a while before all 70,000 movies are availabe online.
What is the selection like? The selection is still a bit weak, but there were some surprises. There are about 9 movies from my queue available (out of 435). I expect the selection to improve dramatically later this year. The Top 10 Movies are: Born into Brothels, The Motorcycle Diaries, Super Size Me, The World's Fastest Indian, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Street Fight, Jackass: The Movie, Chinatown, The Sum of All Fears, and The Hours. There are plenty of movies I want to see, that I haven't watched before.
How is the quality of the video? Unfortunately I still have the bandwidth bug, so I'm only seeing the lowest resolution. I'm hoping to get it resolved today and compare the quality of a Netflix Watch Now movie to a DVD and post the results.
Is it really free? No, you still have to subscribe to Netflix. You get 1 hour of online viewing for every $1 you spend on Netflix monthly.
Do I have a limit on the number of movies I can watch? No, you only have a limit on the number of hours you can watch each month.
What if I'm having trouble viewing movies? The have a support page and have posted a phone number for support (866-402-2616).
Can I stream movies to the Xbox? I don't think so, but I don't have an Xbox 360 yet. Maybe this is the excuse I need to get one...
Does Netflix use DRM to protect the movies? Yes, they are using Microsoft technology to make
prevent theft of the movies. Since most online movie services use it, I thinkthe studios comfortable with the technology.
Does Watch Now include captioning, subtitles, or DVD extras? No, not at this time.
Does Watch now work with the Media Center remote? It does not work with the Media Center remote at this time.
Are the movies in widescreen format? Most of the movies are in widescreen format. Born into Brothels is not, but that's how the movie was originally filmed.
What other questions do you have?