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so how do I use that?

hebby

keep in mind that NFLX would probably be able to identify offenders. If you get caught you they will probably cut you off.

Lee

How many of those computers can be Macs?
A: Zero.

Still waiting to see the lawsuit over this...

badasscat

Nice find!

Wait, what?

@ Lee: let me see if I have this straight - you want someone to spend a bunch of money to sue a company for not being able to convince another company to compromise with them (DRM = the devil, but it's also the problem that prevents Mac users from using the watch now) so you can use a *free* service that not every Netflix customer can use, based upon their own personal computer purchase choice? It doesn't even work for every PC, how is that even logical?

*You* made the choice to purchase a Mac, so have many other people - that doesn't entitle you to sue anyone for *making the choice* to spend your own money on your choice of technology, nor is it the fault of the company offering the (again, free!) service that you purchased said equipment.

What is your rationale?

Some things you can use on a Mac but not on a PC - does that mean that the Windows-box users should sue Apple for the one thing that they'd like to use but can't? That doesn't make any sense at all.

hebby

To Wait, what?
HAHA. Well put. Although I do feel bad that this is going on. Netflix would rather have this feature for all of their customers. Given the DRM issue with Apple it will not happen soon enough if at all.

badasscat

Plus Macs can run XP ala boot camp,.....should we sue Jobs for not being able to run OSX on PCs?

If I wanted a Mac,Id just run ubuntu...:)

CJ

After talking to Netflix Tech Support, I was told that your account becomes unassociated with a PC after 31 days instead of 1 year - new policy. I assume this would free up a PC association. Also Netflix player activation limits are separate from the PC association limits. Forgot to ask what the player limits are.

Josh

Keep in mind that editing anything in your registry can be extremely dangerous and you should back up your registry before making any significant changes.

PS: Forget Macs, what about Linux users? Sure, there's Wine and VirtualBox and a half dozen other types of Windows emulation software, but Linux users shouldn't be forced to jump through hoops to get the service working. And the debate continues!

Just sayin'.

Justin

Not only can you not use it on more than 4 devices in a calendar year, each OS counts as a new device. I used it on XP, installed Vista, then went back to XP, all on the same computer, and that counted as 3 of my 4 devices.

I called them up to bitch and moan, and one of the managers implied that a registry hack could do the trick, so I found the key you're talking about in about 30 seconds.

KG

Everyone should keep in mind that these restrictions are required by the movie studios, not Netflix. Itunes and other media providers have the same kind of restrictions. To really put an end to DRM and content restrictions, we should be sending a message to the movie/music studios.

On a side note, doing this does violate your terms of service, so you could get your account canceled. And since unused keys will deactivate after 30 days, are you really getting a new computer or formatting your computer more than 4 times a month. If so, I think you have bigger issues to deal with.

Finy

Me and my roommate both subscribe to netflix (we have different taste in movies), can we get one player, and connect to two different accounts?

NetflixJunkie

"Me and my roommate both subscribe to netflix (we have different taste in movies), can we get one player, and connect to two different accounts?"

Why would you need two different accounts? You would have access to the same content.

Finy

We will definitely have access to same content, but different titles on our instant queue?

Justin

Wishful thinking, KG, but those limits are one calendar year, not 30 days. And if I format my OS once, that's two supposedly unique devices according to Netflix, meaning I'm actually limited to 3 devices. I won't use my instant watching privileges on more than 4 devices in a calendar year, but I'll be damned if they won't let me use them on 4, so I see absolutely no problem with getting from them what they say they offer and I pay good money for. If they want to talk about who's breaking the TOS contract, bring it on!

Gaurhoth

Can anyone confirm that this still works? I've been going through several OS reloads on Vista hitting the 4 PC limit. I tried this trick and it didn't seem to work.

Also, I can confirm that Netflix Customer Support is now claiming that the device authorizations expire after 30 days of non-use. The tech told me to wait 31 days and not try to bring up Netflix Instant Watch on any machine and it should expire and make available all 4 slots. Apparently this is VERY new.

I guess he could have been trying to get me off the phone :)

asdf

there are two registry points to edit. Just search for Netflix in the registry and you should find two id values, you have to change them both.

I also called and was told 30days.

asdf

it'll be at

hkey_users\S(followed by numbers)\Software\Netflix


I think. I know I had to change 2 the other day. The one in the post didn't work, searched the registry til i found another "ID" value, and changed that and it worked. I swear I remember seeing InternetRegistry in the path though..

goodluck

Aaron Fischer

When i ran into an issue with watch instant and AVG free anti virus, I was told it was 4 pcs for 31 days that was last month. Also NetFlix has a .net application that makes the registry key change. For those types of issues.
ps watch instant doesn't work in Firefox either. no service is perfect.

Sean

It now resets after 7 days according to netflix

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Also, I can confirm that Netflix Customer Support is now claiming that the device authorizations expire after 30 days of non-use. The tech told me to wait 31 days and not try to bring up Netflix Instant Watch on any machine and it should expire and make available all 4 slots. Apparently this is VERY new.

Mike

I Run Netflix Instant watch on my Dell Lat. E6400 using firefox just fine.

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