If you're a Intel Macintosh, Firefox, or PC user that wants to try the new Silverlight-based Netflix Media Player, the Official Netflix blog has opened the beta to all Netflix customers. Warning: There are several things you should be aware of first:
If you're really sure you want to do this (they haven't said if you can "opt-out"), click on the following link: http://www.netflix.com/silverlightoptin.
It's a beta, so it could be buggy. If you have problems, post them in the comments on the Netflix blog. Not all movies are available to watch with Silverlight. You may notice errors or lower than normal quality when watching certain titles. The new player works on PCs and Intel-based Macs. Windows users should be aware that if you opt in, you will need to use Silverlight on all the machines you use to watch instantly.
Another warning: You have to be careful how many computers and Netflix-ready devices you use with your account. From the Netflix website:
In addition, due to requirements from content providers, there's a limit to the number of unique devices each account can use to watch instantly. Each Netflix account may watch instantly on up to six unique authorized devices, including personal computers and Netflix ready devices.
Reader Michael wants Netflix to add a way to "opt out" of the new Media Player: I think a lot more people would dare try it if they had the ability to opt back out if the selection of compatible movies was too restricted, or the Silverlight player too problematic to live with during the unspecified beta period.
If you've tried the new Media Player, what do you think?