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Sony Blocks Netflix Movies From Streaming To Xbox 360

Sony Blocks Netflix Movies From Streaming To Xbox 360

This post is syndicated with permission from GamerFront.net

In case you missed it, Microsoft released their dashboard update for the Xbox 360, dubbed the New Xbox Experience. Now those of you that also happen to subscribe to Netflix may have noticed something else. Upon trying to stream certain movies, you may have been greeted with a message stating that the film you are trying to watch is currently unavailable. Here’s the least surprising part of the whole thing. All of the movies which are currently unavailable happen to be from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Coincidence?

Lets see, what motive would Sony have to pull their catalog of films from being streamed to the Xbox 360? That’s right, they don’t want owners of a competitor’s product to enjoy it any more than possible. We know this to be true, since all films in question are still available for viewing via your PC and other streaming devices, just not the Xbox 360.

This really only makes Sony look bad. For them to pull their catalog of films right as the NXE is being launched is just plain underhanded. They’ve obviously known that their movies were going to be streamed to the 360, so why wait until now to pull them? So the question now is if they will ever allow their catalog to be streamed to Microsoft’s console. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

VIA [ GamerFront ]







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  • Mike

    “all films in question are still available for viewing via your PC and other streaming devices, just not the Xbox 360.

    They’ve obviously known that their movies were going to be streamed to the 360, so why wait until now to pull them?”

    I'm not sure I follow your reasoning here. They've only pulled the movies from the xBox, but you're wondering why they didn't pull them (from the xBox) back when the xBox couldn't play ANY Netflix content? Maybe they did

  • Feigned

    Mike, The NXE has actually already been available to some users, thus they were able to stream these very movies up until the actual launch. So yes, Sony could have pulled them before, and they also could have notified Netflix that they did not want their movies to be available on the 360.

    Hope that clears things up!

  • grapenutster

    The title reads “Sony Blocks Netflix Movies From Streaming To Xbox 360” How does Sony do that to a product that isn't theirs?

  • grapenutster

    The title reads “Sony Blocks Netflix Movies From Streaming To Xbox 360” How does Sony do that to a product that isn't theirs?

  • Feigned

    Mike, The NXE has actually already been available to some users, thus they were able to stream these very movies up until the actual launch. So yes, Sony could have pulled them before, and they also could have notified Netflix that they did not want their movies to be available on the 360.

    Hope that clears things up!

  • grapenutster

    The title reads “Sony Blocks Netflix Movies From Streaming To Xbox 360” How does Sony do that to a product that isn't theirs?