[RELEASE] XBMC Flicks - Netflix Movies / TV Shows (Video) experimental Addon for XBMC - Printable Version
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- jayleekay - 2011-11-30 19:34
I don't have it in my addons either. I just assumed it was because I'm using the pvr nightly build of XBMC. But, even before I was using the PVR build I was using a nightly and it wouldn't show up in addons there either.
Dead for now - ZaPHoN - 2011-12-09 08:43
Not sure how useful this information is but I thought I'd share it because it would seem everyone will be dead in the water until they get their head screwed on straight.
Redesigning the Netflix API: No Versions, Many Endpoints
Adam DuVander, July 28th, 2011
NetflixWhen video rental and streaming company Netflix released its Netflix API, it was meant to support its DVD-by-mail business. In the time since the Netflix API was released, the business has shifted to streaming instant video, from hundreds of devices. Meanwhile, the Netflix API hasn’t changed much and it’s time for a redesign, according to Netflix’s Daniel Jacobson in his talk at OSCon Wednesday. Jacobson’s talk offers examples of how the next iteration might look, including doing away with versions, but creating unique endpoints for each partner’s application.
Most REST APIs are designed to support multiple apps with a generic response. Netflix’s problem, which has led to its many billions of API requests, is that different devices have different needs. The iPhone may only show a few recommendations, while a TV may have several rows of movie suggestions in multiple categories. Yet, if those two devices are calling the same API, it will take perhaps a dozen requests for the TV just to load the Netflix home screen.
Once that TV or other device using the Netflix API is out in the wild, Netflix needs to support the API for some time, because it can’t always force an update of software running on a sprawling number of hardware devices. That makes changing the API very difficult. You’d think the answer would be versioning, but Jacobson thinks the opposite.
Rather than versioning its API, Netflix plans to offer unique endpoints for each device. Each is a sort of abstraction layer that speaks to a central Netflix API. By using different endpoints, Netflix also solves the exploding requests problem. Each of those endpoints can be optimized to only return the data needed by that particular device.
Jacobson explains the approach in his slides embedded below.
It’s not an approach that every API can use, though Jacobson said many providers may realize it once their platforms mature. With Netflix focusing on its streaming business, it’s clear this strategy is a way to improve user experiences while separating those optimizations from the main API. This pseudo internal use is where Jacobson expects the API landscape to see the most growth.
RE: Dead for now - bjs59 - 2011-12-13 16:33
ZaPHoN Wrote:Not sure how useful this information is but I thought I'd share it because it would seem everyone will be dead in the water until they get their head screwed on straight.
Okay, tried to set this up before finding this thread... I read all 65 pages until I came to this last post... Before I go back and spend more time trying to get this working on XP Pro SP3, it would be nice to know if it is truely dead for now or does it still work?
Thanks for everyone's work trying to get this up and running!!! Really looking forward to getting this to work on my system....
- ghart999 - 2011-12-14 19:57
I too wonder if this plugin still works (Win 7 x64) before I try anything.
- bjs59 - 2011-12-15 00:11
Well I finally got this going on my XP Pro SP3 system.... Took me a couple of tries (plus a couple system lock ups) to get it going and I'm pretty computer literate... (Have a FreeBSD Server for my home network services and a FreeNAS file server as well) Everything seems to work for me except my Instant Queue stuff... I will play with it some more later on....
- tamerofhope - 2011-12-15 07:52
Ok. I have Mac OS X 10.7.2 (Lion) and just downloaded the newest version of XBMC which was released a few days ago.
I cannot get the XBMC Flicks add-on to work to save my life. Each time I click on anything inside of the add-on, like top movies, new arrivals, etc...an error pops up that shows the name of the add-on file. That's all that happens.
I have read through most of this thread and cannot figure out what to do. Thanks in advance for help!!
- shateredsoul - 2011-12-16 06:49
i've updated my xbmc a few times and still can't see xbmc flick, is it because I'm using the nightly builds? If that's the issue, is there a way to get around that? or to build my own .zip file to install it?
- ginger23 - 2011-12-18 10:38
I've installed xbmc flicks from zip (it wasnt showing up in the add on list), but when i open it all that happens is a menu with options like "My Instant Queue - ALL"
It doesnt ask me for my details or launch a browser or anything. Is anyone else having any luck using this on the latest nightly on windows?
- risner - 2011-12-27 07:20
I'm still unable to use NetFlix with this plugin on Mac. It's been broken for a year now (Sept 2010 or so.) It plays in the background using Safari or Firefox.
I've changed iqueue.py several times from other people's suggestions.
I'm currently running 11 beta and it updated all the addons, but still isn't working.
It is still playing in the background and I require a mouse to interact with the browser window.
- pblack00 - 2011-12-30 04:59
Just starting to learn XBMC and Neflix plugin, it seems to be working for me with just a small problem. It seems that the screen is squeeze and the picture is in the top 2/3 of the screen. The video is playing well, it's just the bottom 1/3 is black.
I do want to note that I'm using this on a SD tv 800x600 resolution. Don't know if this makes a difference. Thanks in advance!