Netflix On Facebook App Closer To Reality In US

Netflix On Facebook App Closer To Reality In US

This is the kind of news that is really like one-third of the total, overall news.  The House of Representatives passed a bill called HR 2471 that amends 1988's Video Privacy Protection Act, which will allow consumers to decide whether or not they will allow Netflix to share their rental history with others.  It's one-third of the news because the bill still has to pass the Senate and get signed by Barack Obama before it becomes a thing.  The only reason why Netflix and Facebook haven't hooked up in the United States is because of the fear of violating the act.  Still, why do we need our rental information shared, anyway?

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I don't really understand why anyone would really need Netflix on Facebook.  The only reason why anyone would choose to watch movies there instead of normal PC or big screen viewing is to announce to all their friends that they are, in fact, currently watching Memoirs of a Geisha.  This is something that Facebook users can already do without a Netflix app.  As this MediaPost article states:

But Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, argued in a letter to Congress that the amendment could undermine consumers' right to consent to disclosure of video-viewing records. He also said there was no reason to revise the statute. "The routine disclosure of video viewing activities is not something that most Facebook users are clamoring for," he wrote on Monday to Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.).

Yeah, no kidding.  This seems really only to benefit Netflix, and with rental histories available for those who might consent, advertisers.  I think the days of Minority Report are pretty much already here, like we're on the doorstep of having our eyeballs scanned and a computer telling us, "Hey, we see that you are a white male in his thirties who likes watching romantic comedies starring Katherine Heigl.  Have you considered breast augmentation?"

I would really like to hear from people who actively use Netflix and Facebook whether or not a Netflix app would enhance their lives: make it any easier, better, or funner.  I'm trying to wrap my head around it and I can't see a positive.  Whether you decide to keep your Netflix viewing on Facebook private, which seems like a contradiction in terms and nearly useless, or if you decide to let people see you rental history, which is invasive and only useful to those who would target ads at you, none of this makes any sense.


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  • Javier Cobo

    You watch movies with friends. You hang out with friends on Facebook. Why wouldn't you want to watch a movie with a friend on Facebook? You and all your buds can comment on what's going on on screen or talk about other stuff during lulls. People who come on Facebook can join jump on the virtual couch and start watching with you. Once everyone has Netflix on their iTVs (Apple's upcoming version of the iPhone, but as a TV set), it will be even more interesting.

  • Vincent Vanderford

    of course...

  • Carrie Greenler

    I am already using this app in Canada. Well, in US but with Canadian account. I love it and hate it I guess. I love it simply because I've watched sooo many great movies I never knew of until a FB friend watched it. The app carries over to any supported device as well, not just FB. When I'm watching via my Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3 I have list of movies displayed in 'like' categories for my top friends based on what they have recently watched. I basically am seeing their recently watched and currently watching (if they are on netflix atm) list; and Xbox allows me to join their movie. You don't (or at least I haven't) actually watch movies on FB, you watch them on your devises. FB just tells your friends what you have watched and if you rated it, and vise verse for your friends. It does let you edit this in real time, thus you can choose to 'not share' any show/movie you may have watched. Which is the only thing I don't like about it honestly. The app is defaulted to 'share' your movie. Sometimes I forget to click the 'do not share' icon before I play the movie. I don't always want people too know I enjoy such things as Caillou at 1am lol. But the app allows you to 'unshare' anything you watched at anytime via the device you viewed it on or FB settings. Oh and you can technically cut the entire FB website part out of it if you'd like. Its in the FB share settings. Basically, you will see your fb friends recently watched and they will see yours, but only on devises running netflix. It will never post anything to your actual fb page if you don't want it to. Long story short, I like it. It makes finding interesting/good movies/shows I may like but not know of super easy. I figure I like my friends (hence being my friends) so I'm sure I'll like a good portion of the movies they like too. imo, its a win!