Monday, October 29, 2007

Netflix 'Watch Now' on XP on VMware Fusion on Mac OS X

I'm SOOOO close to being able to use Netflix's on-demand 'Watch Now' feature. Just one leeetle problem is standing in my way - DRM.

I've got VMware Fusion running WinXP SP2/IE7 on Mac OS X 10.4. I've installed the Netflix viewer software, and I can get as far as the movie player web page with the red Netflix opening screen and bandwidth check.

Then this lovely message comes up: "Instant watching message: Continue to your video by clicking the Play button when it appears below." But the Play button is greyed out, and it never ungreys.

The first time I tried this, there was an error message about a license, but instead of bothering to grab a screenshot, I just rebooted XP. That error message hasn't come back again.

Aha, I am not the only person who has run into this problem. This digg comment suggests updating Windows Media Player. Fair enough, I've still got WMP 9, and in fact previously told Windows Update to stop offering me WMP 11.

And.... success!!!!

Of course if I'd just RTFM'd I would've seen that WMP 11 is required. But where's the fun in that?

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