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How to Stream Netflix on Your Computer

Netflix makes it incredibly easy and affordable to watch movies and TV episodes on your computer. You can try Netflix for one month for free. You can choose from thousands of titles. The technology used by Netflix automatically checks your broadband speed and adjusts the streaming video quality to give you the best possible picture. Here’s what you need to know to watch Netflix on your computer.

How much does Netflix cost?

In November 2010, Netflix lowered its price for unlimited downloads of movies and TV episodes to $7.99 a month. That is a one dollar reduction from its previous $8.99 per month — however, this plan does not include DVDs mailed to your home. Netflix has other plans that includes streaming videos plus mailed DVDs.

What computer equipment do you need to watch Netflix?

For instant watching Netflix movies and TV episodes, your computer must be able to handle streaming Netfix content. According to Netflix, here’s what you need:–

  • If you have a Windows operating system, you need at least 512 MB RAM, 1.2 GHz processing speed, Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Vista or Windows 7. Your browser must be IP 6.0 or higher, or Firefox 2 or higher.
  • If you have an Intel-based Mac, you need 1 GB RAM. Your browser must be Safari 3 or higher, or Firefox 2 or higher.

I watch Netflix on my HP Entertainment Notebook PC with a 17-inch screen. The results are terrific.

The sound coming from the PC is adequate, but you may want to use headphones for better personal listening, or external computer speakers.

What level of Internet broadband service do you need?

You must have broadband service providing a minimum of 1.5 Mbps. Your image quality will improve with faster speeds. Netflix recommends at least 3.0 Mbps if you want DVD-quality video and audio.

How can you get started?

It’s very simple. Go to Netflix.com. Sign up for the free trial. At the end of a month you’ll be automatically enrolled in the unlimited download plan for $7.99 per month.

In order to create your own Netflix web page with personalized suggestions, Netflix will ask you for your age, sex, types of movies and TV episodes you like to watch, and how often you watch various kinds of content.

Then you arrive immediately at your own Netflix homepage — no waiting for long software downloads. Once you choose the movie or TV episode you want to watch, Netflix chooses the video quality based on your Internet speed. Then after a short buffering delay, your cinematic experience begins.

Any time during the movie, you can end it. Or go back and browse for another movie.

Steps for Adding Sound to Flash Movie

  1. Choose the sound from the sound drop-down menu. Once a sound is selected the property inspector will display the attributes of the file you selected. That includes sample rates,bit depth etc. The sound you selected will be the sound that is cued when flash plays the currently selected key frame.
  2. Create a new layer and name it something like sound. This is not an important step but it will help you to keep individual sound on separate layers in your movie. Each layer name can be a title that describes the sound it contains. And it is to position sounds when they are independent of other movie elements. The adobe flash 8 player can now support up to 32 tracks of audio. This means you can use flash to play 32 sounds simultaneously.
  3. Click the layer where you want to start playing the sound and then insert a key frame. For that select insert>timeline>key frame and before this you have to import the sound file in to the library. Check it in the property inspector (ctrl+f3).
  4. Choose the sound from the sound drop-down menu. Once a sound is selected the property inspector will display the attributes of the file you selected. That includes sample rates,bit depth etc. The sound you selected will be the sound that is cued when flash plays the currently selected key frame.
  5. To add the default pan effect select an option from the Effect drop-down menu or click the edit button to create a custom volume or pan envelope.
  6. Select option from the Sync drop-down menu.In general use for shorter sounds that you want to be played in time with a visual event in your movie,for example a thud sound of cartoon character falling down. Event sounds will play in their entirety until they are stopped or the sound ends. Use the stream sync if you want flash to force the movie animation to lock playback with sound file.

Unlike event sound stream sound will play only through the number of frames that occupy in the timeline. You must add frames to accommodate the length of a stream sound. Also if you plan to use an mp3 file as a stream sound you must recompress the file within flash before publishing your movie

Select the following repeat option for the sound.

a) Select repeat and then enter 1 in the adjacent field or leave the field blank. This will play the sound only once.

b) Select repeat and enter a number between 0 and 65535 in the adjacent field, the sound will repeat the number of times that you specify

c) Select loop. The sound will repeat continuously until it is stopped at different key frame or silenced via Actionscript

Movie Downloads Go Mainstream

Several years ago movies were available on the internet via peer-to-peer file sharing sites. Of course, issues of piracy and the risk of exposure to viruses prevented the average consumer from considering movie downloads a viable option however. More legitimate movie downloads came along a bit later in the form of Movielink and CinemaNow, but the selection was limited, download technology was a bit slow, and the equipment in the homes of most consumers made watching the films undesirable. For these reasons, movie downloads for the most part remained the domain of early adopters rather than the mainstream public.

Online movie rental services such as Netflix and Blockbuster have been more prominent forces in the home entertainment industry due to their much larger selection of movies. The primary drawback for such movie rental services was the delay between choosing the movie and receiving it in the mail a day or two later for viewing. However, the distinction between movie downloads, with their immediate gratification and convenience, and the world of online movie rentals, with their vast libraries of movie and television show titles, became blurred in 2007; benefiting the movie watching public.

Due to upgrades in how online movie rental services deliver their product, movie downloads appear to be going mainstream. In January 2007, online movie rental pioneer, Netflix announced they would begin offering customers the option of streaming movies to their PC although the availability of titles would be phased in over time. Within six months, Netflix announced that 5 million movies had been viewed using this download feature. The number of movies available to customers for downloading continued to increase and only six weeks later the number of movies viewed online had doubled to 10 million. Clearly, the popularity of downloading was catching hold within the average household.

In August 2007, Blockbuster the other major name in video rental, both online and off, announced that they had purchased Movielink. A joint venture between five major Hollywood movie studios, Movielink offered titles for rental or purchase and had provided early adopters movies for download to PC and portable devices. With the recent acquisition of Movielink, it is anticipated that movie downloads are soon to be an option with Blockbuster as well.

Certainly the events of 2007 appear to be headed toward a future of movie downloads becoming the preferred method of obtaining movies. If the escalating growth in the popularity of movie downloads evident at Netflix continues it would appear that local video stores will continue to lose market share. Similarly it would seem that mail delivery of rentals will begin to abate as well as downloading goes mainstream.