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Did a search first of this subforum but it only pointed to a MSFN thread about a blue-ray player.

Netflix has just come into Canada, so I just want to know, has anyone streamed it under W2K?

Is it Flash, Mpeg2[the standard for DVDs] or Mpeg4[as in the HD standard for H.256 for cable and satellite]

or do they use a proprietary player?

This is why I asked, though a lot of stuff does run under 2000, like my tuner cards, from the netflix.ca website:

Yes. Once you start your free trial, you can watch instantly online on your PC or Mac. You need a computer running Windows or Mac OS X and an active broadband Internet connection.

Windows requirements: - Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher; Windows Vista; Windows 7

- Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher; Firefox 2 or higher

- 1.2 Ghz processor

- 512 MB RAM

EDIT: Lenny Nero......I don't think they have forums yet.

http://www.netflix.ca/?mqso=80023807&partid=www.neflix.ca

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I've never used Netflix, but there's two possible reasons they might insist on XP SP2 as a minimum.

Firstly - Microsoft themselves no longer support XP SP1. That would make it difficult for Netflix to offer support, as if some terrible issue was identified, they would not get any help from MS at all.

Secondly - Service Pack 2 changed the functionality of various components of the operating system. Eg- turning the firewall on by default, adding the MSIE add-on manager, support for WebDAV UNC paths and hardware DEP. A more exhaustive list is at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb878160.aspx . Also, many of the Windows binaries were recompiled for SP2, and some functions will likely have been added/changed/removed. If the Netflix application depends on one of these things, there's no way it's going to run on SP1 or Win2K.

If you want to know more about their codecs, they talk about it a bit here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10102284-1.html

It's a free trial, right? So why not give it a go, and see how you get on?

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submix8c is correct. Netflix uses Silverlight. As long as you can run Silverlight, you should be able to run Netflix. However, I have no experience with Silverlight on Windows 2000, so why don't you test it and let us know?

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submix8c is correct. Netflix uses Silverlight. As long as you can run Silverlight, you should be able to run Netflix. However, I have no experience with Silverlight on Windows 2000, so why don't you test it and let us know?

According to: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/faq/#sys-req

Silverlight 3 requires a minimum of XP SP2.

Conversely, the page at http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/get-started/install/default.aspx suggests that you can have Silverlight 4, provided you have installed Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 (kb891861).

Suck it and see.

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It's a free trial, right? So why not give it a go, and see how you get on?

I might, to see if my connection is up to snuff

this coming weekend but if results aren't satisfactory,

I hope to remember to cancel, as I see it is a negative billing

option like the cable companies here.

jrf2027 and adamt

if you're right I just checked my Firefox plugins and have Silverlight

version 4.0.50524.0, so I guess it'll all depend on my connection speed.

EDIT: Naw, I'm going to abandon this, not from any shortcomings of W2k but

my 'net access is deplorable, just a notch above dialup at .5 Mbps d/l, as read by Speed-O-Meter.

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