Internet TV & Netflix Comes to Windows Media Center in Windows 7

Internet TV & Netflix Comes to Windows Media Center in Windows 7

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In case you haven’t already heard, I wanted to let you know that we’ve launched Internet TV in Windows Media Center for Windows 7 users. Internet TV lets you watch videos from a variety of providers via the Internet right in Windows Media Center in addition to live and recorded TV (if you have a TV tuner for your PC).

For Windows 7, Internet TV has been updated with enhancements to the UI and features more content from new content providers. Those providers include the CBS Audience Network, Zune (Full Zune Video Podcast Library available), MSNBC, MSN, and more.

Internet TV for Windows Media Center in Windows 7

Zune Video Podcasts in Internet TV

And you can access Internet TV right from the Guide in Windows Media Center!

Internet TV Content in Guide

Internet TV is currently now available for free for people running Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. The CBS Audience Network and the Zune Video Podcast Library in Internet TV is only be available within the U.S. but Internet TV is also available in the UK with content from Sky and MSN.

UPDATE: Internet TV will be able in the UK coming soon with content from Sky and MSN.

Also now available is Netflix for Windows Media Center in Windows 7!

Netflix for Windows Media Center in Windows 7

Right from Windows Media Center, you can access your Instant Queue to play movies and TV shows and browse the Netflix library and add movies or TV shows to your Instant Queue or Instant Queue. Netflix in Windows Media Center is only available in the U.S. today as Netflix On-Demand (“Instant Watch”) videos are available only in the U.S.

Fire Windows Media Center in Windows 7 up today and give both Internet TV and Netflix a spin!

For more on Windows Media Center in Windows 7, I highlight recommend you check out my post from earlier last month on the 7 great things about Windows Media Center in Windows 7.

Brad Brooks demonstrated Internet TV and Netflix during the keynote at the New York City Windows 7 Launch Event on October 22nd. You can watch the keynote from the event on-demand from the PressPass Windows 7 Virtual Presskit site.

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  • srini
    1 Posts

    I have windows 7 with media center and xbox 360 extender setup. I can see the internet TV on my pc, but it does not show up on the xbox extender. Is this not supported or am I missing some setup here?

    thanks

  • i can't get internet tv. i have tried eveything possible with no success. is there a way to reinstall media center.

  • BengtM
    1 Posts

    Why have you not added any function for direct play, like in Mediaplayer? I would love being able to play Internet content on my Samsung TV.

  • First, the interface of windows media center is an absolute win and the effort with Netflix is GREAT.  In Vista, I watched programs through this and was very pleased.

    In Windows 7, there appears to be a few bugs still - any details on when the updates will occur?  For instance, the internet connection keeps getting reset only when using the Netflix on Windows 7 through WMC.

  • marty
    1 Posts

    I would seem to be having a bit of a nightmare with the upgrade from xp to 7 and after trying to upgrade to 7 I can not even reload a xp pro back onto the system .

    got 250 bucks in programing and would seem to be good for throwing accross the yard .

    Would seem to be a problem with having system files on the hd used 7 to format the hds and now low and behold even after using 7 to remove the pertitions and then using a lic copy of xp pro to pertition and format the hds tells me there is another op system on them..... it would see using 7 to remove that which it has made would clean this off hahaha .

    talk about pissed off guess I should have talked to IT person before tryiing to do the upgrade to 7 on my network .

     Well guess next thing to try is making a image disk and see if this will get me to a point I can do something with the tower .

  • has this been released as a Final Release to windows update yet? Because my media center doesn't have Sports or Internet TV or any thing mentioned above. all it has is music, pictures, video, movies, extras (which i'm trying to get more of), recorded tv/live setup, and tasks. I'm kinda worried. And I live in the USA

  • has this been released as a Final Release to windows update yet? Because my media center doesn't have Sports or Internet TV or any thing mentioned above. all it has is music, pictures, video, movies, extras (which i'm trying to get more of), recorded tv/live setup, and tasks. I'm kinda worried.

  • has this been released as a Final Release to windows update yet? Because my media center doesn't have Sports or Internet TV or any thing mentioned above. all it has is music, pictures, video, movies, extras (which i'm trying to get more of), recorded tv/live setup, and tasks. I'm kinda worried.

  • Sorak
    3 Posts

    Look north.. see Canada up here?  We can go to war but can't watch your internet TV?  tsk tsk

  • Generally, it seems to be down to the local Ms subsidiary to negotiate these content deals; it would be lovely if the US could make this more of a priority for them!

  • It better be Brandon! :)

  • Thank You -- I know ;p Please refer to your facebook group as I posted pics watching 90210! :)

  • anonymuos
    87 Posts

    No Internet TV for India, which is the 2nd/3rd largest TV market and the fastest growing one and there's Media Center available in India. Why not partner with Star TV, Zee Networks and the One Alliance? And I heard Netflix will be enabling live streaming from outside the US in 2010 if you have a valid subscription. Anyone listening? Microsoft India?

  • MidnightDraven, not yet. Coming soon though!

  • So there is no MSN content for the UK?

  • Hi folks, I've updated my post after talking with some folks here. Internet TV with content from Sky has not yet come online but should be soon. My apologies for the misunderstanding.

    I will update this post again once Internet TV with Sky content is available for folks in the UK.

  • Thanks Brandon!

  • XMtech
    2 Posts

    as i microsoft certified computer engineer i look forward to being able to report back to some of my clients with answers to  the same questions we have asked you

  • Folks in the UK unable to see Internet TV - thanks for leaving comments. I am looking into why this isn't showing up for you. Please stay tuned.

  • XMtech
    2 Posts

    i find that the information above is slightly incorrect.

    "but Internet TV is also available in the UK with content from Sky and MSN."

    erm... no its not sky hasn't launched on windows media center yet and MSN seemed to disappear from our windows media center 2 weeks ago when internet tv 2 beta vanished

  • mog0
    8 Posts

    Is the Internet TV meant to be available now in the UK? I can see a sky button next to recorded tv on the start page with coming soon next to it but the only sign of MSN content is when I go to edit channels in the settings there is a channel 9000 called MSN UK-Internet TV but it doesn't actually appear in the guide.

    Am I looking in the wrong place or has this stuff not actually launched yet?

  • And how exactly do we get this?

    It doesnt appear in my Win 7 Home Premium x64 Media Center in the UK.

    I've done a manual download within media center, and it still doesnt appear.

    How do we get this to appear?

  • Show Canadians some love!

  • mollyfud
    11 Posts

    Can understand that the network and commercial stuff like netflix only being available in US or specific countries, but why isn't the podcast part of this available everywhere the internet is? Surely for a smart, talented company like Mircosoft this would be a trivial part and as podcasts are already available, WMC would just be a podcatcher (at worst) and so I am sure most podcaster would love it to support them!

  • Are there any, I mean, any plans that this kind of Windows Media Center experience, or even XBOX 360 experience is going into Europe and even into the Netherlands?

    I'm glad for the Americans that are able to get those amazing services, but why is Europe left out? No mather if it's Windows Live, Xbox or now even Windows, we get like nothing when it could be so much better.

    I don't care wich service it would be, but I would love to pay like 5 euro (8 dollar) a month and stream lots of music, or maybe like 10 or maybe 15 euro a month to also stream all movies in HD (or close to it) trough WMC. My dream would become trough if MS comes with such service.