Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Jul 2013 11:52 UTC
Games "People who don't play video games would be forgiven if they turned on an Xbox 360 and didn't realize it was a device used to primarily play games. The first screen you see on the Xbox 360 Dashboard is often a mixture of ads for all sorts of goods and services, and many times games are in the minority of ad slots. The latest redesign increased the ad space that can be sold to advertisers, and that in turn increased this problem. Let's be clear, it is a problem. Game discovery is terrible in the current design of Xbox Live, and the usability of a system that used to be about games is suffering in order for Microsoft to make money on ads." Written a year ago by Ben Kuchera for Penny Arcade. In light of increased advertising efforts in Windows 8.1, this has become relevant once more. In a nutshell, do not count on Microsoft being able to strike a proper balance (thanks, Soulbender!).
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RE: unhappy user
by WereCatf on Sun 7th Jul 2013 05:16 UTC in reply to "unhappy user"
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Most of what I use my Xbox 360 for is Netflix. I am sick and tired of paying for Xbox Gold just so I can use a service I already pay for. Soon, my 360 will be disconnected and used for dvds and games offline. I just haven't decided what Netflix box to replace it with. I keep hoping Netflix will get their HTML5 video app out the door so I can just watch on Linux.

While the PS3 is also rough around a lot of corners the thing I like about it is that Netflix doesn't require PSN Plus -- you can just install the app and be on your merry way. Also, since the PS3 can play both DVDs and BluRay-movies it's a rather handy box for movie/TV-show consumption.

As for Netflix on Linux? That'd require Firefox or some other F/OSS browser to implement the support for DRM-modules; the Internet Explorer that ships with Windows 8.1 supports this and Netflix therefore uses HTML5 on it. Alas, what I've seen it seems none of the F/OSS-folks are willing to implement such support even if W3C were to accept the proposal and therefore such support seems unlikely :/

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RE[2]: unhappy user
by phoenix on Sun 7th Jul 2013 20:39 in reply to "RE: unhappy user"
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Google Chrome on ChromeOS (x86 and ARM) already supports HTML5 DRM and this can play Netflix streams.

Google Chrome on Linux already supports HTML5 DRM, although the Netflix module is not supported. Shouldn't be too long, though.

And, to help speed things along, IE11 on Windows 8 supports playing Netflix streams via HTML5 DRM.

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RE[3]: unhappy user
by Nelson on Tue 9th Jul 2013 01:36 in reply to "RE[2]: unhappy user"
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I think you're trading performance for ubiquity. I still don't get adaptive bitrate streaming with HTML5 video which is a major step backwards from Silverlight.

Its a shame that we let politics get in the way of the superior solution from a technological perspective.

On a plugin-free note, MPEG DASH support in IE11 is an arguably better way to support adaptive bitrate streaming which is standards based and done over HTTP using existing infrastructure.

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