Netflix Streaming Finally Coming to the Mac
This is obviously great news for Mac owners, but Windows PC users might be wondering why they should have to go through the hassle just to accommodate a small percentage of Netflix's customers. According to Netflix, the transition over to Silverlight is not just about the Mac. Netflix claims that Silverlight will provide: "a faster, easier connection and a more robust viewing experience," as well as a number of "viewing enhancements" including "a breakthrough in timeline navigation that vastly improves the use of fast-forwarding and rewinding."
The only caveat for Mac owners is that Silverlight only works on Intel-based Macs. According to Netflix about 75-percent of its Mac user-base currently uses Intel-based Macs. The other 25 percent, who are still using older PowerPC-based Macs, will not be able to use the Watch Instantly streaming service. If you are a PowerPC-based Mac owner who is jonesing to take advantage of Netflix's Watch Instantly streaming service, perhaps now is a good time to upgrade to an Intel-based Mac.