I haven't had much time until yesterday to actually play with some of the new features of the improved Xbox 360
interface that was released a few weeks ago. One of these improvements is the ability to now stream Netflix
movies right to your console for your viewing pleasure (once you have an account of course). Seeing as I'm on vacation, I figured it would be a decent time to check out the two week free trial.
So... I log into my Xbox 360 and search for the Netflix area. I click through a few menu options and supply my email address and password, and then end up on a screen that tells me to "go to netflix.com/xbox
to create my account". So now I have to get up off the couch, stroll over to the computer and punch in a url. I do so and go through the regular hoops of setting up one of these trial accounts, including choosing a service that I can cancel anytime over the next 2 weeks for no charge (of course), and giving them a credit card number.
But now... it sends me back to the Xbox. I go back to the couch, ready to watch a movie, press a few buttons and then my Xbox gives me an activation code and tells me to go to netflix.com/activate
to activate my streaming account. Again I get up and go back to the computer, plug in the code, and boom, I'm ready to watch movies on my Xbox, Right?
Maybe I was a little too eager, or maybe the frustration was already kicking in and I had ignored a direction somewhere, but I went back to the couch assuming I could browse through lists of movies on my Xbox, hit a button, and spend the next few hours watching something I wouldn't cough up 11 dollars for at the theaters a few months ago. What greeted me at the couch was nothing.