Netflix has announced a redesigned version of the Xbox 360 interface to support the new Xbox dashboard. The app now includes more extensive gesture and voice control with Kinect. Viewers can now put down the controller and search for content with voice commands as well as scroll through the the app with gestures.
According to Netflix, “the redesigned interface allows users to browse up to three times the amount of titles on a high definition screen compared to the previous layout of the application”. Other improvements to the app includes interaction with ratings, subtitle settings and related title suggestions. The app is also tied into the universal new search function for the Xbox 360.
Netflix also announced the app now supports adaptive video streaming to constantly adjust the quality of the picture based on bandwidth changes in real-time. The app supports play up to 720p and also include Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound support. The app does not support 1080p streaming yet unlike other video apps like Zune on the Xbox 360.
– A better browse experience with significantly more titles available for browsing and up to 3 times more titles available on screen to choose from at any given time. You really get a sense of the depth of movies and TV shows available with a simple and elegant interface optimized for TV
– A richer play experience that includes access to audio and subtitle settings, ratings capability, episode selection, and related title suggestions while you play for a more integrated experience
– Deep support for voice and gesture control using Xbox Kinect for browsing and play functions (Confession: we really like to lean back on the couch and use the voice commands while we watch!)
– Adaptive streaming that constantly optimizes your picture quality while you watch based on your current bandwidth
– Support for 720p HD (bandwidth allowing) and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound so movies and TV shows streaming from Netflix look and sound great!