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Netflix has never looked this good

| 08 Apr 2009 | by 73 Comments

A lot of people have been asking for this, and now your wish has been granted: Netflix on Plex. Tens of thousands of instantly playable movies, and a gorgeous interface with fanart, high resolution posters and rich metadata.

Major props to Scott for doing a brilliant job with this plug-in. He’s already hard at work at the next version.

The Netflix plug-in requires the latest version of Plex.

You also need the Silverlight plug-in installed.



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  1. dmd April 8th, 2009 7:12 pm

    I don’t even own Mac yet nor have I used Netflix, but wow!

  2. Vivek April 8th, 2009 7:17 pm

    Awesome job guys. Kudos. This is great news.

  3. Lars April 8th, 2009 7:51 pm

    Very nice. Too bad the internet is turning more and more into a gated community. Netflix, iPlayer, MTV… * shakes fist at entertainment industry *

    Also frustrated because the Dutch equivalent of iPlayer is an unbelievable piece o’ craptitude that uses a mixture of Windows Media, QuickTime and Real (believe it or not) so a cool plugin is still far on the horizon.

    They’re experimenting with Flash, but on a limited (i.e. uninteresting) set of programs that will never leave the current beta stage. * sigh *

  4. James April 8th, 2009 8:02 pm

    Very nice work as usual guys.
    I just got my new mini a week ago and probably the best investment I have made in a long time. The app store was a great idea and this is just proof that the more open software is, the better it will be for everyone. I have been following Plex since the begining and its amazing how much it has grown over the last year. I cant wait to see what else is down the road….
    Great work again and thanks for all the hard work.

  5. Gustovier April 8th, 2009 9:43 pm

    Hmm I can’t seem to figure out how to view individual tv shows from a tv show season. Also the search screen doesn’t seem to work. It won’t bring up anything and I have to just go back in order to use plex again.

  6. elan April 8th, 2009 9:46 pm

    @Gustovier: You can use the comma/period (< and >) keys to skip back and forth between shows in a season, we’ll add more mappings for other devices soon. The search works for me and a few other people who I asked, not sure what’s up with that.

  7. Dave April 8th, 2009 10:19 pm

    Anyone having problems getting video to stream? I’ve noticed I couldn’t get any of the NCAA games to stream nor any of the netflix movies. It just sits there at Opening Stream

  8. elan April 8th, 2009 10:25 pm

    @Dave: The exact same thing happened to me – quite embarrassingly, actually, as I was in the middle of a demo to Anna and Barkley – and it turned out I didn’t have Silverlight installed on that machine!

  9. Mike April 8th, 2009 10:47 pm

    Oh my god, I have been gagging for this! Fantastic work guys!

  10. tassitassi April 9th, 2009 12:22 am

    elan: I bet Barkley knew Silverlight was missing the whole time!

  11. Hooman April 9th, 2009 1:24 am

    FANTASTIC!! Plex is officially complete! I just installed it in like 10 seconds, and it works like a charm! Excellent!!!

  12. h0nk April 9th, 2009 1:55 am

    Is a netflix registration needed in order to stream stuff or do they offer “free” content as well?

  13. salar April 9th, 2009 2:36 am

    Great work guys :)

  14. Chris Johnson April 9th, 2009 2:36 am

    dumbest question ever… but I assume I need a paid current netflix account for this to work?

  15. Ben April 9th, 2009 4:10 am

    You guys are incredible! This makes me want to finally sign up for netflix.

  16. Bolo April 9th, 2009 4:33 am

    Great Job, the Netflix plug in works and looks fantastic. I had the video hang up that another commenter mentioned as well. When I closed Plex it turned out Silverlight just needed to be updated. Easy as pie…

    This and the Vimeo plug in are my favorites

  17. Dan April 9th, 2009 4:54 am

    As always, awesome work guys, thank you very much!
    Quick question… I’ve only played with it for a few minutes, but checking the info under a bunch of streams that are available in HD, I find that the resolution is SD only at all times. We usually use the Roku box for Netflix, and not a browser, so I have to ask, is this a browser/silverlight limitation? Or can Netflix HD work within Plex?

  18. Daniel April 9th, 2009 5:01 am

    Only 25 movies showing up on my Watch Instantly queue. Anyone else having this problem?

  19. Dave April 9th, 2009 6:10 am

    @elan: Hey man thanks alot for pointing that out for me. I feel like such a nub! Thanks for making the best media center app ever!

  20. turboss April 9th, 2009 6:26 am

    Is Netflix available in Germany?

  21. Todd April 9th, 2009 6:47 am

    With boxee if you exited while playing a netflix movie it would not let you play another until the original finished playing. Apparently netflix says this is a problem with 3rd party apps usually. i.e. if you start a movie and plex crashes, can you resume the movie or do you have to wait 90 minutes or however much playtime is left? I suppose I could get around this by increasing my plan.

  22. Mickey April 9th, 2009 7:10 am

    I may just have to reactivate my Netflix account now! Awesome work, as usual!

  23. Dave April 9th, 2009 7:27 am

    Does anyone know if HD is working? I tried shows that I know stream in HD on my xbox360 like the office but they arent coming in HD for me.

  24. phullup April 9th, 2009 8:24 am

    Does the streaming part of Netflix work in the UK yet?
    Been to their website but cannot find any info.

  25. therandomstuff April 9th, 2009 8:26 am

    This is awesome! I just signed up for netflix.

  26. jetlagged April 9th, 2009 9:44 am

    Okay, what am I doing wrong?

    When I enter the Netflix menu all I can see is “Netflix preferences”. I have already specified my e-mail and password, and verified that Silverlight is installed and up-to-date.

    Netflix works fine in my browser as well as Boxee. But in Plex, it simply doesn’t show any options other than “Netflix preferences”.

  27. Tyler April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    Thanks for another awesome update!

  28. Jernomer April 9th, 2009 10:43 am

    Just to answer many people’s questions…

    1) You must be a paid Neflix subscriber to use their streaming service.

    2) And, unfortunately, only US residents can join Netflix.

  29. Willpower4u April 9th, 2009 11:43 am

    I can not believe this is a free program. Thank you for creating Plex.

  30. Mike Beecham April 9th, 2009 11:45 am

    I cant use Netflix, but I want to say VERY well done to you all who worked to bring this to the Plex community. Especially mad props to Scott who worked a LOT of hours to get this down.

    As always, I give my family much love and am so blessed to be part of a team that works as tirelessly as it does to provide what is, let’s face it, the best damn media center out there.


  31. Hilbe April 9th, 2009 2:36 pm

    Anyone else stuck at “signing in”. When playing a queue item back? It worked this afternoon but isn’t working now…

  32. Spectre April 9th, 2009 2:39 pm

    OUTSTANDING. You guys seriously kick arse. I got my MacMini for my birthday a week or so ago and first thing I did was install Plex. Having Hulu and now Netflix on there…OMFG sweet.

  33. mpconnick April 9th, 2009 7:11 pm

    Great work! I’ve been splitting my time between Plex and Boxee, mostly because Boxee already had Netflix. Now I can stick to one media center application and am quite excited about this.

    One issue and two requests:

    1 – My instant queue only displays 25 movies in the list although I have well over 100 in my queue. Boxee shows 102 in my queue.

    2 – Please add the ability to remove titles from the Netflix queue. This feature is in Boxee and it makes queue management a bit easier.

    3 – Boxee also has a My Recommendations menu that I sometimes find helpful.

    There are other differences, but this is a great start and the three listed above are most important to me.

    Thanks for the great work!

  34. Ben Voldman April 10th, 2009 4:28 pm

    It sits stuck at “opening stream”. I have silverlight installed and restarted the computer but nothing…. hulu works fine so i know my internet connect isn’t the problem. help:-(

  35. elan April 10th, 2009 4:31 pm

    @Ben: I’d check the forums to see if anyone is having similar problems, I know a few threads have sprung up as there seem to be a few people having issues. Not to worry, though, we’ll figure it out :)

  36. dailydisco April 11th, 2009 11:32 am

    Works on mine… love it! Best thing ever! I am one step closer to canceling cable and just keeping an internet connection…

  37. donmannig April 14th, 2009 5:56 am

    I have been using Plex on my mac mini for the last 2 weeks and love it. Adding the Netflix app makes your media center program a deal closer for me to drop cable tv. Great job.

  38. Video Master April 14th, 2009 7:51 am

    Can somebody make a Netflix streamer that supports PPC architecture or one that works on PS3? My $2,200 Dual 2.0 G5 is only 3 years old and can’t play Netflix movies. Thanks Microsoft !! (Silvershit)

  39. jon April 21st, 2009 5:21 pm

    Seems to truncate my instant view list after around 20-30ish items. I have 90 in there right now.

  40. elan April 21st, 2009 5:25 pm

    @jon: Is fixed in the next version, out shortly.

  41. Panchiron April 22nd, 2009 1:56 am

    Elan, I wish you gave foreigners an alternative to Hotspot Shield for accessing to Netflix, Hulu and so on from outside US. Hotspot is so slow…

    Sure that´s easy for you :)

    Thank you for this amazing software.


  42. will April 30th, 2009 7:54 am

    Just started using Plex and love it – Have dropped cable and am very happy about it – Just one question though – when I try use the NetFlix app it only shows the NetFlix Preferences choices (Username/Password). I have a NetFlix account and have put that info into Plex, but can never get to the screen for the movies. What am I doing wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  43. Jamie May 2nd, 2009 9:18 pm

    Is there a way to rewind to the beginning of a TV Episode. For instance If I watch episode 3 of 30 Rock, and I want to rewind to the beginning of episode 3. I can’t seem to find a way to do this.

  44. elan May 2nd, 2009 11:13 pm

    @Jamie: we’re going to be improving the TV section shortly and have single episodes instead of the whole season, so it’ll be much easier.

  45. sgarza August 5th, 2009 9:48 am

    Yes please single episodes :D

    Also when an episode finsh it says play next episode, but the button is inside the netflix “red screen” cant pushit even with the mouse, and if i press fwd in my apple remote it freezes on getting episode information, well it doest freeze just stay on getting ep info but i can hear the audio.

    I will try with “,”, “.” shortcuts and see what happens

  46. Daniel August 31st, 2009 7:16 pm

    @sgarza I’m having the same issue with playing the “next episode” in a series. Anyone have a solution for this, preferably using only the Apple Remote?

  47. Mark September 4th, 2009 7:08 am

    Elan, thanks for a great program! When I access Netflix through Plex, the amount of available titles is much less than what is available through the Netflix Watch Instantly tab on the Netflix site. Any solutions to this?

  48. eb1290 September 6th, 2009 10:47 am

    My netfix app will not even open/ launch from the view my videos screen. I have reinstalled it and deleted it many times… Please help me. I have a netflix account but the damn app acts as if I am not pushing enter to launch it. All other apps work great! Please, please tell me what is going on…

  49. Jonathan April 11th, 2010 7:30 pm

    Great App. Smooth and elegant.
    I’m just having a problem with Netflix.
    I am getting an error. When opening and selecting a video from Netflix. After it tries to load the video i get the following:
    We are sorry, Digital rights manager (DRM) Error.
    Error code: N8152

    Problem Playing Protected (DRM) content on your system.

    Any ideas what is causing this? I have a fresh install of Snow Leopard.

    Thanks in advanced.

  50. elan April 12th, 2010 8:27 am

    @Jonathan: Sounds like a Hackintosh, if so this thread may help:

  51. Will May 5th, 2010 7:06 am

    When I enter the Netflix app I can not get beyond “Netflix preferences”. I entered my e-mail and password, verified login, and verified that Silverlight is installed and up to date. I even uninstalled plex and silverlight, reinstalled and tried again….no luck.

    Netflix works fine in my browser as well as Boxee, but not in Plex. It will not go beyond the “Free Trial”/“Netflix preferences” screen. This is a key feature for me with Plex, I hope to get it working soon.

  52. elan May 5th, 2010 10:13 am

    @Will, I recommend you post to the forums, lots of helpful people there who can help you out for sure.

  53. Will May 5th, 2010 10:53 am

    ok, I will do that, thank you.

  54. Kierre October 23rd, 2010 6:37 am

    how do I get this on my mac?

  55. taxbax June 20th, 2011 5:23 pm

    um, how do i install this?

  56. Dalex August 10th, 2011 2:40 am

    Question: I am having trouble with the “Search Feature” in the Plex Netflix plug-in for Mac OS X current August 2011.

    I can’t Backspace/Back Delete, or Delete characters if I misspell.
    There is a “Back Delete” symbol in the entry box, but I can never select it. My only option is to totally clear the entry and start again. Frustrating.

    Any insights?

    DX in Philly

  57. zee September 1st, 2011 10:01 am

    “how do I get this on my mac?”

    I have a Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and Plex. I have a Netflix account as well. How do I add support for Netflix to the Plex app?

    With no options in the Plex itself I’m completely lost.

    I’m not afraid of typing command into the command line but even a thorough Google search yield *nothing* useful.

  58. luis g September 19th, 2011 11:41 am

    nice this plug ins is awesome but how install in mac osx lion?

  59. Aron September 20th, 2011 11:51 pm

    I’m having the same problem as these other people, this article is nice however HOW DO I ACTUALLY INSTALL THIS ON PLEX? Links? Instructions? It’s been surprisingly difficult to locate either

  60. Aron September 20th, 2011 11:58 pm

    Alright, I cracked the mystery. To install the NetFlix plugin on the current version of Plex (as of 9/20/11), you need to navigate to “Plex Online” -> “More…” -> “All Available Plugins” -> Scroll down to “Netflix” and choose that option. Then it will install. Not obvious or user friendly in my opinion but that’s how you do it. Cheers, Aron

  61. Heather November 6th, 2011 5:12 am

    i just installed plex into a new mac mini. i followed aron’s steps above to install netflix, but it is no longer listed. is it no longer available??

  62. Nagyman November 14th, 2011 5:54 pm

    It seems to be under Foreign (Region-Restricted) Plugins now.

  63. likesyrup March 8th, 2012 1:51 pm

    where do i download it at?

  64. brian March 12th, 2012 5:52 pm

    where the f!@# can i download or install plex channels or plug-ins? i just want to view netflix on plex please somebody can help me?

  65. Jack March 15th, 2012 6:48 pm

    I figured it out, Open up Plex (Not the media server). Go to:
    Channel Directory
    All Available Plugins

    Scroll down to Netflix.

  66. Vinicius June 14th, 2012 11:44 am

    I was able to fix this by going into Plex Media Server settings/advanced and unchecking the box that says Disable Compatibility Checking. Apparently Plex thinks all the plugins arent compatible when this is on, so nothing shows up in the lists.

  67. Madde February 18th, 2013 2:05 pm

    I cannot make this work here in Sweden, why?
    I can login to Netflix, and I can find the plugin if I change country in the settings. But when I enter the plugin it’s completely blank :(
    The website works fine, I have Silverlight installed.

  68. Sander August 14th, 2013 5:42 am

    This post is over 4 years old, a lot of things have changed! The Netflix channel is not really stable, thanks to Silverlight :( It will just not work on some servers/clients. The Plex Netflix channel is also only available for the US version of Netflix.

  69. jerryandmindy September 3rd, 2013 12:10 pm

    Netflix plugin has been broken for a few weeks now to what looks to both Silverlight (Mac) and Plex Media Server (Mac) upgrades. Does not work on Mac Plex app or Plex/Web; however direct access to Netflix URL does. @elan, Is anyone working on correcting this very popular channel?

  70. User December 6th, 2013 11:29 am

    Netflix on a Mac Plex plugin is not working for the current version of Plex and Silverlight on my Mac Mini and it looks as others have similar problems.

  71. Brent January 23rd, 2014 8:53 am

    Am I correct to assume this no longer exists?

  72. elan January 23rd, 2014 10:23 am

    @Brent ~ Netflix no longer supports an API.

  73. Matt February 21st, 2014 1:21 pm

    Netflix just gets worse and worse. Am I right? I’m wondering why I keep sending them 8 bucks a month.

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