Netflix on XBMC (XBMCFlicks)

Netflix on XBMC

Netflix on XBMC streaming isn’t simply a feature which can be good to have, for lots of people it is THE must have for just about any video streaming software. Unfortunately it’s been missing from XBMC for a variety of reasons, until now.

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First, you need to grab a Netflix account to be able to stream from, sign up over here (or click the below banner).

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To achieve Netflix on XBMC you simply need have XBMC 10.0+ installed on Windows or OS X. Because of a absence of Silverlight support, this currently doesn’t work on XBMC Live, Linux, or iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, AppleTV).  Sorry about that… You additionally have to reside in a region that has Netflix streaming (currently US and Canada).  Also another bummer..

Install XBMC Flicks

To install XBMC Flicks in the latest version of XBMC all you need to do is go into your settings then add-ons. Simply click get add-ons -> add-ons -> video add-ons then scroll to your bottom of your list and click XBMC Flicks.

Note: Should you don’t see XBMC Flicks, you don’t have a system that is capable of playing streaming Netflix or you are missing needed components.

Click on install within the following window and the add-on shall be immediately downloaded and installed in your HTPC.

Configure XBMC Flicks

To change settings for the application click configure from the installation window.

You may need to change the setting “Are you in Canada?” if you are using Netflix from Canada. This setting will automatically make use of the website for streaming.

If you use OS X, change the “OSX” setting under miscellaneous to Yes.

Allow Usage of Netflix

The next step is to authorize XBMC Flicks to connect to your Netflix account. If you are familiar with authorizing any other Netflix streamer this step will be really familiar to you.

In XBMC check out videos -> video add-ons -> XBMC Flicks and you’ll be prompted to click OK when you finally finish authorizing the add-on.

A browser window should automatically launch and proceed to the Netflix authorization page.

Sign in and then click “Yes, Link This Account” and you will be sent to the confirmation page.

Now close your browser and return to XBMC and click Okay.

Restart XBMC and go back to the add-on.

Using XBMC Flicks

XBMC Flicks works like every other Netflix streaming application.

You have access to browse your instant queue, top rated 25, new arrivals, or by category. You can even search to jump directly to videos regardless of whether it’s in your instant queue.

Once you find a relevant video you would like to watch, the full screen Netflix window will open and begin streaming your video. You will have to log into Netflix to begin playback so we would recommend having Netflix remember your login information for seamless playback.

During playback a remote control will still work for play, pause, etc., however if you don’t have a remote you will need to push Alt+F4 in Windows or Command+Q in OS X to quit playback and return to XBMC.  If you don’t have a remote, check out our Logitech Harmony post and why we think you need to get one!

Hit us up in the comments for any questions or problems!  As always, happy HTPC’ing!

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