One of the biggest pains I experience as a Mac user is having to boot Windows if I want to stream movies on Netflix. In fact, that’s one of the only reasons I ever boot Windows.
So, why doesn’t Netflix support streaming for the Mac? According to a report on MacRumors, it’s Apple’s fault. Apparently, there is no DRM solution – outside of Apple’s – available for streaming to Macs today, which is preventing Netflix from supporting users. Apple hasn’t been willing to license their DRM system, so Apple is hurting the usefulness of their own computers.
Could this be because Apple doesn’t want people to stream movies from Netflix and would rather see them purchased through iTunes?
Ironically, it sounds like Microsoft could provide Mac users with a solution to a problem Apple isn’t willing to solve:
Microsoft’s Silverlight video technology appears to be the most promising solution which will support cross-platform (PC and Mac) DRM-encoded video. Silverlight is available in beta for Mac from Microsoft.
Sounds good to me.