One million Xbox 360 users tap Netflix

In less than three months, Netflix has streamed over 1.5 billion minutes of content to Xbox users.

Corrected at 12:53 p.m. PST Friday, February 6, 2009, to indicate that Sony is available again via streaming and Netflix does not currently rent games.

While I'm both an Xbox 360 gamer and a Netflix user, I still haven't signed up for Netflix on my Xbox.

That's the unpopular stand, it seems, as Microsoft and the video rental site on Thursday announced that more than 1 million Xbox users have downloaded and activated the movie service since it was introduced on the game console in November of last year. That translates to more than 13,000 users a day.

Not only that, but members using the service have watched more than 1.5 billion minutes of streaming video.

But so far it's just movies and TV shows. It would seem the logical next step would be for the service to offer games for rent on-demand. This would be good for Netflix, but we're not sure Xbox would be on board do to the loss of licensing revenue it makes from game purchases. However, if some income sharing deal falls into place it could happen.

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    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.


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