No Netflix Facebook App in US

Netflix unfortunately finds itself in a tough spot trying to get support for allowing their Facebook app in the United States which would allow members to share their recently played movie history to their Facebook timelines.  This app is available in the U.K. and some other countries but is blocked in the U.S. as a result of the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act which prohibits the storage and sharing of video rental history.

Mashable covered this story previously http://mashable.com/2012/02/01/netflix-on-facebook/ but I hadn’t actually known about it until I read a CNN article where Netflix had to pay a fine related to not purging former members video history which is required by the same act.

With nearly every other entertainment platform allowing you to share your interests, listens with friends and family should Netflix be excluded from this option?

I think congress should pass a bill to allow for opt-in sharing subscriptions, simply offering a “watch and share” button as was mentioned in the Mashable article seems like a perfectly good solution because it is basically putting the rights in the hands of the member and they can choose not to share, and/or remove it from their timeline at any time. 

What do you think about sharing your recent movie history from Netflix in a timeline on Facebook?

In my case, this would be useless because my kids pretty much just watch Disney, Nickelodeon shows on my Netflix membership so I would look like a kid using Netflix Smile

-Justin Germino

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Justin Germino

IT Manager who is a married father of two children living in Southern California, my hobbies include running a technology blog, doing product reviews, playing video games (gamer for life), and spending quality time with my family.

  • Roezer

    Hello Just

    The App has yet to post to it’s wall

    It still managed to get 1.3 million users all it does is link directly to netflix

    I find that it’s shares movies that you start watching, not exactly sure if it share the second you click play but the could wait till you watch at least 5 mins most movies do not even begin for 3 mins anyway it’s all logo’s and names of production companies. If you are using a wii you can easily unshare via the 1 button but it’s important to check your facebook timeline. I have had some problems removing movies from the feed as all movies seem to be as one status update and not in any kind of realtime.

    Your Kids could create separate accounts if you do not trust them use a prepaid card just to be safe. Not that sure about the legal section but the app can look like fun “Hey man did you not know I was watching netflicks when you called did you not see that I was busy watch movies” good for those kind of people. Google do not seem to care about it since it’s included in the connectcommerce