Netflix’s “Watch Now” feature is really a great idea poorly implemented. DRM-laden and viewable only on XP service pack 2 or Vista, your viewing experience is limited to that crappy laptop you keep hidden in the closet. You know which one I mean – it came out of the box with more stickers on it than a red delicious apple (the irony!), took 3 hours to boot the first time, and you use it for testing websites in IE. It’s okay, we all have one.
There must be a better way to “Watch Now.”
Turns out, if you can handle scanning through a little HTML source, you can download the highest bitrate version of a film, strip off the DRM with a handy utility called FairUse4WM, and then transcode it with Flip4Mac, VLC, or whatever your preference. You still need to do the DRM stripping on your XP or Vista PC, but when you’re done with it, you’ll have the ability to Watch Anywhere.